The Betfred Sprint Cup is a Group One race run at Haydock Park over six furlongs and is open to horses aged three years or older.
Following on from the Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor Festival the Betfred Sprint Cup gives trainers another chance to send out their speedsters in a quest for Group One glory. However, with the Nunthorpe being over the bare minimum trip of five furlongs the Betfred Sprint Cup over six furlongs is an equally stamina-testing contest. Only Reverence in the last 10 years has managed to bag the Nunthorpe, Sprint Cup double in 2006.
Established in 1966 the Sprint Cup was an immediate success and the Cyril Mitchell-trained Be Friendly bagged back-to-back successes in the race, but since then a new name has been etched on the roll of honour each year, with many failing to retain their title.
Given Group One status in 1988 it is one of the last chances in the season for horses to bag that elusive top level success and historically the Sprint Cup has seen a top quality field line up.
John Dunlop has been the most successful trainer in the race's history bagging a quartet of wins with his first coming in 1981 with Runnett and last coming in 2002 with Invincible Spirit.
Some illustrious names have bagged Sprint Cup glory, but some of the best sprinters in recent memory have failed to get their head in front and in recent years the likes of Oasis Dream, Marchand d'Or and Starspangledbanner have all come up short.