Tate hopeful over Invincible Army's chances
James Tate is confident of success for Invincible Army in next weekend's Sprint Cup because he is well suited to the Haydock course.
The four-year-old has been in inconsistent good form after he followed up victories in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster and the Duke of York Stakes at York's Dante meeting with fifth place in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
Invincible then won at Newcastle only to then disappoint in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 4 with a 13th-place finish from 15 runners.
But Tate is hopeful that Haydock will be favourable to Invincible Army, while some rainfall ahead of Saturday's race would be beneficial.
He said: "He's all on course for Saturday and we're looking forward to it.
"I think France was just one of those days when it just didn't work out. Whether he didn't like the travelling, the ground, the track or being crowded on both sides.
"You see it with sprinters - they need everything in their favour.
"I've always thought Haydock was a track that would suit him so we're looking forward to that and a little bit of rain would be great."
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