Part 9 of Watty’s Flat Spots – Neil Watson was at Haydock on Saturday & has 3 eye catchers for your trackers…..

Saturday afternoon was a very interesting one for sure at Haydock Park for the Sprint Cup sponsored by that well known betting exchange famous for its yellow and black livery along with multiple podcasts and trainers columns.

Unfortunately the afternoon did have over thirty non runners due to the rain, which was forecast for Friday night. Lots of trainers declared on Thursday morning expecting it to tip it down, sadly the rain failed to appear, this in turn meant the clerk of the course didn’t water as he expected Mother Nature to do it for him and save on the water bill.

For racegoers like myself who note the non runners down in the race card, we ended up during the course of the afternoon taking it out many times to jot the initials N.R. next to horses names many times.
I felt more like the Nottingham Forest chairman having to continually get the cheque book out as has happened quite a lot during the summer, although thankfully my bank balance remained the same.

Minzaal

On the track Minzaal ran out a very ready winner of the big Group One and it looks to be all systems go for the Owen Burrows trained sprinter to head to Ascot next month for the Champion Sprint and for jockey Jim Crowley it will most definitely be a month to savour potentially if Baaeed does as many people are expecting and heads to Longchamp for the Arc.

But the afternoon did have some other races and of those here are three that caught my eye very much.

Naval Power

1 – Naval Power – 2yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Charlie Appleby.

In the opening race of the afternoon which was the Listed Ascendant Stakes over 1m we saw a very impressive performance by son of Teofilo as he saw out the extra furlong pretty easily to pick up another Listed race following on from his recent Ascot win.

Naval Power should improve even more as a 3yo, he will head for the Royal Lodge at Newmarket at the end of the month and that will probably be his last run of the year before his winter holidays.

Triple Time

2 – Triple Time – 3yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Kevin Ryan.

Only four went to post for the G3 Superior Mile, (No prizes for guessing the race distance) but despite the depleted field the winner Triple Time made a triumphant return to the track after a year off the track, he was originally meant to be Newmarket bound for the 2000 Guineas in May until injury ruled him out.

Last year he won two of his four starts as a juvenile with them both being at Haydock, the second one being in the Ascendant Stakes on this card last year, he clearly loves this track although there will be nothing in the racing programme for him now at Haydock and it’s very unlikely he’ll be gelded to go jumping around here.

I can see him offering even more as a 4yo and getting 10f should prove no problems, France would be a more logical choice should be run again this season although if Kevin Ryan were to pull up stumps and declare until 2023 then that would be no surprise.

3 – Alazwar – 4yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Archie Watson.

A horse who has had a rather unorthodoxed start to his racing career.

Originally with Richard Hannon he never made it to the course and ended up in the care of Archie Watson, his first race came at Huntingdon last October where he won a junior bumper over 1m 5f, a couple defeats later including one at Cheltenham on New Years Day he then went over hurdles at Market Rasen in February where he came third of seven runners.

Switching to the flat he won two novice races both at Wolverhampton over 1m and came here off the back of a runners up spot at Ascot in the 7f Lady Riders Handicap. He bounced out nicely under Hollie Doyle and found plenty for pressure.

He is probably still just about ahead of the handicapper but he is a very big horse and he might be back over hurdles in the winter although he definitely is one to keep an eye out as he makes hay on the flat.

Neil Watson

Article & Pictures – Neil Watson (@WattyRacing)

An AOLR Production – Published : September 2022

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