08/31/2005 11:00PM

Proclamation heads Sprint Cup


Acclaimed as one of Europe's best milers after his victory in the Sussex Stakes in July, Proclamation cuts back to six furlongs on Saturday for the $405,000, Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup.

Trained by Jeremy Noseda, Proclamation was announced as a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Mile after his Group 1 Sussex triumph over Soviet Song at Goodwood.

The impressive winner of the seven-furlong Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot at York in June, the 3-year-old Proclamation is a late-running type possessed of great acceleration. He will have plenty of early speed to chase in the 17-runner Sprint Cup field. Frankie Dettori has the ride.

La Cucaracha looms a serious threat off her sharp score in the five-furlong Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Aug. 18, but in the topsy-turvy world of British sprinting, no upset would be too surprising.