2018 32Red Sprint Cup Festival at Haydock Park

Haydock Park is widely regarded as one of the most stunning racecourses in the UK, and it hosts the three-day Sprint Cup Festival each year in September. The Sprint Cup is the main event, and this Group 1 race traditionally takes place on the final day of the festival. This year, the festival takes place from 6 – 8 September.


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It is common for the Sprint Cup to attract the best sprinters in Europe as it is the last premium quality sprint event of the British racing season. In this guide, I will be previewing the main event along with two other enthralling races. I’ll be sharing the current betting odds, past betting trends and general racing info to help you bet on the Sprint Cup Festival with a sense of purpose.

Let’s get to it.

2018 Superior Mile Stakes

(a.k.a. 32Red Mile)

8 September at 14:25 on ITV1

This Group 3 race is a relatively new event as it was first inaugurated in 2003. It was initially run as a Listed Race but received an upgrade in 2011. It is a 1m 37-yard race that is a good test of pure speed and stamina. It is open to all horses aged 3yo+ with allowances for fillies and mares, along with varied penalties for previous Group race winners.

Previous Winners

YearWinnerOdds (SP)
2013Top Notch Tonto22/1
2014Captain Cat15/8
2015Balty Boys11/4
2016Hathal11/2
2017Ballet Concerto8/1

Betting Trends and Information

There are 14 confirmed entries at the time of writing with Regal Reality installed as the 4/1 favourite. Emmaus and Forgettable Filly are next at 5/1, and the rest of the field is 6/1+

  • 11/14 winners finished in the top 4 in their previous race.
  • 6/14 favourites have won the race.
  • 13/14 winners had an OR of 103+.

There is a distinct lack of trends to help us out although if we remove horses that have an OR of 102 or less and/or failed to finish in the top four in their last run, we are left with just seven contenders.

The favourite, Regal Reality, looked good when winning the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood and with Adam Kirby on board, 4/1 represents good value in what is admittedly a tough race to call.

Ante Post Betting Odds

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Regal Reality11/45/23/1
Unforgetable Filly5/19/25/1
Emmaus5/15/15/1
Salsabeel6/111/26/1
Ostilio7/17/17/1
Tabarrak9/17/17/1
Zonderland10/19/18/1
Threading10/19/110/1
Master The World10/111/112/1
Here Comes When10/19/110/1
Circus Couture18/118/120/1
Salateen20/118/120/1
So Beloved25/122/116/1
Alexios Komnenos25/122/125/1
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Ascendant Stakes

8 September at 15:00

This Listed race is another recent addition to the festival. It was first run in 2009 and takes place over the same 1m 37y distance as the Superior Mile. It is open to 2yos only, and there is a 5-pound allowance for fillies and penalties for previous Group or Listed winners. The Ascendant Stakes happens on the final day of the festival.

Previous Winners

YearWinnerOdds (SP)
2013Chief Barker5/4
2014Celestial Path11/8
2015FoundationEvens
2016Frankuus5/1
2017Chilean6/1

Betting Trends and Information

There are 18 runners at the time of writing although the maximum field is 17 so there will be withdrawals. Beatboxer is the 7/4 favourite followed by Great Scot at 4/1 and Waldstern at 5/1. The rest of the field is 11/2+.

  • 7/9 winners have come from either the inside or outside stall.
  • 5/9 winners were favourites.
  • 5/9 winners also won their last race.
  • 9/9 winners last ran 9-50 days before the race.

Although there are several days before the Ascendant Stakes takes place, it’s already looking like a tough race to call. William Hill has 12 horses at odds of 10/1 or less, and since it is a race that’s under a decade old, it is arguable if trends are of any use.

Pay special attention to stall numbers because horses on the inside or outside stall perform extremely well. There have been five winners from the inside stall in the race’s nine-year history. We expect the odds to tumble on most horses because 8/9 winners have won at odds of 6/1 or less, but only five favourites have emerged triumphant. The favourite Beatboxer is a C & D winner and is unbeaten in his two starts.

Ante Post Betting Odds

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Beatboxer13/86/47/4
Great Scot4/14/19/2
Persian Moon5/111/25/1
Floating Artist11/26/16/1
Kuwait Currency15/27/17/1
Accordance8/18/17/1
Klute17/28/18/1
Certain Lad10/110/19/1
Dark Jedi11/110/110/1
Getchagetchagetcha9/110/18/1
Nayef Road12/112/110/1
Federal Law14/114/112/1
Pogo16/114/116/1
Star Terms16/116/116/1
Goldino Bello22/125/125/1
Bullington Boy28/133/140/1
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2018 Sprint Cup

8 September at 16:15

The main event of the 2018 Sprint Cup Festival is a 6f dash open to all horses aged 3yo+. It was first run in 1966 and was originally held in November. What was then known as the Vernons Sprint Cup was moved to September in 1979 and has remained there since. The first running of the race on the existing course occurred in 1986. The Spring Cup achieved Group 1 status in 1988 and allowed juveniles (2yos) to enter from 1989 to 1994.

Previous Winners

YearWinnerOdds (SP)
2013Gordon Lord Byron7/2
2014G Force11/1
2015Twilight Son10/1
2016Quiet Reflection7/2
2017Harry Angel2/1

Betting Trends and Information

There are 17 possible entries at the time of writing. Last year’s winner Harry Angel is the clear 5/4 favourite followed by James Garfield at 7/1. The rest of the field is 8/1+.

  • 16/21 winners finished in the top three in their previous race. 0/21 winners finished outside the top six in their last race.
  • 19/21 winners were aged 3-5.
  • 7/21 favourites won the race; 20/21 were in the top seven in the betting.
  • 17/21 had an OR of 109+. Three of the other four winners were having their first race.

If we focus strictly on the trends, Harry Angel would be eliminated due to a terrible run at Ascot in June in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes when a 5/2 favourite. However, he had an awful start and was left behind in the stalls. His jockey, Adam Kirby, decided to ease off in the final furlong once he saw there was no chance of victory. As a result, it would be unwise to remove the 2017 winner from the equation.

When we consider the OR, last race performance (barring Harry Angel), age, and position in the betting market, we are left with just four contenders. Despite Harry Angel’s poor performance at Ascot, he has five pounds over the rest of the field and is the one to beat assuming he doesn’t get stuck in the stalls!

Had Blue Point been involved, as seemed to be the case only a few days ago, it might have been a different story. However, since the field was trimmed from 26 to 17, Harry Angel’s odds were cut from 7/4 to 5/4. Sir Dancelot’s win in a Group 2 at Newbury last time out means he is probably best placed to spring a surprise at 8/1. He meets all the trends and is in good enough form to land the win.

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Harry Angel5/411/1011/8
The Tin Man7/113/27/1
James Garfield7/115/27/1
Sir Dancealot15/28/18/1
Tasleet8/19/18/1
Brando8/111/110/1
Limato10/111/19/1
Eqtidaar14/116/112/1
Speak In Colours16/116/116/1
Sands of Mali16/120/116/1
Gustav Klimt25/125/125/1
Fleet Review25/133/125/1
Sioux Nation25/133/120/1
Donjuan Triumphant40/150/133/1
Hey Jonesy50/166/150/1
Spirit of Valor50/166/150/1
Intelligence Cross100/1150/1100/1
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