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The $3 million Champions Sprint runs on Champions Stakes Day, as part of the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse each November.
2023 Champions Sprint Results
- 1st: #8 Imperatriz
- 2nd: #2 Buenos Noches
- 3rd: #7 In Secret
Champions Sprint Field News
The 2023 VRC Champions Sprint field is released on the Wednesday before the race during Melbourne Cup week 2023.
The Champions Sprint field attracts the season’s best sprinters that face off down the famous Flemington straight on the first Saturday of November.
The $3 million Group 1 Champions Sprint field runs over 1200m on VRC Champions Stakes Day, formerly known as Mackinnon Stakes Day until being renamed ahead of the 2022 edition, held four days after the Melbourne Cup.
Run under weight-for-age conditions, the VRC Champions Sprint final field attracts mainly older sprinters with the three-year-olds traditionally running a week earlier in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) against their own age at the same track / distance.
The Champions Sprint final acceptances close on the Wednesday before race day and reveal the make-up of the field and the Champions Sprint barrier draw.
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The 2023 Champions Sprint field and barriers are released the Wednesday before Champions Stakes Day, which runs on the first Saturday in November each Melbourne Cup Carnival, and will be published in full below.
The 2023 Champions Sprint final field features a quality line-up of spring sprinters led by the airborne Imperatriz who is odds-on to make it five wins on the trot and her third at elite level this prep after taking out the Moir Stakes – Manikato Stakes double at The Valley.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x10x8826x1||FRONT PAGE||Matthew Dale||Tyler Schiller||7||58.5kg||104|
|2||123x57x138||BUENOS NOCHES||Matthew Smith||Blake Shinn||11||58.5kg||109|
|3||47x12284x6||LOFTY STRIKE||Julius Sandhu||Damien Oliver||4||58.5kg||108|
|4||2x3x160x11||STAR PATROL||Clinton McDonald||Ben Melham||6||58.5kg||106|
|5||x15x11x312||AIRMAN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||10||58.5kg||103|
|6||30236×3331||BELLA NIPOTINA||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Craig Williams||1||56.5kg||114|
|7||1x1317x244||IN SECRET||James Cummings||James McDonald||5||56.5kg||115|
|8||x11121x111||IMPERATRIZ||Mark Walker||Opie Bosson||8||56.5kg||118|
|9||x6117x2171||ESPIONA||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||3||56.5kg||112|
|10||11x344x121||ASFOORA||Henry Dwyer||Mitchell Aitken||9||56.5kg||111|
|11||1262×4395||C’EST MAGIQUE||Grahame Begg||Michael Dee||2||56.5kg||95|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Champions Sprint Nominations
The 2023 VRC Champions Sprint Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and will be published below as the first early sign of what sprinters will make up the Champions Sprint Field.
The 2023 Champions Sprint nominations attracted 14 short-distance specialists dominated in the all-in markets by Imperatriz chasing a fifth win on the trot and who was last seen dominating the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at The Valley by over three lengths.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||x15x11x312||AIRMAN||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|3||30236×3331||BELLA NIPOTINA||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||114|
|4||123x57x138||BUENOS NOCHES||H||4||Matthew Smith||109|
|6||1262×4395||C’EST MAGIQUE||M||4||Grahame Begg||95|
|8||x10x8826x1||FRONT PAGE||G||7||Matthew Dale||104|
|10||1x1317x244||IN SECRET||M||4||James Cummings||115|
|11||47x12284x6||LOFTY STRIKE||H||4||Julius Sandhu||108|
|12||110412×711||SHE DANCES||M||4||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||101|
|14||2x3x160x11||STAR PATROL||G||5||Clinton McDonald||106|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.