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Haydock aim for Royal Ascot Undrafted

Frankie Dettori celebrates on Undrafted after winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Image: Undrafted: Haydock aim

Haydock's Betfred Sprint Cup has emerged as a surprise target for Diamond Jubilee winner Undrafted.

Trained by Wesley Ward, the five-year-old had been prominent in the betting for July Cup at Newmarket, where he could have faced another clash with Aussie speedster and Ascot second Brazen Beau.

However, Ward feels Undrafted will need longer to recover from his Ascot exertions and favours a later return to the UK and a first visit to Merseyside.

Ward did admit, though, that of all his Royal Ascot winners down the years, Undrafted's victory had given him the most satisfaction.

"I definitely got more pleasure out of him winning," said Ward.

"People had been saying I could only train the two-year-olds, so to win with him was great.

"It was some sight watching him come right down the outside.

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"But what about Frankie (Dettori)? He is just unbelievable, an unbelievable guy.

"The July Cup is out. I just thought Ascot was such a high and he put in a real gut-wrenching effort that I wanted to get him home and give him some time.

"The race we are really looking at now is the Sprint Cup.

"Haydock is a flat track and that will suit him."

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