Haydock Park

  • 15:50 Betfred Sprint Cup 6f

  • Winner £141,775 2nd £53,750 3rd £26,900 4th £13,400
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places in the back straight)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 12.25s
  • Off time: 15:53:09
15:50 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 7/2
2nd Slade Power (IRE) 9/1
3rd Hoof It 33/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 734231 red, white maltese cross, white cap Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
5 9-3 T Hogan Johnny Murtagh 114 7/24.50
2 (7) 118222 Emerald green, orange hoop and sleeves Hamza (IRE) 14
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-3 b K A Ryan Jim Crowley 108 25/126.00
3 (16) 446508 Black, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, Black cap, Yellow stars Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
7 9-3 J S Goldie G Lee 106 22/123.00
4 (3) 142621 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Heeraat (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
4 9-3 W J Haggas P Hanagan 112 14/115.00
5 (13) 3/55-700 Pink, black cross belts, pink sleeves, black stars Hoof It 21
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-3 M W Easterby Graham Gibbons 107 33/134.00
6 (8) 021656 Black, Red cap Kavanagh (SAF) 14
Distance Winner
6 9-3 t M F De Kock P Cosgrave 115 50/151.00
8 (1) 30-2112 Pink and Maroon stripes, Pink sleeves Lethal Force (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
4 9-3 C G Cox A Kirby 121 5/23.50
9 (9) 026212 Red, maroon seams and armlets Rex Imperator 14
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-3 p W J Haggas N Callan 110 12/113.00
10 (14) 371310 WHITE, red striped sleeves, check cap Slade Power (IRE) 15
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-3 E Lynam W M Lordan 115 9/110.00
11 (15) 1682-05 Royal blue Soul (AUS) 34
Distance Winner
6 9-3 Saeed bin Suroor J Fanning 112 16/117.00
12 (11) 0-72820 Dark blue and pink stripes, pink sleeves and cap Swiss Spirit 15
Distance Winner
4 9-3 J H M Gosden R Hughes 111 14/115.00
14 (10) 12-1741 Red, Red cap, White spots Garswood 39
3 9-1 R A Fahey R L Moore 111 5/16.00
16 (5) 8701-30 Emerald green and dark blue (quartered), emerald green sleeves, emerald green cap, dark blue diamond Intense Pink 77
Distance Winner
4 9-0 C F Wall S Sanders 104 40/141.00
Non runners
7 (12)210205Kingsgate Native (IRE)89-3R M H CowellNon Runner112
13 (4)0-90009Tiddliwinks79-3K A RyanBarry McHugh104
15 (6)1111-35Reckless Abandon39-1C G CoxNon Runner115


An excellent renewal featuring many of the usual suspects. Lethal Force might not be well drawn in stall one and could be forced to make a bee-line for the fair rail but his form this season is right out of the top drawer with victories in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket. He was just collared by the brilliant Moonlight Cloud at Deauville last month when attempting to make all again but that was over a longer trip, an excuse for his defeat by Gordon Lord Byron at Longchamp last year. Clive Cox's grey is the one to beat again but this race has produced a few shock results down the years. Three-year-olds have won three of the last 11 and are well represented with Garswood, who won a Group 2 at Goodwood in July, and Reckless Abandon. The latter finished ahead of Heeraat, Swiss Spirit and Kingsgate Native in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot and has won a Group 1 over this trip. Hamza is a speedy sort but looks held on several form lines and Slade Power disappointed at York and has a bit to prove now. REX IMPERATOR looks to have plenty to find on the form book but was an unlucky loser over an extra furlong at York last time having looked a progressive sprinter when easily landing the ultra-competitive Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. Connections have been praying for rain and conditions have turned in his favour so he could go close at generous odds as a few of his rivals will not appreciate the easier ground.