Moviesta (lead): 'deserves to win a big race' says rider Paul MulrennanPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Sprint Cup outsider Moviesta in 'flying' form
AS if Harry Redknapp's weekend was not enjoyable enough, his jockey Paul Mulrennan on Sunday offered plenty of encouragement for the QPR boss that his sprinter Moviesta could bustle up the big guns at Haydock on Saturday.
While an outsider for the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup, Moviesta has really got his act together in August, with two excellent runs in defeat behind Take Cover at Goodwood, and especially when beaten just a length by Sole Power in the Nunthorpe.
With a break next weekend for domestic top-flight football due to international matches, Redknapp, whose team earned their first victory of the season on Saturday, looks to have a free day in his diary to watch Moviesta at Haydock.
"Moviesta is flying," said Mulrennan, who was pleased to learn dry weather and temperatures up to 21C are forecast for Haydock this week.
The going was described as good to soft, soft in places on Sunday, and the rider added: "I haven't sat on him since the Nunthorpe but I've seen him and he looks great. He's come out of York really well.
"He won over six furlongs last year - I know it was in lesser company - but I was also second on him in a big handicap at Newmarket. His last two runs have shown he's coming to himself and he deserves to win a big race. It's wide open if the two Power horses don't turn up."
That reference was to Slade Power, who has American ring worm and is an unlikely runner, and Sole Power, who is an intended runner on Irish Champions Weekend and whose best form is at the minimum trip. However, he could run if the ground is quick enough.
Irish-trained horses dominate the betting, for in addition to the two Power horses, Aidan O'Brien-trained Due Diligence is market leader at a best-priced 5-1 with the sponsor, with last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron next best at 6-1.
Moviesta can be backed at 40-1 for the sprint with Paddy Power.