Haydock Sprint Cup Betting Tips

Publish: 07.09.2017

It has been a very good season for fans of sprint horse racing. We’ve seen some classic battles between the best in the division and we should be in for another corker at Haydock with Saturday’s Sprint Cup.

Run over a distance of six furlongs, the Sprint Cup is a Group 1 race which routinely contains many of the very best sprinters aged three and older.

This year’s renewal could actually be one of the strongest in recent memory as a hugely talented field look to get the better of the early favourite, Harry Angel.

Top Betting Tips

Harry Angel to win at 9/4 with William Hill

Caravaggio each-way at 16/1 with Sky Bet

Tasleet each-way at 6/1 with Ladbrokes

 

Betting Analysis

Just a few short months ago nobody would have believed you if you’d told them that Harry Angel would be the favourite for the Sprint Cup while Caravaggio would be a best price of 16/1 with Sky Bet.

After beating Harry Angel into second place at the Commonwealth Cup, Caravaggio was bordering on unbeatable. He went on to win the Darley July Cup next up but that was due to some very good work from the world class Ryan Moore on board.

Moore was able to rally the three-year-old after a shocking start but he could not repeat the trick last time out at Deauville. Brando (7/2 with 10Bet) got the win that day while Caravaggio has all but been written off.

That could prove to be a little hasty given the quality that Caravaggio has shown before so an each-way bet is in order at 16/1 with Sky Bet.

But when it comes to the winner, it looks set to be a shootout between Brando and Harry Angel.

Brando claimed his maiden Group 1 at Deuville but we think the five-year-old has too much to do against his younger rival. At a best price of 9/4 with William Hill, we recommend backing Harry Angel for another big win.

There is always the danger that Caravaggio won’t actually make it to Haydock and for that reason it makes sense to have another each-way option. Namely, Tasleet.

It was a busy early part of the summer for the four-year-old and his exertions in some high quality races seemed to have got the better of him in the July Cup. However, he’s been nicely rested since then and will appreciate the softer conditions that are expected.

Race Details

The Sprint Cup celebrated its 50th birthday last year. The race, which was originally the brainchild of trainer Robert Sangster, was first run in the winter and around a stiff left-hand bend.

The timing was changed to September in 1979 before the race was moved to the new straight track at Haydock Park for the 1986 renewal.

Those changes saw the race increase in prestige to the point where it was promoted to Group 1 status in 1988.

Past Five Winners

2016 – Quiet Reflection, ridden by Dougie Costello, trained by Karl Burke
2015 – Twilight Son, ridden by Fergus Sweeney, trained by Henry Candy
2014 – G Force, ridden by Danny Tudhope, trained by David O’Meara
2013 – Gordon Lord Bryon, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, trained by Tom Hogan
2012 – Society Rock, ridden by Kieren Fallon, trained by James Fanshawe

Key Trends to Consider

Connections and backers of Harry Angel are hoping that Clive Cox’s three-year-old can follow in the footsteps of Quiet Reflection and become a winning favourite of the Sprint Cup.

However, last year’s winner was the first favourite to oblige punters since Dream Ahead in 2011. In that time there have been three winners at 10/1 or greater so you should not automatically rule out horses who may look like a bit of a punt.

While horses have won at a variety of starting prices there are some key trends to keep in mind.

For a start, the vast majority of recent winners were aged five or younger while 13 of the last 15 winners had won at least four times before.

Harry Angel has only won three times before but he ticks other important boxes in terms of winning multiple times over six furlongs, finishing consistently in the places and having won before at Haydock.

But when it comes to the winner, it looks set to be a shootout between Brando and Harry Angel.

Brando claimed his maiden Group 1 at Deuville but we think the five-year-old has too much to do against his younger rival. At the best price of 9/4 with William Hill, we recommend backing Harry Angel for another big win.

There is always the danger that Caravaggio won’t actually make it to Haydock and for that reason, it makes sense to have another each-way option. Namely, Tasleet.

It was a busy early part of the summer for the four-year-old and his exertions in some high-quality races seemed to have got the better of him in the July Cup. However, he’s been nicely rested since then and will appreciate the softer conditions that are expected.