14:00 Ascot

Saturday 16 October 2021

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    Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   6f  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   20 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:01  |   Winning time: 1m 13.79s
1
(14)
Horse silk
Ainsdalep14
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-2| J: C Lee| T: K R Burke| OR:  104| D
125/1
Smart colt but he's winless in 2021 and isn't really up to Group 1 level.
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2
(20)
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Art Power21
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-2| J: S De Sousa| T: T D Easterby| OR:  114| C| D
3/1
Quality front-running colt who looked at least as good as ever when demolishing a Group 3 field in Ireland last month. Good efforts on each previous visit to this track, so bold bid expected.
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3
(7)
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Azanot14
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-2| J: S A Gray| T: D O'Meara| OR:  103
150/1
Useful sprinter who made all in listed event at Redcar a couple of weeks ago but is out of his depth at this level.
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4
(13)
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Brando25
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-2| J: T Eaves| T: K A Ryan| OR:  112| BF| D
33/1
Retains plenty of spark despite his advancing years, fourth in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, then undone by the drop in trip at Beverley last time. Good record in this and not completely ruled out.
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5
(2)
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Glen Shielb114
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-2| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A Watson| OR:  113| BF| CD
22/1
Smart gelding who can also boast a C&D win and was right back on track when fifth in the Bengough Stakes a fortnight ago. Landed this last year and first-time blinkers could add some extra spark.
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6
(16)
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Gustavus Weston34
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-2| J: G F Carroll| T: J G Murphy| OR:  115| D
28/1
Smart gelding. Latest win at the Curragh in August. Disappointing at the same course (5f) last time but this trip is more suitable, so can't be completely discounted.
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7
(19)
Horse silk
Happy Power49
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-2| J: Rob Hornby| T: A M Balding| OR:  111| D
50/1
Smart sort who has run at least respectably the last twice and produced his best effort of the campaign when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee over C&D at the Royal meeting. Not a forlorn hope.
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8
(17)
Horse silk
Kinross13
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-2| J: L Dettori| T: R M Beckett| OR:  114| BF
13/2
Very smart form since being gelded, landing Haydock Group 3 and Lennox Stakes at Goodwood. Two good efforts in France since but needs a strong pace to be effective at this trip.
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9
(5)
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Creative Force42
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: W Buick| T: C Appleby| OR:  113| BF| C| D
11/2
Has flourished this term, completing a four-timer in Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Has held form since and wasn't seen to best effect in Sprint Cup at Haydock last time. Remains of interest.
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10
(3)
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Dragon Symbol34
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Oisin Murphy| T: A Watson| OR:  114| BF| D
7/1
Won first 4 starts over 5f/6f and has been admirably consistent in the top sprints since, fourth in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last time. Primed for another big run.
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11
(4)
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Minzaal14
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Jim Crowley| T: Owen Burrows| OR:  111| D
16/1
Looked potentially top class when landing the Gimcrack last year. Kept off the track with a leg injury but made a solid return when second in a listed event at this course recently, so not ruled out.
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12
(12)
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Nando Parradop142
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: A Kirby| T: C G Cox| OR:  102| CD
125/1
Landed the Coventry here last season but hasn't really progressed since and has struggled in pattern company this term. Tried in cheekpieces.
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13
(15)
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Rohaan34
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: R L Moore| T: P D Evans| OR:  114| CD
5/1
Big success story for yard. Made winning handicap debut off 55 and landed the Wokingham off 112. Not seen to best effect since but he's two from two over C&D, so worth taking a chance on.
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14
(11)
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Thunder Moon35
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Tom Marquand| T: J P O'Brien| OR:  110
50/1
Smart performer at 2 yrs and returned to that form when second in Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July. Not at best since and this trip is short of his optimum.
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15
(18)
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Highfield Princess14
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-13| J: Jason Hart| T: J J Quinn| OR:  107| BF| C
22/1
First win came off 58 but has done nothing but improve since, bagging Royal Ascot handicap and listed race at Chelmsford this summer. Solid efforts since but she's not quite a Group 1 filly.
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16
(8)
Horse silk
Keep Busyb114
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-13| J: James Doyle| T: J J Quinn| OR:  100| BF| D
150/1
Smart filly who resumed winning ways in 5f listed event at Ayr in June. Hasn't really fired since, and this looks too strong a race. Tried in blinkers.
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17
(1)
Horse silk
Last Empire13
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-13| J: D Tudhope| T: K A Ryan| OR:  106| D
50/1
Useful mare who got back to winning ways in Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood in July. Not disgraced when ninth in Prix de la Foret since, but that underlines her limitations at the top level.
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18
(6)
Horse silk
Happy Romance42
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: S M Levey| T: R Hannon| OR:  111| D
25/1
Smart filly who landed the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury before a cracking fourth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock last month. Could make presence felt.
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19
(9)
Horse silk
Vadream14
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: David Egan| T: C Fellowes| OR:  107| CD
16/1
Likeable filly who took her form to a new level when landing the Bengough Stakes over C&D 14 days ago. Will need to step forward again if she's to follow up in this more competitive environment.
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20
(10)
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Ventura Diamond14
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: J P Spencer| T: R A Fahey| OR:  102| D
100/1
Useful filly who arrives on the back of a good third in the Bengough Stakes over C&D a fortnight ago. Likely to be outclassed by a number of these rivals, though.
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Forecasts

Art Power (3/1), Rohaan (5/1), Creative Force (11/2), Kinross (13/2), Dragon Symbol (7/1), Minzaal (16/1), Vadream (16/1), Glen Shiel (22/1), Highfield Princess (22/1), Happy Romance (25/1), Gustavus Weston (28/1), Brando (33/1), Happy Power (50/1), Thunder Moon (50/1), Last Empire (50/1), Ventura Diamond (100/1), Ainsdale (125/1), Nando Parrado (125/1), Keep Busy (150/1), Azano (150/1)

Verdict

ROHAAN seemingly comes alive over this C&D and the manner in which he sluiced through the pack in the Wokingham suggests he is well up to winning a race of this nature. Having not been seen to best effect last time, he gets the nod ahead of the tough Dragon Symbol, with the classy Art Power strongly considered on the back of his easy win at the Curragh 3 weeks ago.

  1. ROHAAN (IRE)
  2. DRAGON SYMBOL
  3. ART POWER (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Glen Shiel
Weight: 9-2  |Age: 6
16/1

Prize Money

1st: £301,272.002nd: £114,219.003rd: £57,162.004th: £28,475.005th: £14,291.006th: £7,172.00

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