Champions Sprint Stakes Tips: Power looks Perfect for this Ascot test

A bumper field lines up for the Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday
A bumper field lines up for the Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday

A bumper field of elite sprinters will line up for the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on Saturday afternoon on British Champions Day, and our in-house tipster Steve Chambers previews the event here and picks out his best bet for the race here...

A sparkling winner of this race in 2021, the Charlie Appleby-trained Creative Force will attempt to retain his sprinting crown at Ascot this weekend and the Godolphin raider has been installed as the 3/1 favourite to claim Group 1 glory once again. An impressive one length winner over Glen Shiel in last year's event, the Dubawi gelding will attempt to sparkle once again in this event and he showed when finishing a fine runner up to Naval Crown in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot that he excels at the Berkshire venue. Last seen finishing fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket, Creative Force has been off the track since then, so will be extremely fresh and has to be respected. However, there's an extremely strong field lining up and the aforementioned Naval Crown could make more appeal at 9/1 despite failing to land a blow when down the field in the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, but showed when winning at the Royal meeting that he can deliver on the big stage.

Another Ascot specialist heading to the six furlong start will be Rohaan, who was last seen at the track bounding to an imperious victory in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes. Earlier in the campaign, the fast-finishing four-year-old retained his Wokingham Stakes in stunning fashion, but that was in handicap company, so a step up into Group 1 territory will need a huge career best. The 4/1 second favourite competed in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock Park earlier this season, but could only finish third, so he will need to improve to get his head in front and he can ultimately falter on the big stage once again.

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Ralph Beckett's Kinross is a fascinating runner in this event as he has been one of the stars of the seven furlong division, but will drop back to six furlongs for this test. A sparkling Group 1 winner in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp last time out, the Beckett charge has shown a real turn of foot at seven furlongs, so it will be interesting to see whether he can find the same pace dropped to six furlongs. Available at 7/1 with the bookmakers, Kinross heads into the event in the form of his life, but having finished in the mid-division in the six furlong Platinum Jubilee back in June it could be that he struggles to deliver the goods over three-quarters-of-a-mile.

Tim Easterby's Art Power was just over two lengths behind Creative Force in this race 12 months ago and warmed up for this contest with a dominant three length win in a Group 3 race at the Curragh, but had previously finished eighth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, so will need to improve on that Curragh success and at 6/1 can be ignored.

One fascinating three-year-old lining up is the Richard Fahey-trained PERFECT POWER who showed his class when storming to victory in the Commonwealth Cup, and if he can replicate that stunning display then he marks superb value at 10/1. Well fancied for the July Cup at Newmarket, he could only finish seventh and he replicated that finish in the Group 1 Prix Maurice De Gheest, but a return to Ascot could see him recapture his best form and like in the Commonwealth Cup if he can stalk the pace he can unleash a fine turn of foot and he could pull clear of his rivals in a thrilling renewal.

Of the others, Aidan O'Brien's Tenebrism (12/1) was a classy winner of the Prix Jean Prat earlier in the season, but has struggled of late and at 12/1 is no value, while Brad The Brief (12/1) and Go Bears Go (28/1) add more depth to the contest, which will be a spectacular renewal.

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