Glen Shiel is firmly on course for the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday – with Hollie Doyle taking the ride in the Group One showpiece.
Bought for £45,000 from Godolphin at Goffs in 2019, the Hambleton Racing-owned six-year-old has thrived since dropped to sprint trips this year – winning three of his last four starts, most recently in the Group Three Phoenix Sprint at the Curragh.
Haydock’s six-furlong highlight will be the gelding’s first crack at the top level, and trainer Archie Watson is looking forward to the run.
Watson said: “He came out of his Curragh win really well, and I’m delighted with him at home.
“He’s a Group winner now, so deserves to take his chance in these Group One sprints. The fact he goes on any ground is a big help, with the weather at the moment.”
Hambleton Racing’s Cosmo Charlton reports Glen Shiel’s owners cannot wait for the weekend.
He said: “Glen’s owners are counting down the days to Saturday’s race. To compete in these big races with a horse that didn’t cost a fortune is very much the horse racing syndicate blueprint.
“He’s a fantastic horse who we may not have seen the best of yet.”
Doyle – riding on the crest of a wave with her historic five-timer at Windsor on Saturday – boasts a fine record in the Hambleton silks, including winning the Al Rayyan Stakes in Doha and the Listed Moonlight Cloud Stakes at Deauville aboard the Watson-trained Maystar.