Published: 10:52 30/08/2011
Mick Easterby-trained Hoof It was supplemented for the Betfred Sprint Cup on Monday, earning a 6/1 quote from the race sponsor who is offering a £50 free bet to new customers. Get up to £50 free bet at Betfred when having a bet on the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday 3 September.
GIBBONS REPLACES KIEREN FALLON ABOARD HOOF IT
Hoof It’s regular partner Kieren Fallon will miss the ride in the Group 1 six furlong sprint on Saturday as he has already committed to ride at Ascot for Luca Cumani. It means the four-year-old will be re-acquainted with Graham Gibbons who rode Hoof It five times last year before being jocked off for the former champion.
Gibbons last rode Hoof It at Chester in July 2010 where he finished fifth behind Diamond Johnny. Previously the partnership were victorious in their first three races together including a win on Saturday’s course in a four-runner handicap over five furlongs. Assistant-trainer David Easterby rates Gibbons highly and after confirming the booking for the Betfred Sprint Cup, said: “I think he's [Gibbons] the best jockey in the north, nothing fazes him."
Golfer, Lee Westwood has a part share in Hoof It and the owners have paid £13000 to supplement their horse who has won three times in handicap company this season. Hoof It will make his second bid for a Group 1 prize after finishing a close-up sixth when favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York two weeks ago. The gelding will take on long-time Betfred Sprint Cup favourite Dream Ahead and James Fanshaw-trained pair Deacon Blues and Society Rock.
Betfred now make Deacon Blues and Dream Ahead joint favourites at 9/2 with Society Rock rated a 13/2 chance.
The going at Haydock was reported as good on the round course and good, good-to-firm in places on the sprint course after an inspection on Monday. The forecast ahead of the Betfred Sprint Cup is dry for three days but showers have been forecast for Friday and Saturday with about 3mm rain expected each day.
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