Starman Set To Face 13 Rivals In Group One Sprint Cup


The first ever Group One winner for Ed Walker, Starman looks set to land a sprinting double, with him currently being the 6/5 favourite for the Haydock feature Sprint Cup on Saturday.

The four year old this season has been the shining light for the yard, making a superb seasonal reappearance at York when taking the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes and off the back of that landed the yards first win in a Group One when taking out the July Cup at Newmarket.

Looking for more black type glory he was last seen finishing a good third in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest behind two french stars, with the soft ground that day hindering his finish.

With his main rival Dragon Symbol not being declared for the Sprint Cup on Saturday he has been backed into as short as 6/5 to land the event and with the forecast looking to keep the ground quick, he is the standout pick for the race.

He is set to take on 13 runners with his leading challengers looking to be the Tim Easterby trained Art Power, Charlie Appleby handled Creative Force and Archie Watson's Glen Shiel, who went close in last year's renewal.

Clive Cox has left in his two entries, Supremacy and Nando Parrado and he is hoping the former can give his true running having not yet hit the heights of his two year old career.

(Credit ATR) Cox said:“The drier autumn has given us a chance to include Supremacy, while Nando Parrado ran a blinder at Newbury in the Hungerford and this is an opportunity to run back over six.

“Supremacy is showing me the right signs and with the dry forecast we’re keen to have a look.

“We’ll assess the situation as the week goes by.”