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St Leger set to share bill with postponed Sprint Cup

THE world's oldest Classic will share the bill with another Group 1 contest for the first time next Saturday after the Sprint Cup was added to the Ladbrokes St Leger card.

Doncaster have stepped in to save the 6f contest which was lost when Haydock was forced to admit defeat in its week-long battleto beat the threat of waterlogging.

Confirming the news after talks with the BHA, course managing director Adam Waterworth said: "Where the Sprint Cup fits into the programme depends on Channel 4 and as to whether they will extend the coverage or whether we look to replace one of the existing races on television.

"That will not be decided until Monday but it will probably be the race immediately before the Leger."

Haydock ante-post favourite Utmost Respect will take his chance at Doncaster, with Richard Fahey glad for a second chance with the sprinter who was denied another big prize when York's William Hill Trophy was washed out last year.                                                  
"That is twice it has happened to this horse - the secret is not to make him favourite and it will be on!" the trainer said.

"At least it is on next Saturday. I would prefer if it was on today but I think everybody would have done.

"Knot In Wood is in the Ayr Gold Cup andthat might scupper plans for him but we will see."

Haydock had covered the sprint track with plastic sheets in an attempt to save racing but there was 35mm of rain in 24 hours and clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: "The problem was that they could cope with rain falling in sensible qualities but it eventually fell at a rate which meant they simply couldn't cope and so water got underneath them and that was the end of it.

"It isvery disappointing. We feel a bit like finishing an honourable second in a heavyweight boxing contest, there are no silver medals handed out."


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