G Force on course for Hong Kong

Saturday’s Betfred Sprint Cup winner G Force has been pencilled in for a first overseas trip with Hong Kong on the agenda at the end of the three-year-old’s campaign.

Yet another remarkable success story for Middleham Park Racing, who snapped the Tamayuz colt up from Qatar Racing as a once-raced maiden for Richard Hannon and sent him to David O’Meara.

G Force has rapidly graduated to the top level, sticking his neck out to stop Gordon Lord Byron from defending his crown, and connections are now looking at an appearance in the big sprint at Ascot on Champions Day.

Middleham Park’s Nick Bradley told At The Races: “I think we’ll miss the Abbaye and stick to six (furlongs) for now.

“There is a race at Ascot coming up. It’s a Group Two, but I’ve been told we don’t get any penalties for that race.

“Then there is a race at Sha Tin on December 14. Adrian Beaumont (International Racing Bureau) was on the phone last night and thinks we’ll get an invite for that race, so it would be nice to go over there.”

Sole Power, who beat G Force into sixth in the Nunthorpe but could manage only fourth in the Sprint Cup, is also bound for Hong Kong.

Bradley, speaking to At The Races, added: “It’d be nice to go out there and if Sole Power goes we can have the rematch.”

Last year’s winner Gordon Lord Byron in second, with Music Master third.

The Roger Charlton-trained Captain Cat got back on the winning trail with a comprehensive victory in the betfred.com Superior Mile.

The five-year-old was a hugely impressive winner of the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on his penultimate start and jockey James Doyle was keen to take the blame after he finished only third in the Celebration Mile little over a week later.

With George Baker taking over in the saddle at Haydock, Captain Cat showed his true colours with an impressive win.

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