Belfast Telegraph

Sakhee's class is no Secret

By Burnaby

Those prepared to take on Sakhee's Secret tomorrow should be admired for displaying lion-hearted courage.

But for punters happy to cower beneath the shadow of a proverbial 'good thing', the Betfred Sprint Cup cannot be considered an appropriate race for misplaced fortitude.

If Haydock's Group One showpiece looks as good as it does on paper - even with a clutch of notable defections - Merseyside racegoers are in for a treat.

And in terms of assessing potential brilliance, Sakhee's Secret is surely up there with the best at this stage in his career.

Still unbeaten this season and still only a three-year-old, Hughie Morrison's colt made odds of 9-2 look as big as the gulf in class between him and his rivals in the July Cup.

In what was a white-hot renewal, Steve Drowne's mount showed electric dash to dispel fanciful notions of the Newmarket Group One being too steep a rise in class from his easy Salisbury win.

While this is no less competitive, Sakhee's Secret is reported to have thrived since that cakewalk at Headquarters.

That does not bode well for the opposition - nor does the school of thought rightly suggesting Haydock may suit him even better than Newmarket did.

With that in mind, this progressive performer can lay a solid claim to the much-coveted sprinting throne.

His price is sure to put off many, however, and punters who fall into that bracket cannot go wrong by supporting Hellvelyn at each-way odds.

Last season's Coventry Stakes winner arguably put up a better display in defeat next time up when a close-up second to Holy Roman Emperor in the Phoenix.

Bryan Smart's grey colt has had his setbacks this term and the July Cup, in which he was eighth, was hardly an ideal seasonal debut.

He has clearly kicked on as a three-year-old, though, and emerged a really good winner in a Listed race at Beverley over the minimum distance.

Hellvelyn is a particularly classy animal when the ground is quick so it is easy to foresee a top-three finish over his preferred trip of six furlongs.

Staying is the name of the game 30 minutes later with the Old Borough Cup.

Regal Flush could not have done the job any better when winning over a mile and a half at Goodwood and looks to have scope to defy a big rise in the weights.

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