Haydock Sprint Cup

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Sprint Cup
Group 1 race
Location Haydock Park
Haydock, England
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor 32Red
Website Haydock Park
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 3 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £260,000 (2017)
1st: £162,191
Sprint Cup
2017
Royal blue Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Dark blue, maroon epaulets, striped sleeves
Harry Angel Tasleet The Tin Man

The Sprint Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1966, and it was originally open to horses aged two or older. It was devised by Robert Sangster, the heir to the Vernons Pools business, who later became a leading racehorse owner/breeder. During the early part of its history the race was sponsored by Vernons and held in early November. It was initially contested on a course with a sharp left-hand bend.

The Vernons Sprint Cup was switched to September in 1979. It was transferred to Haydock's newly installed 6-furlong straight track in 1986. It was promoted to Group 1 status in 1988, the final year of Vernons' sponsorship. For a period the race was closed to two-year-olds, but it reopened in 1989. Juveniles were excluded again from 1994.

The Sprint Cup is currently sponsored by 32Red.[1]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Be Friendly – 1966, 1967

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Lester PiggottGreen God (1971), Abergwaun (1972), Moorestyle (1980)
  • Pat EdderyRecord Token (1976), Dowsing (1988), Danehill (1989)
  • Willie CarsonBoldboy (1977), Habibti (1983), Dayjur (1990)
  • Bruce Raymond – Runnett (1981), Petong (1984), Sheikh Albadou (1992)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • John DunlopRunnett (1981), Habibti (1983), Lavinia Fontana (1994), Invincible Spirit (2002)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Sheikh MohammedAjdal (1987), Wolfhound (1993), Cherokee Rose (1995), Goodricke (2005)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1966 Be Friendly 2 Colin Williams Cyril Mitchell Peter O'Sullevan 1:16.40
1967 Be Friendly 3 Scobie Breasley Cyril Mitchell Peter O'Sullevan 1:18.00
1968 no race 1968 [a]
1969 Tudor Music 3 Frankie Durr Michael Jarvis David Robinson 1:14.80
1970 Golden Orange 4 Jimmy Lindley Ken Cundell Lady Clifden 1:15.60
1971 Green God 3 Lester Piggott Michael Jarvis David Robinson 1:15.90
1972 Abergwaun 4 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Charles St George 1:16.16
1973 The Blues 2 Richard Marshall Bill Marshall G. van der Ploeg 1:17.10
1974 Princely Son 5 Johnny Seagrave Ken Cundell Wilfred Sherman 1:21.75
1975 Lianga 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1:18.61
1976 Record Token 4 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Sir Herbert Ingram 1:19.50
1977 Boldboy 7 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 1:19.21
1978 Absalom 3 Taffy Thomas Ryan Jarvis Mrs C. Alington 1:17.99
1979 Double Form 4 Geoff Lewis Fulke Johnson Houghton Baroness H. Thyssen 1:12.72
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:14.81
1981 Runnett 4 Bruce Raymond John Dunlop Miss V. Evans 1:14.14
1982 Indian King 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood J. Levy 1:12.51
1983 Habibti 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 1:15.31
1984 Petong 4 Bruce Raymond Michael Jarvis Tom Warner 1:13.17
1985 Orojoya 3 Brent Thomson Jeremy Hindley Robert Sangster 1:16.24
1986 Green Desert 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:14.82
1987 Ajdal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 1:14.87
1988 Dowsing 4 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:17.24
1989 Danehill 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:12.75
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:12.50
1991 Polar Falcon 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond David Thompson 1:11.23
1992 Sheikh Albadou 4 Bruce Raymond Alex Scott Hilal Salem 1:14.17
1993 Wolfhound 4 Michael Roberts John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 1:10.98
1994 Lavinia Fontana 5 Jason Weaver John Dunlop Cyril Humphris 1:11.42
1995 Cherokee Rose 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Sheikh Mohammed 1:13.74
1996 Iktamal 4 Willie Ryan Ed Dunlop Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:09.92
1997 Royal Applause 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:14.46
1998 Tamarisk 3 Tim Sprake Roger Charlton Highclere Racing Ltd 1:11.30
1999 Diktat 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:11.04
2000 Pipalong 4 Kevin Darley Tim Easterby Tom Bennett 1:15.49
2001 Nuclear Debate 6 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 1:15.39
2002 Invincible Spirit 5 John Carroll John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 1:12.44
2003 Somnus 3 Ted Durcan Tim Easterby Legard / Sidebottom / Sykes 1:13.49
2004 Tante Rose 4 Richard Hughes Roger Charlton Bjorn Nielsen 1:11.58
2005 Goodricke 3 Jamie Spencer David Loder Sheikh Mohammed 1:10.87
2006 Reverence 5 Kevin Darley Eric Alston G. & L. Middlebrook 1:15.78
2007 Red Clubs 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills Ronald Arculli 1:13.11
2008 African Rose [b] 3 Stéphane Pasquier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:12.81
2009 Regal Parade 5 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Dab Hand Racing 1:13.74
2010 Markab 7 Pat Cosgrave Henry Candy Tight Lines Partnership 1:09.40
2011 Dream Ahead 3 William Buick David Simcock Khalifa Dasmal 1:10.36
2012 Society Rock 5 Kieren Fallon James Fanshawe Simon Gibson 1:10.20
2013 Gordon Lord Byron 5 Johnny Murtagh Tom Hogan C. Poonawalla & M. Cahalan 1:12.25
2014 G Force 3 Danny Tudhope David O'Meara Middleham Park Racing XVIII et al. 1:12.95
2015 Twilight Son 3 Fergus Sweeney Henry Candy Godfrey Wilson & Cheveley Park Stud 1:12.86
2016 Quiet Reflection 3 Dougie Costello Karl Burke Ontowainner, Strecker & Burke 1:13.45
2017 Harry Angel 3 Adam Kirby Clive Cox Godolphin 1:13.90

a The 1968 race was abandoned because of fog.
b The 2008 running took place at Doncaster.

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