4 September – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action, we take a look at the subjects that are expected to dominate the racing headlines.

From the race to be Champion Apprentice to Adaay’s attempt at maiden Group 1 glory, here are our five talking points for the weekend.

 

Can Adaay produce a Group 1-winning performance?

Adaay has been somewhat of a surprise in the sprinting ranks this season.

After defeat on debut against Limato, the William Haggas-trained star hasn’t really looked back – bar a blip in the Commonwealth Cup.

Impressive victories in the Carnarvon Stakes and the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes and Hungerford Stakes have led to Adaay being installed as the well-supported Betfred Sprint Cup favourite.

But, against the likes of battle-hardened speedsters G Force, Gordon Lord Byron and Danzeno, will he have the class and experience to win?

 

Will Jack Hobbs cruise to September Stakes victory?

Highly regarded by the team at Clarehaven Stables, Jack Hobbs will look to put in a good performance ahead of running in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and potentially on QIPCO British Champions Day.

The three-year-old was unlucky to meet Golden Horn in the Investec Derby, but found it all too easy in the Irish equivalent – strolling to Classic success.

After a small break, Jack Hobbs will return to action at Kempton Park in the September Stakes this Saturday – won last year by Dubai World Cup winner, Prince Bishop.

 

Marquand v Garritty v Hardie! Who will be the Champion Apprentice leader?

Tom Marquand leads Jack Garritty and Cam Hardie in the tense fight for the Champion Apprentice title.

With all three set to have a number of good rides this weekend, the battle is on for the prestigious title that has been won in the past by the likes of Frankie Dettori, William Buick, Ryan Moore and Paul Hanagan.

 

Will Ivawood get a victory under his belt in 2015?

Ivawood came into 2015 with a lofty reputation after a very encouraging juvenile career, but he hasn’t realised it yet.

Despite finishing third in both the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Irish 2000 Guineas, Richard Hannon’s star hasn’t come close to winning a top-level contest this season.

Two attempts to step down in distance have reaped no rewards. He finished 14th in the Jersey Stakes and seventh in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.

However, the Betfred Summer Mile could prove to be big stepping stone to getting his career back on track this Saturday.

 

Can Gordon Lord Byron get revenge at Haydock Park?

The fans’ favourite has earned a reputation over the last few years for being an ultra-competitive, tough sprinter at the highest level.

Despite a rough start to the season, the Tom Hogan-trained seven-year-old is steadily finding his consistency again.

Gordon Lord Byron was narrowly defeated by G Force in last year’s renewal before winning on QIPCO British Champions Day. The tables have turned now. The Irish raider is in the hot seat!