Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take the Soft Option with Brando; Apocalypse Now for Bookies When Ryan's Speedster Wins at Haydock; Acclaim Will Earn Plaudits in Ascendant

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take the Soft Option with Brando; Apocalypse Now for Bookies When Ryan's Speedster Wins at Haydock; Acclaim Will Earn Plaudits in Ascendant

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Byline: Garry Owen

SPeED star Brando can justify the recent torrent of support from punters when he lifts the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Kevin Ryan's five-year-old is a top-class sprinter when the mud is flying and he absolutely bolted up TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE off a lofty perch of 110 in last year's Ayr Gold Cup.

Pitched into Group 1 company in the Champions Sprint at Ascot, the gelding showed he belonged at sprinting's top table with a fine third behind proven top-level performer The Tin Man.

BRANDO (2.25) resumed with a commanding win at Newmarket but his progress looked to have stalled when he was plum last of 12 in the Duke Of York on the Knavesmire next time.

However, the son of Pivotal put that effort behind him in style when powering home to finish third behind Harry Angel on unsuitably fast ground in the July Cup back at HQ.

The gelding finally bagged a Group 1 triumph of his own when cosily landing the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month and he could easily still be on the upgrade.

Recent heavy downpours on Merseyside have massively boosted B r a n d o's cha n c e s a n d he can take his revenge on Harry Angel with another Oscar-worthy performance.

DARK ACCLAIM (1.50) can take the next step up the ladder in the Ascendant.

A good fourth on his debut at this venue, Marco Botti's colt handled soft ground extremely well when opening his account at Doncaster next time.

The form of that race has worked out well and the son of Dark Angel can take the stiff promotion up to Listed company in his stride.

It pays to back a sprinter in form and HOLMESWOOD (3.00) definitely fits the bill in the Be Friendly Handicap. Michael Dods' threeyear-old brought up his hat-trick when dead-heating with stablemate Intense Romance at York and he can improve past an exposed bunch of rivals. …

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