Horse Racing
British Champions Sprint Stakes - Form Comments

16/10/2020 17:48

G1 – 1200m – Turf



A late closer, who has a good win and place record in a distinguished career. Ran 3rd in this in 2016, also 4th in the last two years but his best days look behind him.


Cape Byron

Disappointed badly in this in 2019, considering his pulverising G3 win here on his previous start and general liking for this track. First start of 2020 but has twice won after an absence.



Slow at the start but fast at the end when defeating 18 rivals over this course and distance in June. Ratings suggest however that this G1 will be very difficult for him.


Dream Of Dreams

A powerful finish only just failed in a G1 here in June and Ascot’s stiff 1200m looks ideal. Two terrific recent victories – latterly in a G1 at Haydock – make him the one to beat.


Glen Shiel

Tough, consistent and versatile, he finds a lot for pressure and is having no problem handling rises in class as he showed when runner-up in a Haydock G1 last month. Track and trip ideal.


Happy Power

A combination of class and determination has seen him win his last three starts – latterly a G2 at Newmarket. But he is down to 1200m here and may not have quite enough pure speed.



The trainer thought this horse wanted slow ground but his best runs have been on faster, making a winning G1 debut when outspeeding better fancied rivals at Newmarket in July.


Speak In Colours

Not beaten far though never looked like winning this last year. Held up that day but more aggressive tactics saw him win a G2 at The Curragh in June. Absent since disappointing last start.


The Tin Man

Won this (on good ground) way back in 2016. Without a win since 2018 but this popular veteran is still capable of some big performances in high level 1200m sprints.


Art Power

Small – not resembling a typical sprinter – but has a rapid change of gears and was a devastating 1200m G3 winner at Naas. Not quite as good twice since. Best on slow ground.


Dubai Station

Won an all-weather G3 over this trip in June, and another good show saw him a close 3rd in a Deauville G3. Not quick enough for a fast ground 1000m G2 last time.


Lope Y Fernandez

On ratings he would have a chance even if he couldn’t make any impression in a G1 sprint at Haydock last month. He had got closer in G1’s on his two previous starts.



Appears to be climbing the ladder fast, having won all three starts. Came from an unpromising position to win over 1200m at York last month, and the runner-up has won a G3 since.


One Master

A fantastic mare whose traditional sustained burst saw her win the same 1400m Longchamp G1 for the third time. Without an ideal passage in this in 2019 but still an excellent 2nd.



Headed in the last few strides in a G3 at The Curragh, then running a career-best when 3rd in a 1000m G1 at the same track. Still improving on that evidence.



It was a career highlight last time when she outspeeded 11 rivals in a Listed event over this trip on soft ground at Newmarket this month. More needed here. Supplemented.



Overcame a difficult gate to swoop late for victory in a 1600m Royal Ascot handicap, again finishing fast to win at Goodwood. At this level will probably be outpaced over 1200m. Supplemented.