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Haydock Sprint Cup Trends


Run at Haydock Park racecourse the Group One Sprint Cup is run over 6f and often attracts some of the best speedsters from around the world.

Here at GeeGeez we take a look back at previous winners and highlight the key trends ahead of the 2021  renewal – this year run on Saturday 4th September – Did you know that 15 of the last 19 Haydock Sprint Cup winners were aged 5 or younger?


Recent Haydock Sprint Cup Winners

2020 - Dream Of Dreams (5/2 fav)
2019 – Hello Youmzain (9/2 cfav)
2018 - The Tin Man (7/1)
2017 - Harry Angel (2/1 fav)
2016 – Quiet Reflection (7/2 fav)
2015 – Twilight Son (10/1)
2014 – G Force (11/1)
2013 – Gordon Lord Byron (7/2)
2012 – Society Rock (10/1)
2011 – Dream Ahead (4/1 fav)
2010 – Markab (12/1)
2009 – Regal Parade (14/1)
2008 – African Rose (7/2 fav)
2007 – Red Clubs (9/1)
2006 – Reverence (11/4 fav)
2005 – Goodricke (14/1)
2004 – Tante Rose (10/1)
2003 – Somnus (12/1)
2002 – Invincible Spirit (25/1)


Key Haydock Sprint Cup Betting Trends

17/19 – Unplaced horses from stall 1
16/19 – Rated 111 or higher
16/19 – Had won over 6f before
15/19 – Had 4 or more career wins to their name
15/19 - Aged 5 or younger
15/19 – Finished in the top 4 last time out
14/19 – Didn’t win their previous race
14/19 – Drawn in stall 5 or higher
13/19 – Winning distance 1 length or less
13/19 – Had won a Group race before
12/19 –Had 4 or more runs that season
10/19 – Had run at Haydock before (4 had won)
9/19 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
9/19 – Ran at Deauville (4) or York (5) last time out
8/19 – Drawn in a double-figure stall
7/19 – Had won a Group 1 before
7/19 – Winning favourites
The average winning SP in the last 19 years is 8/1









Dream Of Dreams will return next year

Dream Of Dreams is set to race on next year, despite suffering a recurrence of an old injury which is likely to keep him out for the rest of this season.

Sir Michael Stoute’s seven-year-old won last month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, but has since been affected by the return of ankle problem which has forced him to miss Saturday’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Dream Of Dreams was not given an entry in the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September, which he won last year, suggesting connections are resigned to him being sidelined for the rest of 2021.

“He’s obviously missed the July Cup. He’s very sore and will probably be out for the season,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail.

“It’s not a serious injury. It’s a small one, but a bad one for a sprinter. It’s the recurrence of an old ankle injury.

“He’ll be coming back next year definitely – he’s a gelding.

“Winning at Ascot was the main one.”

Dream Of Dreams ‘very, very well’ after deserved Ascot success

Dream Of Dreams’ connections were left delighted after he made it third time lucky when taking the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained seven-year-old avenged his two prior narrow losses in the race when claiming a one-length victory under Ryan Moore in the Group One contest.

Beaten by just a head in both 2019 and 2020, the chestnut was this time victorious as he battled past Glen Shiel and Art Power to prevail as the 3-1 favourite.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saaed Suhail, reported Dream Of Dreams to have taken his exertions well.

“We were delighted, and he’s come out of the race very, very well,” he said.

“He’s usually a bit stiff but this time he wasn’t, most sprinters are a bit stiff afterwards and whether it was the easy ground, I don’t know, but he’s come out of it remarkably well.

“His owner was absolutely delighted, he wanted to know if he can keep the trophy so I said ‘no, you have to win it twice’ and he just said ‘well we’ll do it next year then!’.”

Raymond also praised the training performance of Stoute, who produced the horse to a Group One victory having only run once this term when taking the Listed Leisure Stakes at Windsor in May.

Sir Michael Stoute walks in with Dream Of Dreams
Sir Michael Stoute walks in with Dream Of Dreams (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“It was a fantastic performance, of course from the horse but I think also from Michael,” he said.

“He looks straightforward but he’s a horse that doesn’t work with any other horses at all and exercises mostly on his own, not because he’s crazy or anything, I just think it suits him better.

“I haven’t seen him gallop, he just breezes on his own and to do it with a seven-year-old is good, to get him there in a top-class race without a prep run is pretty clever.”

Dream Of Dreams holds an entry for the six-furlong July Cup at Newmarket in just under three weeks, but his presence is not guaranteed as there are some questions over the suitability of the July course track.

