Starman leads the way in Betfair Sprint Cup confirmations

Fourteen horses have been confirmed for Saturday's Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock, with July Cup winner Starman the leading light.

Ed Walker's Starman is aiming to become only the third horse in the 21st century to win the July Cup and the Sprint Cup in the same season. He is hoping to emulate the success of Dream Ahead in 2011 and Harry Angel in 2017.

He is 11/10 favourite to win the race with Planet Sport Bet.

Archie Watson's Glen Shiel - who was runner-up in last year's edition of the Sprint Cup - and fourth-placed Art Power for Tim Easterby have also been confirmed. They are 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.

Other inclusions are Prix de Meautry winner Garrus for Charlie Hills and David O'Meara's Summerghand, who is fresh from winning the Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket at the weekend.

Clive Cox has two entries - Supremacy and Nando Parrado - while the Charlie Appleby-trained Creative Force is Godolphin's only hope.

On his entries, Cox said: "The drier autumn has given us a chance to include Supremacy, while Nando Parrado ran a blinder at Newbury in the Hungerford and this is an opportunity to run back over six," he said.

"Supremacy is showing me the right signs and with the dry forecast we're keen to have a look.

"We'll assess the situation as the week goes by."

The only entry from Ireland is Joseph Murphy's Gustavus Weston, who won the Group Three Phoenix Sprint at the Curragh.

Dragon Symbol was the most notable absence at the five-day stage.

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