Tom Marquand believes Starman ought to show “hard to beat” in Haydock’s Betfair Sprint Cup if he can replicate his July Cup-winning efficiency.
Ed Walker’s four-year-old will attempt to develop into the third horse this century to win each races in the identical season, after Dream Ahead (2011) and Harry Angel (2017).
The Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel, runner-up to Dream Of Dreams final 12 months, is amongst 11 within the line-up – together with Tim Easterby’s Art Power, who was again in fourth in 2020.
Garrus, winner of Deauville’s Prix de Meautry on Sunday, makes a fast reappearance – as does David O’Meara’s Summerghand, who took the Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket final weekend.
Godolphin hopes relaxation with the Charlie Appleby-trained Creative Force, who was fifth to Starman within the July Cup.
“Starman showed the best sprinting form in Europe this year when he won the July Cup, and if he can reproduce that he’s going to be hard to beat,” Marquand stated.
“I believed he did notably effectively there too – he was up towards extra skilled rivals, and it was solely actually his second correct race, as a result of he barely needed to do something to win his races final 12 months.
“Gaps closed on him that day, and he’s not the most nimble, so you have to give him credit for that too.
“Once he hit the entrance he was excellent, and on that rising floor at Newmarket a horse who’s going in addition to he was can actually put in a late shift.
“Starman flew, and to hit the line as well as he did was impressive.”
Starman was solely third within the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville final month, however Marquand places that squarely all the way down to the tender floor.
“It will be nice getting back on better ground, because in France it just felt as if he got stuck a bit on that tacky ground,” he stated.
“It was an extra half-furlong as well, which may have been a factor too, because three-quarters of a furlong out I thought he was going to win – but when I got into him he struggled to extend in the way he had done at Newmarket.
“That July Cup type is about as rock stable because it will get, and if the situations are appropriate and the race is run to go well with once more we must be in precisely the identical spot.
“We just want a genuinely run sprint – and having a horse like Glen Shiel [the mount of Marquand’s partner Hollie Doyle] in there again is quite handy, because that’s his gig as well.
“You should respect Glen Shiel, as a result of he is been so robust and dependable at this degree and he is a former QIPCO British Champions Sprint winner.
“He’s danced pretty much every dance – and once a sprinter has shown he’s got the ability to do it, you have to be prepared for him to do it again.”
Clive Cox is two-handed within the race, with Supremacy and Nando Parrado, whereas Richard Hannon’s filly Happy Romance is the only three-year-old within the area.
Kevin Ryan’s Emaraaty Ana and Chil Chil, from Andrew Balding’s yard, full the 11 contenders.
The three withdrawals on the 48-hour remaining declaration stage have been Brando, sole Irish-trained entry Gustavus Weston and Vadream.