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32Red Sprint Cup

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Haydock Park’s 32Red 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)

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The Tin Man shows his mettle for Murphy

The Tin Man hit the jackpot at the third time of asking in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Hot favourite Harry Angel burst out of the stalls without a problem this time after his mishap at Royal Ascot, but might have used up too much gas too soon, as despite having a break on all the field bar outsider Hey Jonesy, he was treading water inside the final furlong of the QIPCO British Champions Series contest.

The challengers were coming from behind and for a horse who is usually held up, The Tin Man hit the front with more than a furlong to go under Oisin Murphy, who replaced Tom Queally in the saddle.

Brando and Gustav Klimt, who was last at halfway on his return to six furlongs, were closing in the final strides, but James Fanshawe’s 7-1 chance hung on to win by half a length, having been second two years ago and third last year.

He became a rare horse to have won at least one QIPCO British Champions Series race three seasons in succession, having won the QIPCO British Champions Sprint in 2016 and Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2017.

“He’s a wonderful horse and is so consistent,” Newmarket trainer Fanshawe said: “You could argue he’d been unlucky a couple of times this year.

“Everyone is biased towards their own horses, but I felt he’d run two really good races at Ascot and Deauville.

“I was concerned about the (heavy) ground, but the rest of the family love it. It’s easy to say after the event.

“It was a long last furlong, but he’s won nicely. They went a bit quick and they got tired in front of him. He’s seen the trip out well and is a very good horse.”

He added: “It’s amazing because the vets in Hong Kong did a fantastic job. He nearly died in Hong Kong. He had a temperature and we couldn’t run him. We got him back and the vets have done a great job getting him back again.

“We couldn’t do it without our staff as well. They’ve done a wonderful job to get the horse to run in this race.

“I hope he’s in one piece after this and then he’ll go to Ascot [on QIPCO British Champions Day]. He likes it there and he likes it here, too!”

Murphy has also won the Coral-Eclipse, Qatar Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte International this season, in what has been a breakthrough campaign.

He said: “I’m so lucky to have found so many good horses in such short space of time. This was great. He’s a horse I’d looked forward to riding all week.

The race didn’t really go to plan. I didn’t travel great early, but he’s a very good horse and deserved this.

“It wasn’t until Monday or Tuesday until I got the call to ride. I had a few sleepless nights, but I believed the horse could win.”

Kevin Ryan was delighted to see Brando put a disappointing run in France behind him.

He said: “I think he was the forgotten horse of the race. He’d been running really well and then he comes up with one average race and some people ignore him.

“He travelled into the race great. They have gone pretty hard up front and he’s done everything right, it’s just on the day.

“Fair play to James. It’s a great training performance by him to get him back after what the horse endured last year in Hong Kong. Fair play to the man to get him back to this level. He’s a great trainer.”

Aidan O’Brien said of the Classic-placed Gustav Klimt: “We were delighted with our horse, a three-year-old on that ground. It was his first run back at six. The first two are two very solid older horses.”

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The Course

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

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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Newton-le-Willows,
Merseyside
WA12 0HQ

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