“I don’t know (if he’ll run) but I would doubt it, I’m just not sure about him going down the hill at Newmarket,” Raymond said.

Ryan Moore explains how it was done on Dream Of Dreams
Ryan Moore explains how it was done on Dream Of Dreams (David Davies/PA)

“Maybe the race in Deauville over six and a half furlongs (Prix Maurice de Gheest), we might step him up, there’s only certain races we can go for when you’ve got to stick to a pattern.”

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes was a ‘win and you’re in’ contest for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, a race that will this year be run over five furlongs as the meeting is due to be hosted by Del Mar racecourse, a track that cannot accommodate a sprint race over a longer distance.

As a result Raymond considers it unlikely that the son of Dream Ahead will venture to the States, though the race is still some time away and has not yet been discussed with all parties.

“I personally think the horse would get a mile in America, but it hasn’t been discussed, these are only just my thoughts,” he said.

“I think he’d get the mile in America, I really do, because he stays the seven (furlongs) well at Newbury.

“The Breeders’ Cup Sprint I think would be too sharp for him, they’d be gone.”

Sir Michael Stoute has plenty to look forward to with Dream Of Dreams and Astro King
Sir Michael Stoute has plenty to look forward to with Dream Of Dreams and Astro King (David Davies/PA)

Alongside Dream Of Dream’s triumph, Royal Ascot also provided Suhail with a second-placed finish in the Royal Hunt Cup when Astro King took the runner-up spot behind Saeed bin Suroor’s Real World.

“Astro King ran a great race,” Raymond said of the performance.

“I think he’s progressive, we expected him to run like that.

“I think he’s one of those horses that could continue to improve.”

Dream Of Dreams comes good in Diamond Jubilee

Dream Of Dreams finally won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after two previous near-misses in the final day feature of Royal Ascot.

Sir Michael Stoute – who has trained more winners at the meeting than anyone else – was recording his 82nd success at the fixture and having been beaten in two photo-finishes in the past two runnings, he will be delighted to have won with the chestnut.

Blue Point edged him out in 2019, while 12 months ago it was Hello Youmzain, and he was sent off the 3-1 favourite to make amends.

Tim Easterby’s Art Power – a winner 12 months ago in handicap company – set out to make it a real test and by halfway had most of his rivals in trouble.

They included Glen Shiel – successful on Champions Day last season for Hollie Doyle – but to his credit, he battled all the way to the line.

As Art Power’s stride began to shorten Ryan Moore sensed the time was right to attack on Dream Of Dreams, and despite having two lengths to make up when he started his challenge with a furlong to run he was almost on terms.

Glen Shiel did not go down with a fight, and Art Power stuck on gamely, but with Moore in full cry and a willing partner there was only going to be one outcome as the seven-year-old prevailed by a length, with three-quarters back to the third.

For Glen Shiel’s trainer Archie Watson it was a second agonising reverse of the week having had Dragon Symbol lose the Commonwealth Cup in the stewards’ room on Friday.

Stoute said: “The horse really deserved it. He’s a top-class sprinter and the previous two years one more stride and he wins, but that is not what it’s about. You’ve got to get there first. I’m really happy for him today.

“I was pretty hopeful from two out. He finishes well and he’s very effective at seven furlongs as well.

“He won a Group One last year at Haydock and he’s won Group races, but it has been frustrating because he has been beaten so narrowly in the past.

“He’s such a good racehorse and as he’s got older and mature, he’s relaxed more and got better.

“The team have done a great job, as have the two that ride him out, and he’s not run many below-par races but he is probably a little bit better now. That is because he is more relaxed.

“He was my last chance of the meeting. Group Ones have never been easy and it’s probably a little harder now and experience often gets beaten by these young pups.

“I don’t know where he’ll go next. He’s in the July Cup, but he didn’t go there last year as the ground was too quick. I don’t like running him on fast ground.”

It was thrilling finish to the Diamond Jubilee
It was thrilling finish to the Diamond Jubilee (David Davies/PA)

Moore said: “Any winner here is important, but especially a prestigious race like this.

“(Sir) Michael has been great to me my whole career, but he’s got this horse to perform in this race three times in a row so fair play to him.

“He’s been a great horse, he’s got better every year but a stiff six furlongs with cut in the ground is perfect.”

Doyle was pleased with Glen Shiel, who was returning to his best having been fourth on his reappearance in Ireland.

