Society Rock: will be partnered by Kieren Fallon in the Haydock Sprint CupPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Fanshawe after change of luck for Rock at Haydock
SOCIETY ROCK is in top form at home as he prepares for a shot at the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup on Saturday according to trainer James Fanshawe, who is hoping for a change of luck for his sprinter.
Owned by Simon Gibson, the five-year-old has failed to add to his win in last year's Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot but has been placed in two of his three starts this season.
Fanshawe wrote on his website: "Everything needs to go your way in sprint races and sadly they haven't for him this year. He was unlucky when he had a rough race at York first time out this year.
"He lost his race in the stalls at Royal Ascot when he sat down in them but finished very fast and the ground was just too soft for him at Newmarket. He looks great and his rider at home Andy Hopkins is very happy with him."
Kieren Fallon will be back aboard Society Rock at Haydock for the first time since the pair finished third in the Duke of York Stakes earlier this season and the rider is looking forward to renewing the partnership.
"He gave me a great feel when third in the Duke of York Stakes. His last run when third in the July Cup is best ignored as the ground is so deep it is virtually untraceable," Fallon wrote in his Racing Post Weekender column.
"He doesn't mind it on the soft side so you will understand me not wanting the sun to shine too much this week."