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James Tate retains faith in Invincible Army and is set to pitch him back into Group One competition in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The Newmarket trainer prefers the six-furlong contest on September 7th to the five-furlongs of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

The four year-old has been successful at Group Two and Three level this season, but has come up short when stepped up to the highest grade.

Tate told Press Association: “It just didn’t happen for him in France for whatever reason. The ground was quicker than he would have liked, it was his first time travelling and he also got a bump into the side of him , which didn’t help.

“We will regroup in the Sprint Cup. We have left him in the Nunthorpe, but Haydock is where he will go.

“When things work out on the day, he is a very classy horse – but like a lot of sprinters, when things don’t work or it doesn’t suit them, it doesn’t take much for them not to perform.”

Tate also had news on his smart two year-old fillies Under The Stars and Nasaiym, who have been provisionally penciled-in for the Group Two Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York, depending on the weather.

Tate said: “Under The Stars is definitely Lowther-bound and Nasaiym might join her, but she has other options in a six-furlong Listed race at Ripon later in the month and in the Dick Poole at Salisbury.

“It will depend on the ground as I don’t think Nasaiym enjoyed the soft ground at Newbury, whereas Under The Stars has won on quick and good to soft, and after her last win you would probably want a bit of ease in the ground.”