09/02/2005 11:00PM

Goodricke good enough in Sprint Cup


David Loder, who is to retire from training at the end of the year at the age of just 41 owing to health problems, and Jamie Spencer, who looks almost certain to become English champion jockey for the first time this season, teamed up to land the Haydock Park Sprint Cup with Goodricke on Saturday.

A 14-1 chance in a field of 17 for this Group 1 contest run over a straight six furlongs on good turf, Goodricke clocked a time of 1:10.87 as he came with his usual late burst to beat La Cucuracha by a length with Ashdown Express a length farther back in third.

Goodricke, a 3-year-old son of Bahamian Bounty, won for the fifth time in 11 career starts. He had shown in his previous start that he was capable of making an impact at the highest level, when he was second to Whipper in a Group 1 at Deauville.

He is owned by Sheikh Mohammed, who said that he would discuss with Loder a possible run at the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Spencer said: "I may get a bit emotional because it means so much to win this for David Loder, who has been one of my best friends during the past four years."