Ivory expecting big run from Tropics

Haydock ParkSaturday’s feature Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park looks to offer the best chance yet for the likeable Dean Ivory-trained Tropics to finally register a much-deserved first top-flight success.

It’s a riches-to-rags-to-riches story for the gelded six-year-old who was purchased as a yearling by Sheikh Mohammed for $700,000, but never made it to a racecourse and was eventually sold on unraced as a three-year-old for just $2,500.

Owned and trained by Ivory, the gelded son of Speightstown didn’t see a racecourse until well into the following season but has quickly made up for lost time, showing plenty of ability and certainly getting better as he gets older.

He has registered 7 wins from 19 starts, including the Group 3 John Guest Bengough Stakes at Newmarket last season, and last-time out, the listed Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket.

A six-furlong specialist, Tropics – currently a 9/1 shot with Betfred for the Sprint Cup – ran the race of his life on his previous outing when runner-up to the top-class Slade Power in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket and is expected to put in another big effort on Saturday afternoon.

“I reckon you only have one horse like Tropics in a lifetime,” Ivory told The Sun recently. “I love this game. I’m really excited about the Sprint. One advantage with Tropics is that I own him. The hood helped [in the past] as he used to get so excited in the stalls, but I took it off at Newmarket and he won’t wear it at Haydock.”

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