Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

James Doyle guides Hello Youmzain to victory in the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock Park

Dubai businessman Jaber Abdullah seals a win as trainer Kevin Ryan earns his first Group 1 success

Hello Youzmain, ridden by James Doyle, wins the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock Park. PA
Hello Youzmain, ridden by James Doyle, wins the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock Park. PA

Hello Youmzain earned Dubai businessman Jaber Abdullah a Group 1 success after sealing an impressive victory in the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

The Godolphin jockey James Doyle burst out of the starting stalls for the six-furlong trip to bring the Kodiac colt home in style to cross the finishing line, half-a-length ahead of last year’s winner The Tin Man.

The German raider Waldpfad was a two lengths further down in third and Brando, the runner up 12 months ago, in fourth.

Hello Youmzain’s victory was also trainer Kevin Ryan’s first Group 1 success on British soil since Astaire won the Middle Park Stakes in 2013.

Hello Youmzain and Invincible Army with JP McDonald atop set the early pace before the latter faded 400m from home.

Oisin Murphy, on board The Tin Man, came with a late challenge but Doyle found plenty left in the tank as Hello Youmzain for the horse, to land his biggest career prize in seven starts.

“That was good, I’ve had a few near misses lately in a few of the big ones so it was nice to get one over the line,” said Doyle.

“Full credit to Kevin and his team, this lad hasn’t been entirely straightforward but the engine always been there and the team have done a great job to manage that and channel it in the right direction.

“It’s great to ride a top-flight winner for Kevin as well.”

Hello Youmzain was recording his fourth win and second on the track, the Group 2 Sandy Lake Stakes in May.

“We put him in the Nunthorpe [a Group 1 race at York in August] but he was a tentative entry, if it came up very soft ground, but this race was always the plan and the Champions Day (at Ascot on October 19),” Ryan said.

“He's a big horse who's going to improve and get stronger, you shouldn't wish your life away but next year he's going to mature. He's very exciting.”

Updated: September 7, 2019 09:57 PM

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