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
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.
|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|
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.