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The QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

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Creative Force
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History

This six furlong (1,200 metres) contest provides the grand finale to the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category. It was run as a Group 1 for the first time in 2015.

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.

After the success of Deacon Blues in the inaugural 2011 running, the race went the way of Ireland for the 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. The Tin Man scooped the spoils 12 months later, with Librisa Breeze emerging triumphant in 2017.

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Irresistible Force proves too speedy to win Champion Sprint

Creative Force gave trainer Charlie Appleby a first victory on QIPCO British Champions Day with his first runner in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes over six furlongs.

The three-year-old was always travelling well under William Buick, slip-streaming the pace-setting 2020 winner Glen Shiel before attacking a furlong from home.

The son of Dubawi had a length to spare over Glen Shiel at the line. Minzaal took third, beaten a further length while Art Power ran on for fourth.

Appleby said: “I was confident with this horse after Haydock. James Doyle felt he was a sprinter earlier this season, and the ground was too fast for him at Haydock.

“I’m delighted for the horse because he has been on the go. He was out at the Craven Meeting and rose through the ranks and came here to win the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“This was my first winner at Champions Day. It’s a fantastic crowd, and the sun is shining down.

“Creative Force is a typical Dubawi who should get better with age. The sprint division is there for someone to take the mantle next year and we’ve been looking for a new star sprinter since Blue Point was retired, so hopefully this horse can be a fun horse for the next year or two. There’s a hole there to be filled and I think he is a young enough horse to do that.”

Buick said: “Creative Force really did deserve it. Obviously, he won the Jersey Stakes here and he goes through that ground which is a big help.

“The race worked out perfectly today – we had a nice draw and I liked the look of it. It worked out how I wanted it to and he was in good form going into it.

“He certainly deserved it, but we thought it was a good chance for him to show his best today.

Results

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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