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The Betfair Sprint Cup

3.00pm Haydock

Emaraaty Ana wins the Sprint Cup
  • Distance 6f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £260,000


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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Ana thwarts Starman in thrilling Sprint Cup

Kevin Ryan's gelding just holds off a late surge from the market leader

It was a day to remember for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Andrea Atzeni as the duo combined to enable Emaraaty Ana’s sublime victory in the Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup, Haydock Park’s most prestigious Flat race.

Despite having a hugely successful career, particularly as a two-year-old, the elusive Group 1 victory had eluded the Kevin Ryan trained sprinter up until now.

In a highly competitive 11 runner field, headed by July Cup winner Starman it seemed Emaraaty Ana would have to be at his very best to land the Group 1 honours and at his best he was.

Ridden by Andrea Atzeni, the five-year-old sprinter travelled well throughout. The decisive move came just before the furlong marker as Atzeni eased his mount into the lead, flying past the front-running Art Power. It was then that he was able to show all the battling qualities and top end speed that he has always threaten to show in so many previous starts.

The well fancied Starman, attempting to follow up his Newmarket heroics threw down his challenge late. He narrowed the gap with each stride, eating up the ground as they neared the line, but it was to be Emaraaty Ana’s day as the line came in time to see him win his first Group 1.

An emotional winning trainer Kevin Ryan told ITV Racing, “I’m delighted for the horse. It’s amazing. He’s as good a horse as I’ve trained ”

Winning jockey Atzeni added, “He’s a horse that everyone kept faith with throughout his career. I can’t tell you what it means to me to win another Group One, it’s been a couple of years since the last one. Things can go a bit quiet but it’s all about the horses and I had a very good one underneath me here.”


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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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