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Haydock to beat rain with waterproof sheet

HAYDOCK is taking extreme measures in an attempt to prevent the weather from washing out the £300,000 Betfred Sprint Cup on the track's biggest Flat day of the season on Saturday.

The track is currently soft but with an inch of rain forecast this week, officials have taken precaution by forking out £30,000 on covers to protect the majority of the 6f sprint track.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: "Now we have got the sheet down where the problems might be we are confident. Without this action it's questionable as to whether we would be fitto race by Saturday.

"We are expecting 5 to 6mm of rain per day with the forecast particlarly bad for Friday. The going is currently soft. The prudent expectation is that it will be the same on Saturday," Tellwright told the Guardian on Monday.

Jeremy Noseda is wary of rain scuppering the chances of Strike The Deal in the Sprint Cup.

One of a handful of three-year-olds in the Group 1 dash,Strike The Deal will need to step up from two reasonable efforts in lower grade events over the last couple of months and has his best form on a quicker surface.

"I just hope it doesn't rain too much," said the Newmarket trainer. "He needs the ground to be faster but I heard a weather forecast today, and that looked pretty poor."

Richard Hannon could run Assertive but his son and assistant, Richard jnr, is not too hopeful of shaking up the principles.

Assertive won the Duke Of York Stakes in May but has finished down the field on his two most recent starts.

"He could well run,but I expect he'll be struggling again in a Group 1 race," Hannon jnr reported.


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