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British Champions Sprint Stakes - 18th October, 2014

David O'Meara's G Force produced a sensational performance when landing the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park and the progressive sprinter has been supplemented for Saturday's British Champions Sprint Stakes, which is one of the many highlights on British Champions Day at Ascot.

He quickened with aplomb to land that coveted Group 1 prize and if he can replicate that sort of display then is entitled to be on the vicinity again, but there will be a whole host of speedsters doing battle and 2012 winner Maarek will aim to regain the title and is a prominent figure in the betting.

Gordon Lord Byron is a solid Group 1 performer and was last seen finishing second to Olympic Glory in the Prix De La Foret at Longchamp and he will be a popular choice amongst punters, whilst Eddie Lynam's Viztoria landed a Listed event last time out and will head to the Berkshire venue in decent form.

Jim Goldie's Jack Dexter was a cracking second to Slade Power in this race 12 months ago and whilst he hasn't been in top form of late he will relish the soft conditions and can't be discounted in this 6f contest, on a card that will see the Champion Stakes take centre stage.

Of the others, Tropics and Eton Forever can both land a blow if producing their best and have to be considered, whilst the likes of Gregorian and Baccarat add significant depth to what will be a cracking sprint contest on a sensational afternoon.

Latest Betting for 2014 British Champions Sprint Stakes

3/1 G Force

5/1 Gordon Lord Byron

6/1 Jack Dexter

6/1 Maarek

6/1 Viztoria

8/1 Gregorian

12/1 Tropics

16/1 Baccarat

20/1 Absolutely So

25/1 Eton Forever

25/1 Lucky Kristale

33/1 Alben Star

33/1 Intibaah

33/1 Gathering Power

40/1 BAR

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British Champions Sprint Stakes History

The British Champions Sprint Stakes is a Group Two race run at Ascot on British Champions Day over six furlongs for horses aged three years or older.

Previously the Diadem Stakes it was established in 1946 and having been a highlight on Ascot's racing calendar has become part of the British Champions Day, which attracts the top thoroughbreds from all over the UK & Ireland.

Being part of British Champions Day has meant the prize money for the event has rocketed and now a massive �1million is in the pot for the three-quarters-of-a-mile contest.

Like so many of the major races Lester Piggott dominated the Diadem Stakes and notched up seven victories during his illustrious riding career.� His first success came aboard Abergwaun in 1971 with his last coming in 1982 wher he partnered the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Salieri to victory.

More recent winners have seem some of Europe's top speedsters win the event� with Pivotal Point in 2004 and Lady Of The Desert in 2010 being notable winners of the race.

Recent Winners of British Champions Sprint Stakes (formerly known as Diadem Stakes)

  • 2000 - Sampower Star
  • 2001 - Nice One Clare
  • 2002 - Crystal Castle
  • 2003 - Acclamation
  • 2004 - Pivotal Point
  • 2005 - Baron's Pit
  • 2006 - Red Clubs
  • 2007 - Haatef
  • 2008 - King's Apostle
  • 2009 - Sayif
  • 2010 - Lady Of The Desert
  • 2011 - Deacon Blues
  • 2012 - Maarek
  • 2013 - Slade Power

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