Sprint Cup Betting
The Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup, run over six furlongs, is always a hotly contested betting heat that tends to attract the cream of European sprinting talent, many of whom use this feature event of the Sprint Cup meeting as a serious trial for the Prix de l’Abbaye sprint at Longchamp on Arc day in early October.
Sprint Cup betting
In 2006, Eric Alston’s Reverence justified his odds at the head of the Sprint Cup betting market, when winning in fine style on rain-softened ground, landing some significant bets in the process. There are however few strong trends in a race which has proved equally lucrative for both three-year-olds and older horses over the years, many of whom having needed to show an ability to handle some cut in the ground as the weather changes with autumn approaching.
With massive crowds flocking to the Lancashire track, the Sprint Cup betting market is always strong and sizeable bets don’t necessarily make a huge impact in the fluctuation of the Sprint Cup odds. This is a top class race supported by a very strong market.
Sprint Cup meeting
Racegoers in the north-west of England flock to the Sprint Cup meeting which, as well as the feature Sprint Cup itself, always attracts a strong supporting card.
French trainer John Hammond has won the main event three times since 1991 (most recently with Nuclear Debate in 2001) and should he be represented again, then the betting will certainly provide a solid guide to the odds of him repeating the feat.
Tim Easterby has won two of the last eight runnings – in 2000 with Pipalong, and then striking again to land some hefty bets with Somnus in 2003. Barry Hills, who scored in 2007 with Red Clubs had also won the race ten years earlier with the high class Royal Applause.
There are no significant jockey trends as only the now retired Kevin Darley has one the race more than once in recent years (Pipalong & Reverence).