The Sprint Cup is one of the last major sprint events of the flat season. The race is run over the straight track at Haydock, with a field of 3-year-old and above thoroughbreds competing over a distance of 6 furlongs.
This year’s edition of the race will serve up a duel between Commonwealth Cup winner, Quiet Reflection, and 4-year-old July Cup star, Limato.
Haydock Sprint Cup trends
The Haydock Sprint Cup is one of the more unpredictable races on the calendar. Since 2011 the favourite has won the race once, and hasn’t managed so much as a place in the other races. That said genuine upsets are also rare, with winners emerging from the 7/2 to 11/1 band.
Not only do favourites not do well in this race, but it’s not unusual for winners to emerge from otherwise indifferent runs of form. Two of the last five winners won their previous race, but the remaining winners put in ordinary performances before grabbing glory at Haydock.
With fields ranging between 12 and 20 horses, the truth is that luck, starting stall and jockey decisions during the course of the race have more impact on the outcome than the pedigree or form of the entries.
2016 Haydock Sprint Cup field
While Limato isn’t trading as the antepost favourite for the Haydock Sprint Cup, he’s going to have plenty of backers thanks to his two length victory in the July Cup earlier in the season. He has since run a second place over 5 furlongs in the Nunthorpe Stakes, but with an off day behind him should be competitive at Haydock.
Quiet Reflection won the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June, but was shown up by Limato in the July Cup when she finished over two lengths behind him in third. Despite the outcome of that contest she’s been priced the antepost favourite for the Haydock Sprint Cup.
The Tin Man fits the profile of the type of outsider who wins the Haydock Sprint Cup. Priced 7/1 by most bookies, he heads to Haydock on the back of a narrow win in a Group 3. He’s done quite a few miles in handicaps, but despite this has managed five wins from nine races. If he doesn’t win but places on each-way bets you’ll still be smiling.
2016 Haydock Sprint Cup tip
Limato is a very tempting prospect for this race, as he’s overpriced and has proven himself against his main rival in the race. However, the tendency for the Sprint Cup to disrupt the pecking order can’t be ignored, which suggests The Tin Man may be the one to watch.
|1st||Quiet Reflection||D C Costello||K R Burke||3||56|
|2nd||1.75||The Tin Man||T P Queally||J R Fanshawe||4||58|
|3rd||2.5||Suedois||D Tudhope||D O'Meara||5||58|
|4th||0.5||Mehronissa||F Tylicki||E F Vaughan||4||57|
|5th||0.5||Mr Lupton||J P Spencer||R A Fahey||3||T|
|6th||nse||Jane's Memory||Andrea Atzeni||Rae Guest||4||57|
|7th||1||Only Mine||G F Carroll||J G Murphy||3||56|
|8th||1.25||Strath Burn||Oisin Murphy||R M H Cowell||4||58|
|9th||3.75||Dancing Star||F Norton||A M Balding||3||56|
|10th||0.75||Kachy||R Kingscote||Tom Dascombe||3||57|
|11th||3.25||Donjuan Triumphant||A Badel||R A Fahey||3||57|
|12th||1.5||Goken||Kevin Stott||K A Ryan||4||58|
|13th||0.5||Gordon Lord Byron||C D Hayes||T Hogan||8||58|
|14th||11||Magical Memory||L Dettori||C Hills||4||58|
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