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The Betfair Sprint Cup

3.00pm Haydock

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  • Distance 6f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £260,000
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History

Haydock Park’s Sprint Cup has its fair share of big racing names associated with it, starting with Robert Sangster. The heir of the Vernon Pools business, and who later became a successful racehorse owner and breeder, devised the race, which came into being in 1966. A Group 1 contest, it is run over six furlongs (1,200 metres) for three-year-olds or older horses and is the biggest flat race of the season at the Lancashire track.

Among its other big names are Lester Piggott, Pat Eddery and Willie Carson, all of whom have won the event a record three times. And then there’s Regal Parade, a small name that made it big. Bought by trainer Dandy Nicholls for a paltry £16,000 as a three-year-old after being written off as temperamental, he won the Sprint Cup in 2009 and, overall, cashed more than £500,000 in prize money for his owner.

There was an even more remarkable story in 2013 when Gordon Lord Byron, who cost just 2,000 euros, won his second Group 1 by taking this race, the first Irish-trained winner for over 40 years.

Harry Angel became the fourth successive three-year-old to land the race in 2018.

Current leading jockeys: no current jockey has won the race more than once
Current leading trainer: John Hammond, 3 wins (1991, 1995, 2001)

Previous winners

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Hello Youmzain comes of age with dominant display

Hello Youmzain continued the trend of the Classic generation winning Group One sprints this season with a clear-cut success in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Ten Sovereigns and Advertise – who both missed out on this event – have triumphed for the three-year-old division in top-level contests this term, and the lightly-raced Hello Youmzain added another victory in the QIPCO British Champions Series feature.

One of three in the race for Kevin Ryan, James Doyle was content to help cut out the running with Invincible Army.

Two furlongs out the pair got a break on the field and once Hello Youmzain saw off his big rival, he just needed to hold any challengers emerging from the pack.

Former winner The Tin Man and stablemate Brando made late bids, but the 9-2 co-favourite stuck it out well.

The Tin Man ran his best race of the season back in second, while the German raider Waldpfad flew home for third.

Hello Youmzain had been off the track since finishing third in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

Ryan said: “We decided after Ascot that we’d be patient with him as it’s not all about this year. These horses don’t come around very often and although we gave him a tentative entry in the Nunthorpe, this race was always the plan.

“He’s such a young horse and a big horse as well. You shouldn’t wish your life away, but he’s going to mature and he’ll be a stronger horse next year. He’s very exciting.

“He’ll have one more run this year on Champions Day at Ascot and then we’ll put him away for next season.”

The trainer went on to reveal the fourth-placed Brando had burst a blood vessel, adding: “He has done it before and he did it here. He travelled into the race great, so it’s unfortunate.”

James Fanshawe was understandably proud of the performance of defending champion The Tin Man – and a rematch with Hello Youmzain in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint on October 19 looks to be on the cards.

Fanshawe said: “First of all, the team has done a fantastic job to get him back. After his last run at Newbury, I thought that might be the end of him as he was a bit stiff behind and he is seven.

“Everyone has been working hard to get him back to top form. With the performances this year, you can never be that confident, but I knew he was in good shape going into the race.

“I’m really pleased with him, he’s run very well and I hope we can have him in the same form for Ascot (Champions Day).”

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The Course

Haydock, halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, means different things to different people.

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For some, it was once a productive coal mining area. For few, it’s the home of the celebrated Haydock Male Voice Choir. For others, though, it’s all about Haydock Park.

The racecourse was built in 1898-9 on 127 acres of land granted by Lord Newton. A long left-handed oval of one mile and five furlongs, it’s the home of the prestigious Group One Sprint Cup.

The race was established in 1966, and was originally open to horses of all ages and was initially contested over a course that included sharp left-hand corner.

As well as flat races, it also stages jump racing events. It is one of 14 British racecourses managed by the Jockey Club.

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Getting there

Newton-le-Willows,
Merseyside
WA12 0HQ

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