British Champions Sprint Stakes


British Champions Sprint Stakes
Group 2 race
British Champions Sprint Stakes
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1946
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qipco
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 0 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £250,000 (2011)
1st: £141,925

The British Champions Sprint Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) each year in October

The event was originally named after Diadem, a successful filly foaled in 1914. She won several of Ascot's leading races, including the Coventry Stakes, the King's Stand Stakes (twice) and the All-Aged Stakes.

The Diadem Stakes was established in 1946, and the inaugural running was won by The Bug. When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the event was classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 1996.

The Diadem Stakes was replaced by the British Champions Sprint Stakes in 2011 as part of the inaugural British Champions' Day at Ascot. The race was given an increased prize fund and similar conditions to a Group One race.[1]

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Set Fair – 1952, 1954
  • Jack and Jill – 1958, 1959

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottAbergwaun (1971), Home Guard (1972), Saritamer (1974), Swingtime (1975, dead-heat), Absalom (1979), Moorestyle (1981), Salieri (1983)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Walter Nightingall – Set Fair (1952, 1954), Jack and Jill (1958, 1959)
  • Vincent O'BrienAbergwaun (1971), Home Guard (1972), Saritamer (1974), Swingtime (1975, dead-heat)

Winners since 1979

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1979 Absalom 4 Lester Piggott Ryan Jarvis
1980 Sovereign Rose 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong
1982 Indian King 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1983 Salieri 3 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1984 Never So Bold 4 Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong
1985 Al Sylah 3 Tony Murray Harry Thomson Jones
1986 Hallgate 3 Greville Starkey Sally Hall 1:15.32
1987 Dowsing 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 1:14.67
1988 Cadeaux Genereux 3 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb 1:15.91
1989 Chummy's Favourite 4 Frankie Dettori Neville Callaghan 1:14.25
1990 Ron's Victory 3 Freddy Head Alain Falourd 1:12.66
1991 Shalford 3 Tony Cruz Richard Hannon 1:18.95
1992 Wolfhound 3 Steve Cauthen John Gosden 1:17.20
1993 Catrail 3 Michael Roberts John Gosden 1:15.63
1994 Lake Coniston 3 Pat Eddery Geoff Lewis 1:14.35
1995 Cool Jazz 4 Corey Nakatani Clive Brittain 1:18.56
1996 Diffident 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:15.36
1997 Elnadim 3 Richard Hills John Dunlop 1:12.56
1998 Bianconi 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:13.98
1999 Bold Edge 4 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 1:20.12
2000 Sampower Star 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:17.29
2001 Nice One Clare 5 Johnny Murtagh Pip Payne 1:17.60
2002 Crystal Castle 4 Kieren Fallon John Hammond 1:13.40
2003 Acclamation 4 Frankie Dettori Gerald Cottrell 1:12.60
2004 Pivotal Point 4 Seb Sanders Peter Makin 1:13.55
2005 Baron's Pit [1] 5 Johnny Murtagh Amanda Perrett 1:10.74
2006 Red Clubs 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:13.71
2007 Haatef 3 Richard Hills Kevin Prendergast 1:13.96
2008 King's Apostle 4 Liam Jones William Haggas 1:14.20
2009 Sayif 3 Richard Hills Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:12.57
2010 Lady of the Desert 3 Richard Hughes Brian Meehan 1:14.13
2011 Deacon Blues 4 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe 1:12.55

1 The 2005 edition was held at Newmarket.

Earlier winners

  • 1946 - The Bug
  • 1947 - Djelal
  • 1948 - Combined Operations
  • 1949 - Solonaway
  • 1950 - Abadan
  • 1951 - Ki Ming
  • 1952 - Set Fair
  • 1953 - Rose Coral
  • 1954 - Set Fair
  • 1955 - Pappa Fourway
  • 1956 - King Bruce *
  • 1957 - Arcandy
  • 1958 - Jack and Jill
  • 1959 - Jack and Jill
  • 1960 - Zanzibar *
  • 1961 - Satan
  • 1962 - La Belle
  • 1963 - Sammy Davis *
  • 1964 - Ampney Princess
  • 1965 - Majority Blue
  • 1966 - Lucasland
  • 1967 - Great Bear
  • 1968 - Secret Ray
  • 1969 - Song
  • 1970 - Realm
  • 1971 - Abergwaun
  • 1972 - Home Guard
  • 1973 - Boldboy
  • 1974 - Saritamer
  • 1975 - Roman Warrior / Swingtime *
  • 1976 - Honeyblest
  • 1977 - Gentilhombre
  • 1978 - Creetown

* The 1956, 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Kempton Park.
* The 1975 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References

  1. ^ http://www.britishchampionsseries.com/races/october/15/the-qipco-british-champions-sprint-stakes.html

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