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The Betfair Sprint Cup

3.00pm Haydock

  • 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

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money




No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Dreams come true as senior sprinter wins Sprint Cup

Six-year-old Dream of Dreams shows class to win Haydock's premier Sprint contest

Dream of Dreams broke through the Group 1 glass ceiling in authoritative style to claim the Betfair Sprint Cup, giving his veteran trainer Sir Michael Stoute a third win in the Haydock Park Group 1 contest.

Having previously filled the placings on multiple occasions in Group 1 company it will no doubt have given connections great satisfaction to see the son of Dream Ahead finally have his big moment on British shores.

Piloted by Oisin Murphy, the six-year-old was never far away from the pace; travelling just behind the early leaders Art Power and Glen Shiel in  the stand-side group.

As the race began to develop, Murphy switched his mount out into the centre of the track and began to make smooth headway; passing the hardy Glen Shiel with a furlong to go and driving his mount right out to the line.

Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde proved much the best of the pack that raced on the far side of the course; finishing well to claim third spot behind Glen Shiel.

Connections of the winner were quick to earmark a trip to QIPCO British Champions Day as the next stop for the thriving sprinter.

Philip Robinson, representing winning owner Saeed Suhail and speaking to Racing TV, said: “Champions Day (QIPCO British Champions Sprint) is very possible. I think that will probably be his next target”


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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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