She said: “That was a pleasing run and shows the horse is back to his best.”

Easterby said of Art Power: “It was a cracking run, he was out on his own and just got a bit tired in the last half a furlong. He ran to the line.

“I wouldn’t be against bringing him back to five for the King George at Goodwood.”

Glen Shiel raring to go on return to scene of his finest hour

Glen Shiel returns to the scene of his finest hour, with conditions set to be very much in his favour, in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The seven-year-old landed the British Champions Sprint on soft ground at the Berkshire track last October, giving rider Hollie Doyle a first Group One success in the process, and the duo will team up again in the six-furlong feature on the final day of the Royal meeting.

Glen Shiel already has a run under his belt this term, having finished fourth in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last month, and Simon Turner, racing director for owners Hambleton Racing, reports Archie Watson’s charge to have progressed for the run.

Hollie Doyle will be aboard Glen Shiel once again
Hollie Doyle will be aboard Glen Shiel once again (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

He said: “Obviously we welcome the rain at Ascot and he’s in great condition at home.

“He’s come on for his reappearance run in Ireland and we couldn’t be happier with him.”

Glen Shiel has shortened in the market for the Diamond Jubilee following the rain, and Turner thinks plenty more will support him with his ability to act on soft ground.

He added: “It was testing ground when he won there in the autumn and while he handles it, I don’t think he needs it. It probably just doesn’t inconvenience him as much as some of the others.

“We are excited to run him and I think plenty of people will latch on to Glen as he has that soft ground form, and he certainly deserves to be in the conversation.”

Dreams Of Dreams (nearest to camera) was just denied last year
Dreams Of Dreams (nearest to camera) was just denied last year (Julian Finney/PA)

Dream Of Dreams is reported to be in tip-top shape as he bids to atone for narrow defeats in the last two runnings of the race.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained sprinter failed by just a head to peg back Blue Point in 2019 and went down by the same margin to Hello Youmzain 12 months ago.

He did manage to get that elusive success at the highest level in Haydock’s Sprint Cup in September and warmed up for a third crack at this coveted prize with a smooth victory over Garrus at Windsor last month.

“He’s going very good at home,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail.

“He couldn’t be better, you just don’t know about the draw (three) but with 14 runners it shouldn’t make much difference.

“He’s working very well and he couldn’t be better.”

Nahaarr represents William Haggas
Nahaarr represents William Haggas (Steven Cargill/PA)

William Haggas thinks Nahaarr will be better with cut.

“Nahaarr ran a very good race in the Duke of York,” said the Newmarket handler.

“I think he might be a little bit better with a bit of cut in the ground. If they go fast and he can wait a bit I think he’ll come home well.”

Ventura Rebel was fifth behind Starman at York on his seasonal debut, but his excellent course form could put him in the picture.

His trainer Richard Fahey said: “He’s been to Ascot three times and he’s won there (at the May meeting), he’s been second (as a two-year-old in the Norfolk Stakes) and he’s been third (to Golden Horde in last year’s Commonwealth Cup).

“He loves the track and I was delighted with his comeback run at York, which doesn’t really suit him. He’s been training exceptionally well and while I’m not saying he’ll win, I won’t be shocked if he runs a big race.”

Royal Commando (centre, green/white cap) is one of two runners for trainer Charlie Hills
Royal Commando (centre, green/white cap) is one of two runners for trainer Charlie Hills (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Charlie Hills expects his two runners, Royal Commando and Garrus, to do themselves justice.

“Royal Commando’s win in the Cammidge Trophy has worked out well,” said the Lambourn trainer.

“We would have run in between in Ireland, but the ground wasn’t great so we’ve come straight here. He was fourth in the Commonwealth Cup last year and I’m happy with his training, so I think he should run well at a decent price.

“Garrus has really stepped up this year and I can see him running a huge race.”

Tim Easterby’s grey Art Power has sound claims, while the German-trained Namos and Irish Group Three winner Sonaiyla add further spice to an intriguing contest

Dream Of Dreams out to cap breakthrough season

Dream Of Dreams bids to cap an excellent couple of months with victory in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.

The six-year-old had gone close in many big races, including finishing second in the last two Diamond Jubilee Stakes, before lifting the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock – having previously demolished the opposition in Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes.

Those two wins came after a gelding operation, but connections feel that is not the only reason Sir Michael Stoute’s charge appears to have improved.

“The gelding operation has helped, but most sprinters improve as they get older – and he’s the same,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail.

