HAYDOCK Park’s Sprint Cup could be the next stop for jet-heeled Stewards’ Cup champion Khaadem.
The Dark Angel colt eased to victory by an impressive two and three-quarter lengths in the six furlongs cavalry charge at Glorious Goodwood.
And trainer Charlie Hills, whose father Barry won the Sprint Cup with Royal Applause (1997) and Red Clubs (2007), said: “Khaadem is a class horse and is only going to get better and better, so I think we’ve got to go to the top table with him.
“He could be a Group horse – so we will have a look at the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.
“Magical Memory won the Stewards Cup for me and just got beaten in the Sprint Cup four years ago (finished third) so we’ll probably follow that path.”
Khaadem made short work of a typically strong field in the Stewards’ Cup, carrying the highest weight ever by a three-year-old to victory in the race.
“He’s got the most beautiful pedigree, and we’d love to make a stallion out of him by winning a Group One,” said jockey Jim Crowley, Khaadem’s winning rider at Goodwood.
“The Sprint Cup is the sort of race we can go for now and that’s probably the logical step to go to Haydock Park where he should have a good chance.”
Next month’s Sprint Cup is shaping up to be one of the Group races of the season at Haydock Park.
July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns and Advertise, who continued Frankie Dettori’s golden season by winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville earlier this month, are among the high-class entries.
Dettori has ridden the Martyn-Meade trained sprinter six times and has only been beaten on him twice.
Meade said: “He’s won three Group Ones now in Ireland, England and France, which is a great achievement.”
Considering future targets Meade added: “You’ve got the Sprint Cup at Haydock, which has to be high on the agenda, Champions Day at Ascot and a seven-furlong race in France on Arc Day (Prix de la Foret).”
Dettori said: “Advertise is a tough horse who doesn’t know how to run a bad race.”
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