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Superior Tempest to come up trumps at Haydock

We’ve already covered the big race at Haydock – the Betfred Sprint Cup – and now it’s time to see if we can find the winner of the other Group race on the card. Sadly, just six runners are set to line up for the Group 3 Superior Mile but it looks an interesting and decent contest nonetheless.


The progressive Captain Cat heads the market at the moment and he’s an admirable sort who, despite having an awful head-carriage, always seems to give his best. The fact that we are getting some drying ground will be massively in his favour and helps to make him the one to beat.


My problem is that he has a 3lb penalty for winning at this level on his penultimate start and that, along with the possibility of a tactical race, could make life difficult. It mightn’t matter a damn for all I know but the current quotes are around the 7/4 mark, which doesn’t make a whole lot of appeal.


Penitent also has a 3lb penalty and although coming back up to a mile might help him, some rain wouldn’t have gone astray and his price looks right. Short Squeeze is the really interesting one for Hugo Palmer as despite having plenty to find with some of these, he has hinted on a number of occasions that he’s a Group-class performer waiting to happen. That was on show when he won a big handicap at York last time out, defying 102 in the process, but he’s a keen-going sort who got a proper race-pace there and today’s event will be run differently.


The one that I keep coming back to is Ocean Tempest (11/4) for John Ryan and Adam Kirby. Getting 4lbs from Captain Cat, to whom he’s rated 2lb superior, is an obvious positive and the 5-year-old arrives here on the back of a mammoth effort having won a good Chester handicap this time last week. There, he defied a mark of 115, which is an unbelievable feat in handicap company and posting a similar figure would surely be good enough to see him win this. The ground should be fine for him and a flat track suits best, so there are no excuses in that regard either. This is effectively a glorified Listed race to boot and I think that he has a better chance than 11/4 would suggest. He really should go close to winning.


Selection for the Superior Mile (2:40 Haydock; Saturday, 5th September):


Ocean Temptest Silks Ocean Tempest – 11/4, available with a few firms.


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