Timeform look for Sprint star

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 13:50 BST

Only three pounds separate the top six horses in Saturday's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings.

Strong Suit: Would be top rated on the pick of his 2011 form

Australian star Ortensia, winner of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on her latest start, tops the list on 138, a pound clear of last year's runner-up Bated Breath.

Darley July Cup hero Mayson is alongside French raider Wizz Kid on 136 with Soul and Society Rock both on 135.

Strong Suit has a rating of 133 for Saturday's race - but this includes a + symbol indicating the firm feel he could be capable of a higher mark.

Timeform flat handicapper Stephen Molyneux said: "Saturday's race looks to be a very reflective Group One sprint, bringing together the King's Stand, Diamond Jubilee, July Cup and Nunthorpe form. Obviously with sprinters it is far harder to ascertain just who is top of the tree as draw, luck, and particularly this year, ground all play significant factors in the outcome but hopefully Haydock will give us a leveller playing field on those scores.

"The condensed Timeform ratings highlight just how competitive a race it is this year with three pounds (the equivalent of a just under a length) separating the first six, and we have Ortensia narrowly coming out on top after her impressive wins in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Nunthorpe at York.

"There are definite reasons for believing that Bated Breath would have been bang there had he been drawn higher at York and he has obvious claims of bettering his second in this race 12 months ago. It's also worth pointing out that Strong Suit would have headed our ratings based on his win in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket last year but obviously his form in 2012 has fallen some way short of that.

"If he does return to his best, and six furlongs on fast ground could easily see him do that, then he is another that will enter calculations in what looks a very open and, indeed, strong renewal of the Haydock Sprint Cup."

Weight-adjusted Timeform ratings for Betfred Sprint Cup: 138 Ortensia, 137 Bated Breath, 136 Wizz Kid, Mayson, 135 Soul, Society Rock, 133+ Strong Suit.