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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 6 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.

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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Harry Angel soars to victory at Haydock

Harry Angel overcame fears about the heavy ground blunting his brilliance with a stunning win in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Connections only gave the go-ahead to run less than an hour before the six-furlong QIPCO British Champions Series feature and the decision was fully justified as the Clive Cox-trained colt, who had won the Darley July Cup on his previous start, put up a top-class display to rout his 11 rivals.

Adam Kirby had the Godolphin-owned three-year-old up with the pace from the outset, before pulling clear by showing a superb turn of foot. The 2-1 favourite crossed the line four lengths clear from Tasleet, with The Tin Man a further length and a half away in third.

The trio are now likely to meet again in thye QIPCO British Champions Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot on October 21. Harry Angel is a best-priced 6-4 to triumph again.

Kirby said: “I’m a believer in a proper champion can win on any ground, but he’s so fast I was a little bit concerned. It’s a great team effort and all credit to Clive. I knew he’d won as soon as he picked up.

“He’s a machine. He’s got speed to burn and that’s not how good he is, he’s there now mentally and he’ll keep on getting better.”

Cox said: “It was a case of ‘déjà vu’ – we had the same decision to make with Lethal Force a few years ago and he hated the ground. He’s so good on fast ground, there had to be a chance he wouldn’t go on it, but he’s proved he goes on any ground now.

“It’s difficult to change gear on ground like that and to win by four lengths against soft-ground horses was super. He’s a champion on fast ground and he’s proved a champion on easier ground now, I’m so pleased. I hope he stays in training next year.”

William Haggas said of Tasleet: “He ran a very good race, but we’re going to have to come up with a way of beating Clive’s horse. We can’t just let him have an easy lead and put the race to bed. It’s clear we’re better on soft ground now so we’ll head to Ascot next I think.”

James Fanshawe felt conditions had not helped The Tin Man, who had been second a year earlier. He said: “He ran very well again, but the ground has blunted his speed. Ever since Royal Ascot, the main aim has been to head back to Ascot on Champions Day as he runs so well there.”

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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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