Sprint Cup next on Oxted's agenda
July Cup winner Oxted could have his next run in Haydock’s Group 1 Sprint Cup in September, trainer Roger Teal has announced.
Oxted, a four-year-old son of Mayson, has progressed gradually through the sprinting ranks, with last year’s Portland Handicap winner making his presence felt in Group company this year.
He began with a first Group success in the Abernant Stakes on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course in June and took an even greater step forward on the town’s July course last month, pulling a length and a quarter clear of Sceptical to win the July Cup.
It was a first Group 1 success for both Teal and jockey Cieren Fallon and now the trainer has aspirations of more top-level success, with Haydock favoured as the next destination.
Oxted could face last year’s Sprint Cup winner Hello Youmzain in the Haydock contest, with Kevin Ryan’s Diamond Jubilee winner only fifth in the July Cup.
A trip to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest had been mooted for Oxted but that has now been ruled out, while a Nunthorpe clash with Battaash remains unlikely.
Teal said: "We haven't totally struck off the Nunthorpe but the favourite is the Sprint Cup at Haydock. We'd be dropping back in trip if we went to York and I think he could do that because he travels very strongly but you never know as he hasn't run over that distance in Group 1 company.
"He's all good at the moment and has just gone back into full work after we gave him a nice break after the July Cup."
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