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)