“I wouldn’t say he was fragile, but he used to come back from his races a bit sore and things, and he’s just more mature now.

“I think he’s a worthy favourite. He had a little breeze on Wednesday morning under Ted Durcan, and he was very happy with him.

“I don’t think he would want really heavy ground, but soft ground is fine.”

The Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel stayed on well to get within a length and a quarter of Dream Of Dreams at Haydock.

The Pivotal gelding, the mount of Hollie Doyle, carries plenty of confidence on Saturday.

Glen Shiel has struck up a good partnership with Hollie Doyle
Glen Shiel has struck up a good partnership with Hollie Doyle (Dan Abraham/PA)

Cosmo Charlton, head racing manager for owners Hambleton Racing, said: “He’s in great form – his last few bits of work have been really good, and Archie has been very happy with him since Haydock.

“The more rain they get, the better. The ground will be fine for him, I’m sure, but we know he handles heavy ground particularly well and will stay further.

“Hopefully he’s going there with a good each-way chance. We’re massive fans of Hollie’s, and it would be brilliant if we could provide her with her first Group One winner.”

A below-par Oxted was forced to bypass the Merseyside challenge, but trainer Roger Teal reports his July Cup hero to be ready to return to action.

“We were unfortunate to miss Haydock, but he seems back on song now. Conditions are probably going to be his biggest hurdle,” he said.

“It suits other horses like Dream Of Dreams and One Master. They have got solid form on soft ground – but if we do handle conditions we’re in with a fighting chance.

“You’re a Group One horse now, so you have to go where the opportunities are. It’s either that, or we don’t run at all.

“The owners are keen to find out – and I’m keen, and he’s in good shape. It’s fingers crossed he handles it and he can put up a performance and mix it with the best of them.

“He’s only had two races this year so we’ve been pretty steady with him and he’s a horse who runs well fresh.”

One Master was runner-up in this race 12 months ago and showed her well-being when winning the Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp for the third year running.

Her trainer William Haggas expects she will do herself justice.

“She should run a good race. She’s done her bit now,” said the Newmarket handler.

“This is a bonus, but she ran such a good race last year and she seems in really good form. She’s got a chance.”

Starman is the unknown quantity in the line-up, having won all his three starts to date in impressive fashion.

The three-year-old claimed the scalp of the smart Dakota Gold in a Listed race at York last time out, and trainer Ed Walker cannot wait to see how he fares in this elite company.

“He’s done nothing wrong – and Dakota Gold, who he beat at York last time, has won the Bengough and the Rous Stakes since,” said Walker.

“To go into a Group One like this on his fourth start is a big ask, but he deserves to take his shot – he’s in great form, and this has been the plan since he won at York.

“The ground probably won’t be ideal, but we’ll see. There was cut in the ground when he won at York, but this will be different again.

“It’s exciting, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Art Power demolished his field at Royal Ascot signalling better things to come
Art Power demolished his field at Royal Ascot signalling better things to come (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Tim Easterby is happy with Art Power as the Sprint Cup fourth returns to the scene of his eyecatching triumph over five furlongs at the Royal meeting.

“He seems in good form. We’ve been happy with him since Haydock and we’re looking forward to it,” said the North Yorkshire trainer.

“It’s a good race – and he has a bit of ground to make up on those that finished in front of him (in the Sprint Cup) – but he’s won at Ascot before, and six furlongs there should be OK for him.

“He’s in good form anyway, so we’ll see.”

Silvestre De Sousa partners Art Power meaning the ride on Andrew Balding’s Happy Power, also owned by King Power Racing, has gone to James Doyle.

“He’s a nice spare – his last run at Newmarket was pretty good,” said Doyle.

“He’s coming in having won his last three starts – it was a good performance the last day. Obviously he’s backing up quite quickly, but the team must be happy to let him take his chance.”

Lope Y Fernandez was only seventh at Haydock, but Aidan O’Brien has not lost faith and is hoping this stiff six furlongs on testing ground may help him.

The son of Lope De Vega was one of the O’Brien horses unable to run during Arc weekend because of issues with contaminated feed.

“We always thought he was a very smart horse. We just weren’t sure about his trip – whether he wanted six or seven furlongs or a mile,” said the Ballydoyle trainer.

“He probably wants a very strongly-run mile, and we thought the seven furlongs in the Foret might have been ideal for him.

“The plan was to go for the Foret and then maybe go for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, (but) when he didn’t have the run in France we left him in at Ascot, thinking the ground might be heavy and the six furlongs might be more like seven furlongs.”