Corrybrough firing in build up to Sprint Cup
HENRY CANDY is looking for a good run from Corrybrough in the Ladbrokes Sprint Cup at Doncaster on Saturday.
The trainer has been happy with the Kyllachy colt following his run at Deauville a month ago when he finished fifth to Inxile.
"Corrybrough is very well, he's come back from France fresh and enjoyed his trip over. He was flying at the finish but there but probably was left with too much to do," said Candy.
"Holding him up is the way to ride him, though, like at Sandown (when he beat Inxile).
"I think that he is equally effective over five and six furlongs, but over six it makes the jockey's life a bit easier. Over five, your chance is in the lap of the Gods.
"I'm not sure how we'll figure in the draw, he's quite far over in stall three.
"I suppose it will just depend where most of the speed comes from.
"I'm sure the ground is drying out all of the time there, but ground won't be an issue and I don't think the switch in racecourse will be a problem either."
Michael Jarvis hopes the transferral of the race from Haydock will pay dividends for Ancien Regime.
The Newmarket trainer withdrew the son of King's Best from the Merseyside track at the final declaration stage - but it turned out to be academic as last Saturday's meeting was lost because the course was waterlogged.
With better conditions anticipated on Town Moor, Jarvis has given Ancien Regime the go-ahead in what will be his first race since he was successful at Sandown in early July.
"He's been off the track for a while but there have been no problems with him," said the trainer.
"He won on good to soft ground as a juvenile and while he wouldn't want it too heavy, he should be fine and he has an outside chance.
"We weren't going to run him in the race at Haydock last week as soft ground there is very testing.
"At Doncaster it is not quite so bad, so it has worked out well for us."
Eric Alston is also unsure about the draw (nine) for his runner Reverence, who took the Sprint Cup at Haydock in 2006.
"He's in great order, he's just as good as he was ahead of Haydock last week. The track won't make any difference to him at all," said the trainer handler.
"I wouldn't know about the draw. It depends where the jockeys decide to go I suppose.
"I'd sooner be drawn high if I had the choice, but he should run well."
French challenger African Rose, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, has been stabled in Newmarket since Haydock was abandoned.
"She's stayed over down in Newmarket and everyone seems very pleased with her," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
"She was a good second last time in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and we are very hopeful."
Utmost Respect, fourth that day, is in top shape as he bids to get off the mark at the highest level.
"Utmost Respect is in good form and the extra week from Haydock has not bothered him," said Robin O'Ryan, assistant to trainer Richard Fahey.
"He remains very well and we couldn't be happier with him. It is well known he likes soft ground and obviously the softer it is, the better his chance."
Connections of Equiano believe the King's StandStakes winner will be suited by the step up to 6f.
"I just think they took him off his feet at Newmarket (in the Nunthorpe)," said trainer Barry Hills' son and assistant, Charlie.
"I know he won a Group 1 over five furlongs but I think six would really suit him down to the ground.
"There's a good bit of stamina on the dam's side as well.
"He's a very laid-back horse. I think the switch from Haydock will probably come into his favour."