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2020 Sprint Cup Tips – 11/4 shot finally ready to achieve Group One Dream at Haydock

  • We take a look through the field set to contest the 2020 Sprint Cup
  • This Group One sprint takes place at Haydock Park on Saturday 5th September
  • Dream Of Dreams has been pushed to the head of the betting
  • Hello Youmzain, Golden Horde and Lope Y Fernandez could also run
  • We’ve taken a look at each of the runners and picked out our best bet
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Dream Of Dreams (right) destroys the competition in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for the Group One feature at Haydock on Saturday and provide readers with our 2020 Sprint Cup tips.

Haydock Park hosts their biggest meeting of the flat racing season on Saturday, where the Sprint Cup is the main event. This Group One was first run back in 1966, and has been won by greats like Moorestyle, Ajdal and Dayjur during its storied history.

The field for this year’s Sprint Cup is stacked with quality, and we’re all-but-guaranteed a memorable renewal. Let’s take a look through the runners and pick out our best Sprint Cup tips.

2020 Sprint Cup Odds


Name
Odds
Dream Of Dreams3/1
Hello Youmzain7/2
Golden Horde5/1
Lope Y Fernandez6/1
Art Power7/1
Tabdeed10/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken from Betfair on 3/9/20*

2020 Sprint Cup Favourite

Oxted has been usurped at the head of the market by Dream Of Dreams, and he could come in for more support in the build-up to Saturday’s race. Following a gelding operation during the summer, Stoute’s six-year-old lost out by a neck for the second season on the bounce in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. 

Dream Of Dreams then secured an overdue first Group-race title over seven furlongs in the Hungerford Stakes, where he produced a stunning display to dismantle a good-quality field by seven lengths. Oisin Murphy, who was riding Stoute’s charge for the first time at Newbury, takes the ride again, and Betfair makes Dream Of Dreams their 10/3 favourite.

2020 Sprint Cup Form Guide


One who will deal with any conditions is Hello Youmzain, who won this race in good style 12 months ago. Kevin Ryan’s charge held off Dream Of Dreams to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on his reappearance, and ran a cracker to finish second to Space Blues in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on his most recent start.

Golden Horde was beaten into fifth that day at Deauville, and has some ground to make up on Oxted, having finished third behind his rival at Newmarket. Clive Cox is confident his Commonwealth Cup winner can bounce back to top form, but Golden Horde has been found a little wanting in the closing stages when in with battle-hardened older rivals, and his weight-for-age allowance has now shrunk to just two pounds.

Lope Y Fernandez has bounced to top form in recent runs out in France. He was, however, well beaten in the Commonwealth Cup on his last start in Britain, and I’m not sure six furlongs around a soggy Haydock is going to suit him.

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Hello Youmzain (right) holds off Dream Of Dreams (left) at Royal Ascot. (Getty)

Art Power was really disappointing in the Nunthorpe last time out, where he was simply outpaced in the opening half of the race. Stepping up to six-furlongs – a trip he won well over in Ireland – should be much more suitable, but he still has to prove he can cut it at Group One level.

Tabdeed narrowly got the better of The Tin Man when the pair met in the Hackwood Stakes. This will be a first start in Group One company for Owen Burrow’s five-year-old. The Tin Man, however, is a regular in this race, having won it once and placed twice before. Of the two, I’d much rather side with The Tin Man, but neither really captures my imagination.

Glen Shiel secured an impressive Group Three win at the Curragh last time out, and deserves a crack in Group One company. Queen Jojo, Archer’s Dream and Summerghand will also make their Group One debuts this weekend, but it would be a shock is any of the four were to challenge the proven performers at the head of the market.

2020 Sprint Cup Draw

Stall
Name
1The Tin Man
2Archer's Dream
3Queen Jojo
4Summerghand
5Tabdeed
6Golden Horde
7Forever In Dreams
8Brando
9Glen Shiel
10Art Power
11Dream Of Dreams
12Hello Youmzain
13Lope Y Fernandez

2020 Sprint Cup Odds Verdict

A low draw has proven to be a significant advantage in this race over recent seasons. Seven of the last ten winners were drawn eight or lower, and in the last five years, 80% of the first four past the post were also drawn in that section of the track.

A look through the form of previous winners will also tell you course form is important. Haydock can be a tricky track for newcomers to adapt to, which puts a slight negative against Golden Horde and Art Power, who will be making their first starts on Merseyside this weekend.

It’s very hard to knock Hello Youmzain’s form, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Kevin Ryan’s charge retain his crown. Yet, I’m finding it very hard to drag myself away from DREAM OF DREAMS, who looks to be in the form of his life.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was the hard-luck story in this race 12 months ago. Dream Of Dreams was slowest away, and still last of all entering the final half of the race. As James Doyle tried to make inroads, the co-favourite was forced to swerve around the fading Forever In Dreams. After that second setback, Doyle quickly gave up the ghost, coasting home in eighth place.

Dream Of Dreams has clearly reacted really well to that summer gelding operation, and the performance he produced last time out in the Hungerford Stakes was outstanding.

The draw hasn't been particularly kind to our selection, placing Dream Of Dreams wide in stall 11. However, Hello Youmzain is drawn one stall wider and likes to be up on the pace, so Oisin Murphy could get a lovely toe into the race from last year's winner.

It’s been over 30 years since Sir Michael last won this prize, but I think Dream Of Dreams can hand him that elusive third Sprint Cup win.

Sprint Cup FAQs

When is the Sprint Cup?

The 2020 Sprint Cup will be run on Saturday 6th September.

Where is the Sprint Cup run?

The Sprint Cup is held at Haydock Park, Merseyside, and was first run at the venue in 1979.

Who won the Sprint Cup?

The 2019 Sprint Cup was won by Hello Youmzain, who handed trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey, James Doyle their first victories in the race.

How long is the Sprint Cup?

The Sprint Cup is run over six-furlongs, the same distance as other big sprints like the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup.

Where can I watch the Sprint Cup?

The 2020 Sprint Cup will be shown live on ITV Racing. Check out our Live Streaming page if you want to watch the racing via your mobile or tablet.

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Verdict

Dream Of Dreams has been banging on the door at Group One level for a couple of years now. He may be six, but Sir Michael Stoute's charge is in the form of his career and could finally claim that top-level prize on Saturday.

2020 Sprint Cup Tips: Dream Of Dreams Straight Win @+300 at BetMGM - 20 Units

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