James Tate confident Invincible Army can produce the goods in Haydock Sprint Cup
Newmarket trainer James Tate is hopeful that Invincible Army can put his recent disappointing foreign assignment behind him when he goes in Saturday’s Haydock Park Sprint Cup (4.10pm).
The four-year-old won three of his first four outings in 2019, but he failed to figure in last month’s Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, finishing 13th from a field of 15.
However, Tate is putting that display down to the teething problems that can occur with a first trip abroad and believes the Haydock track will suit his son of Invincible Spirit, who famously won the Group 1 contest in 2002.
Tate, based on Hamilton Road, said: “The Sprint Cup at Haydock is the plan for Invincible Army.
“Things did not work out for him in France. The ground was quite quick and things just didn’t go our way.
“He was travelling abroad for the first time and he also got interference during the race which did not help.
“Haydock has been the focus since and hopefully the race will suit him.
“A bit of rain would help, but he is in good form and we are hopeful of a good run.”
Other Newmarket interest in the top level race will be provided by James Fanshawe’s The Tin Man, who will be bidding to become the first dual winner since Be Friendly in 1967.
The six-year-old was last seen when finishing seventh behind German-trained Waldpfad in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury on July 20.
Another HQ trainer – Sir Michael Stoute – is set to be represented by Dream Of Dreams while former Newmarket trainer Martyn Meade will saddle Advertise, with Frankie Dettori taking that particular ride.
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