This six furlong (1,200 metres) contest provides the grand finale to the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category, to be run as a Group 1 for the first time in 2015 and with prize money of £600,000.
Run for the first time in 2011 (it may have taken over from the Group 2 Diadem Stakes, previously run at Ascot’s late September meeting, but it has new conditions which has changed its profile completely), the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint takes place over the same course and distance as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Since the success of Deacon Blues in the inaugural 2011 running, the race has gone the way of Ireland for the past three years. In 2014 jockey Wayne Lordan landed back-to-back victories in the race aboard Gordon Lord Byron in the contest that provides Flat racing’s speed merchants with one final chance to shine on the British stage and stake their claim to sprinting greatness.
Muhaarar added his name to the list of top-class horses in 2015, as he bowed out the undisputed sprinting champion of Europe.
In Muhaarar’s absence, who will seize the spot as the Series sprinting icon?