Bated Breath’s quest to claim an elusive first Group One success will move on to Haydock’s Betfred Sprint Cup next month after his sixth-place finish in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York last week.
Roger Charlton’s sprinter was first home of those drawn high and his trainer believes the fact Spirit Quartz, who had been comprehensively beaten by Bated Breath on the two previous occasions they had met, finished in front of him proved he was on the wrong part of the track.
Twelve months ago the Khalid Abdullah-owned entire was beaten a nose by Dream Ahead in an incredibly tight finish to the Haydock race, in which Hoof It also featured.
“Bated Breath under the circumstances ran another good race and he was the first horse home of those drawn high and for some reason the race seemed to favour the low numbers,” Charlton told his website, www.rogercharlton.com.
“Spirit Quartz finished second and on two previous occasions this year over five furlongs Bated Breath had beaten him three and three-quarter lengths.
“As long as Bated Breath remains in good shape he will be aimed at the Haydock Betfred Sprint Cup in two weeks where I hope we will see the return of fast ground.”