Key Video form: Super Sprint

  • By: Matt Brocklebank
  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 17:51 BST

Matt Brocklebank goes through the key videos for the Weatherbys Super Sprint, including a couple of Royal Ascot contests.

Haxby (far right): Fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes
Haxby (far right): Fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes

The Weatherbys Super Sprint is always a fascinating spectacle as 20-odd youngsters do battle for a huge prize over the extended five furlongs at Newbury.

Saturday's feature is a race plenty of trainers and owners will have been dreaming of winning since the start of the season and this year's renewal looks as competitive as ever.

There are several juveniles who arrive on the back of encouraging efforts at Royal Ascot, others who step up in class following impressive maiden wins and some who are yet to taste success but have shaped with real potential.

In a bid to help unravel the puzzle, Matt Brocklebank revisits the video form archives, focusing on some of the key races.

Queen Mary Stakes, Royal Ascot, 5f, June 18

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2nd Tiggy Wiggy 7/2

8th Harry's Dancer 10/1

This is the obvious place to start assessing the form for the Super Sprint as the Richard Hannon-trained Tiggy Wiggy earned a top-rating of 104 following her fantastic effort in second at Royal Ascot.

The daughter of Kodiac boasts a profile of steady progression having won well in Listed company at Sandown at the end of May, although that came on soft ground.

This video must be revisted as there's a case to be made for her being a slightly unlucky loser. After being momentarily outpaced around two furlongs from the finish, she then got in a brief barging match with Newsletter.

Richard Hughes got a good tune out of her late on and she flew past Newsletter in the dying strides but came up a quarter of a length short behind winner Anthem Alexander.

Tiggy Wiggy is certain to prove popular dropping from Group Three company, despite the fact she must concede weight all round, but it's obvious from this replay that she's going to need every inch of the marginally (34 yards to be precise) longer trip and any trouble in-running could spell the end for her chances.

Harry's Dancer doesn't look in the same league as the runner-up based on this performance but she was only six lengths behind Tiggy Wiggy and is a massive 15lb better off this time.

John Quinn's filly looked a bright prospect when storming away with a Thirsk maiden on debut and may just have found the ground a tad lively at Ascot.

If the forecast showers materialise then she's not one to be putting a line through.

Windsor Castle Stakes, Royal Ascot, 5f, June 17

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5th Haxby 20/1

7th Roudee 20/1

12th Midterm Break 12/1

13th Harry Hurricane 40/1

22nd Flyball 50/1

Haxby put up a career best to go down by four and a half lengths behind Hootenanny in the Windsor Castle and there's no doubting Roger Varian has a very smart two-year-old on his hands.

The Vale Of York colt had previously finished third behind subsequent Coventry Stakes fourth Justice Good in a novice event at Windsor and stepped up on that bare form here.

It could be argued that being drawn alongside the impressive winner helped give him a tow into the race but there was a lot to like about the way he stuck to his guns in the finish.

Roudee only finished a couple of lengths behind in seventh but it was disappointing to see him finish quite tamely.

Tom Dascombe's colt was sporting a hood for the first time here and it didn't seem to spark a great deal of improvement.

He finished over four lengths behind Tiggy Wiggy at Sandown the time before and may need to have his sights lowered before he can return to winning ways.

The David Barron-trained Midterm Break wasn't without support going off at 12/1, but he didn't live up to expectations.

The well-bred chestnut was beaten by Roudee first time out in a Ripon maiden and although successful at Southwell and Beverley in the meantime, he found Ascot a bit hot to handle and once again finished adrift of the Dascombe runner.

Harry Hurricane and Flyball were both big prices and neither managed to trouble the principals. Rated just 81 and 78 respectively, they are up against it again this weekend.

Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, Newmarket, 6f, July 11

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4th Parsley 13/2

5th Diamond Creek 25/1

This was a slightly strange race but one in which Ryan Moore excelled on the David Elsworth-trained Arabian Queen. He dictated a moderate gallop at the head of affairs, making sure he kept close to the stands side rail, before kicking clear a furlong out and effectively leaving hot favourite High Celebrity with too much work to do.

In behind, Tongue Twista finished strongly to relegate Parsley and Diamond Creek to fill the last two places.

The first thing to notice from the replay is that Richard Fahey's Diamond Creek is far too keen for her own good.

She was reportedly restless in the stalls before the off and pulled her chance away in the first couple of furlongs.

Dropping back in trip should suit but she'll need to be much calmer pre-race if she's going to make an impact this weekend, and we simply don't know that at this stage.

The return to five furlongs should also play to the strengths of Parsley, who looks the Hannon second-string in the Super Sprint under Kieran O'Neill.

She has twice been beaten at six furlongs since an easy Goodwood maiden triumph over the minimum trip and, being a daughter of Zebedee out of a Shamardal mare, the better ground on offer at Newbury is another plus.

Openwork Foundation Cares 4 Kids EBF Sprint Maiden Stakes, Sandown, 5f, June 13

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2nd Magical Memory 6/1

This race was really all about impressive winner and subsequent July Stakes scorer Ivawood, but Magical Memory ran a very sound race in second.

The grey travelled kindly for George Baker near the back of the field before showing a smart turn of foot to just about hit the front around a furlong out.

He was put in his place from that point on but we now know there was no shame in failing to live with Ivawood.

A strong gallop looks essential for Charlie Hills' colt, who has since won narrowly when stepped up to six furlongs for the first time at Leicester, and it's not hard to see William Buick holding onto him for as long as possible before coming with a late run on Saturday.

It's also worth remembering Andrew Balding's Charles The Great won the Super Sprint in the same colours three years ago having been beaten in two of his three preceding starts.