British Champions Sprint Stakes

The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes is the finale of the British sprinting series and features the season’s best speedsters. Introduced in 2011 and upgraded to Group 1 status in 2015, it gives sprinters a final opportunity to scoop some valuable prize-money on British Champions Day

Champions Sprint Stakes

Length of the race – Six furlongs
Where to watch – RTV and ITV.
When to watch – Saturday, October 19 at 2.00pm.
Prize-money – The race is worth £550,000, with £311,905 going to the winner.
Course – The race is run at Ascot racecourse.
Race type – Group 1.
Weights –Three-year-olds carry 9st 1lb, horses aged four and older carry 9st 2lb. There is a 3lb weight allowance for fillies and mares.
Ages – The race is open to horses aged three and older.
Sponsor – Qipco have sponsored the race since 2011.

The Punt

Previous Winners

wdt_ID Year Horse Form Age Price Trainer Jockey
2 2018 Sands Of Mali 112005 3 28-1 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
3 2017 Librisa Breeze 416-492 5 10-1 Dean Ivory Robert Winston
4 2016 The Tin Man 14-1812 4 13-2 James Fanshawe Tom Queally
5 2015 Muhaarar 3-18111 3 5-2f Charlie Hills Paul Hanagan
6 2014 Gordon Lord Byron 782232 6 5-1j Tom Hogan Wayne Lordan
7 2013 Slade Power 713102 4 7-1 Eddie Lynam Wayne Lordan
8 2012 Maarek 613132 5 5-1 David Nagle Jamie Spencer
9 2011 Deacon Blues 0-21111 4 5-2f James Fanshawe Johnny Murtagh
10 2010 Lady Of The Desert 13-3562 3 4-1 Brian Meehan Richard Hughes
11 2009 Sayif 20-1454 3 11-1 Peter Chapple-Hyam Richard Hills

Key trials

The July Cup at Newmarket and the Sprint Cup at Haydock are both six-furlong Group 1s so often provide Champion Sprint runners. The two six-furlong sprints at Royal Ascot, the Commonwealth Cup (three-year-olds only) and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, feed into the finale, as does the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

What happened last year?

A shock winner as 28-1 chance Sands Of Mali got out in front and stayed there for the full six furlongs to win by a length from Harry Angel. Donjuan Triumphant was third with 2016 winner and 3-1 favourite The Tin Man in seventh.

Where can I get Champions Day tickets?

Champions Day tickets can be purchased from the Ascot website here.