14:00 Ascot Sat 20 October 2018

  • Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)
  • 6f, Soft
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£358,691.002nd£135,988.003rd£68,057.004th£33,902.005th£17,014.006th£8,539.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 14.21sOff time:14:01:43
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1
(12)
49-2OR: 110CD
33/1

Won a competitive handicap over C&D last year but has only been seen twice this time around and well beaten in a French Group 1 last time. Has a fair bit to prove at this level.

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2
(14)
69-2OR: 116D
13/2

Very consistent performer who was runner-up to The Tin Man in the Sprint Cup last time out. Third in this race in 2016 and conditions no issue (won French Group 1 on soft) but others arrive a little fresher.

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3
(7)
59-2OR: 112D
16/1

Seen at his best with plenty of cut in the ground and put up a respectable effort in the Sprint Cup at Haydock last time when only beaten 2L. Could out run his odds and the booking of Doyle is eye-catching.

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4
(4)
49-2OR: 110BFD
20/1

Relatively consistent and handles conditions but he has plied his trade at a lower level than this and he must improve to play a part here. Hasn't won since landing a Listed race at Doncaster in November.

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5
(13)
49-2OR: 123BFD
4/1

Champion Sprinter in 2017, putting up a remarkable performance to win the Sprint Cup that year. Won in Group 2 class on his return at York but he's not straightforward and has spoiled his own chance twice since. Handles conditions and not ruled out.

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6
(5)
69-2OR: 113CD
11/2

Won this race last year but doesn't arrive in the same sort of form this time around, well beaten at Newbury when last seen. Handles conditions well and has won here three times so can't be ruled out if he can return to form.

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7
(11)
69-2OR: 114CD
12/1

Arrives bidding for a four-timer after an impressive success in a Newmarket Group 2 last time. A very talented sprinter, winning two Group 1 races back in 2016 and can't be ruled out if he returns to that form. Conditions would be the concern.

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8
(9)
59-2OR: 111BFCD
20/1

Group 3 winner here last time but that race fell apart with only four runners in the field. Tends to save his best for this course but he's not the most straightforward, particularly with his finishing effort and there will be no hiding place here.

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9
(6)
49-2OR: 117D
25/1

Has won four times already this season, including two Group 2 races. Has disappointed in his three starts at this course though and probably would have preferred faster ground.

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10
(3)
49-2OR: 111D
25/1

Produced an excellent second placed effort in a Curragh Group 1 in September and followed up to win (dead-heat) the Ayr Gold Cup when well in. Will like this ground more than most and he's an interesting runner.

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11
(1)
Tasleetb1,t142
59-2OR: 114BFD
8/1

Smart sprinter who was runner-up in this race last year but he's not been in the same form this time around, particularly last time when well beaten in the Sprint Cup at Haydock. Looks reliant on first-time headgear working the oracle.

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12
(8)
69-2OR: 117CD
3/1

Won this last year and gained his third Group 1 win at Haydock last time. His third prior to that in a highly competitive Group 1 in France was another impressive effort and he's a rock solid contender given his course form (three-time C&D winner).

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13
(10)
39-1OR: 112D
28/1

Looked like an exciting prospect earlier in the campaign but his age group have looked like a below par crop this year over sprint trips. Needs to improve for his fifth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock last time behind several of these.

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14
(2)
39-1OR: 111CD
33/1

Won a Group 3 at the Curragh in August before finishing down the field in the Sprint Cup last time. Has a C&D success to his name from his time with Marco Botti but has a fair amount to find up at this level.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
3Librisa Breeze59-210/1Full Result
T: D K IvoryJ: R Winston

Betting

Forecast

The Tin Man (3/1), Harry Angel (4/1), Librisa Breeze (11/2), Brando (13/2), Tasleet (8/1), Limato (12/1), Donjuan Triumphant (16/1), Projection (20/1), Dream Of Dreams (20/1), Sir Dancealot (25/1), Son Of Rest (25/1), Sands Of Mali (28/1), Speak In Colours (33/1), Bacchus (33/1)

Verdict

THE TIN MAN is a rock solid contender who was impressive when winning the Sprint Cup in similar ground to what he will get here when last seen at Haydock. The gelding has an excellent record here, a winner of this in 2016 and he's more like than most to run his race. Harry Angel comes here with questions to answer but he couldn't be ruled out if putting his best foot forward. Son Of Rest makes some appeal from an each-way perspective given his liking for conditions, as seen when dead-heating in the Ayr Gold Cup on heavy ground last time.
  1. The Tin Man
  2. Harry Angel
  3. Son Of Rest

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