Champions Sprint Results

The VRC 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



The VRC Champions Sprint – formerly run as the VRC Sprint Classic  – is one of the feature races of Champions Stakes Day at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. While the race has changed it’s name and distance numerous times over the years, it has been won by some of the greats of Australian horse racing including the mighty Phar Lap back in 1930, and two-time champ Black Caviar in 2010 and 2011.

The VRC Champions Sprint is now currently worth $3,000,000 as of 2022 and is one of the top sprint events held during the Spring Racing Carnival. Over the years the top sprint stars have featured in the VRC Sprint Classic / Champions Sprint results.

2023 Champions Sprint Results

  • 1st: #8 Imperatriz ($2.15F)
  • 2nd: #2 Buenos Noches
  • 3rd: #7 In Secret

Imperatriz ($2.15F) has kept the wins coming making it five straight victories when handling her first Flemington assignment to dig deep late and hold out the Matthew Smith-trained Buenos Noches and the James Cummings-trained In Secret to win the 2023 Champions Sprint by a half-length on Stakes Day in style.

Click here to read more on the impressive Champions Sprint 2023 win by the favourite Imperatriz.

2023 Champions Sprint Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 8 56.5kg $2.15F
2 2 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Blake Shinn 0.5L 11 58.5kg $14
3 7 IN SECRET James Cummings James McDonald 1.25L 5 56.5kg $3.50
4 9 ESPIONA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2L 3 56.5kg $26
5 6 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 2.1L 1 56.5kg $12
6 1 FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 5.1L 7 58.5kg $21
7 11 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 5.85L 2 56.5kg $151
8 5 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 6.05L 10 58.5kg $26
9 10 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Mitchell Aitken 7.3L 9 56.5kg $16
10 3 LOFTY STRIKE Julius Sandhu Damien Oliver 9.05L 4 58.5kg $61
11 4 STAR PATROL Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 11.05L 6 58.5kg $20

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

VRC Sprint Classic / Champions Sprint Winners & Results

Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic / Champions Sprint results, winners and winning times since 2000 are shown below.

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Champions Sprint
1st Imperatriz 1 minute 9.08 seconds
2nd Buenos Noches
3rd In Secret
2022
Champions Sprint
1st Roch ‘N’ Horse 1 minute 9.19 seconds
2nd Nature Strip
3rd Baller
2021
VRC Sprint Classic
1st Nature Strip 1 minute 8.78 seconds
2nd Swats That
3rd Bella Nipotina
2020
VRC Sprint Classic
1st Bivouac 1 minute 8.69 seconds
2nd Nature Strip
3rd Libertini
2019
VRC Sprint Classic
1st Nature Strip 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Loving Gaby
3rd In Her Time
2018
VRC Sprint Classic
1st Santa Ana Lane 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd In Her Time
3rd DH: Pierata, Jungle Cat
2017
Darley Classic
1st Redzel 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Terravista
3rd Impending
2016
Darley Classic
1st Malaguerra 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Spieth
3rd Fell Swoop
2015
Darley Classic
1st Delectation 1 minute 10.07 seconds
2nd Chautauqua
3rd Terravista
2014
Darley Classic
1st Terravista 1 minute 8.79 seconds
2nd Chautauqua
3rd Lankan Rupee
2013
VRC Sprint Classic
1st Buffering 1 minute 10.36 seconds
2nd Shamexpress
3rd Moment Of Change
2012
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Mental 1 minute 09.04 seconds
2nd Sea Siren
3rd Hallowell Belle
2011
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 08.32 seconds
2nd Buffering
3rd Mid Summer Music
2010
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 07.9 seconds
2nd Star Witness
3rd Ortensia
2009
Patinack Farm Classic
1st All Silent 1 minute 8.78 seconds
2nd Wanted
3rd Bank Robber
2008
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Swick 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Turffontein
3rd Sunburnt Land
2007
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Stanzout
2006
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Shadoways
3rd Miss Andretti
2005
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Glamour Puss 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Barely A Moment
3rd Cape Of Good Hope
2004
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Takeover Target 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Recurring
3rd St Basil
2003
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Ancient Song 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Into The Night
3rd Blessum
2002
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Rubitano 1 minute 7.1 seconds
2nd Intelligent Star
3rd Cosmic Strike
2001
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Sudurka 1 minute 8.4 seconds
2nd Hire
3rd Camena
2000
Patinack Farm Classic
1st Easy Rocking 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Umrum
3rd Tilt The Scales

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