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The BRC Sprint is a Group 3 race traditionally run on Doomben Cup Day in May during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival as a possible Stradbroke Handicap lead-up.
2023 BRC Sprint Results
- 1st: #7 Surf Dancer
- 2nd: #10 Dragon Leap
- 3rd: #3 Cardinal Gem
BRC Sprint News
The Ladbrokes BRC Sprint is a Group 3 race held each year at Doomben Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on a Saturday in May.
Run over a distance of 1350m*, the BRC Sprint is an option both for horses that excel at shorter sprints as well as mile runners. With a total purse of $300,000 as of 2023, the BRC Sprint is a good early lead-up for gallopers heading towards the Group 1 $3 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm the following month.
*Note: The BRC Sprint 2022 was moved from Saturday May 21 to Saturday May 28, 2022 due to heavy rainfall in Brisbane and took place over 1300m at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Queensland Derby Day.
Recently class mare Tofane improved on a lead-up second in the BRC Sprint to win the Stradbroke Handicap in 2021.
For 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic saw the BRC Sprint contested earlier in May over a shorter 1200m distance and offering a lesser $125,000 in total prizemoney.
Known as the BTC Sprint up until 2009, the race was renamed to reflect the new Brisbane Racing Club, the result of an amalgamation of the Brisbane Turf Club and Queensland Turf Club. The BRC Sprint runs alongside the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and a number of other black-type winter races.
The 2022 BRC Sprint form was franked with the runner-up Alligator Blood winning the Stradbroke Handicap next start followed by a host of subsequent interstate Group 1 victories over the next 12 months including the 2022 Underwood Stakes, 2022 Cantala Stakes and the 2023 Futurity Stakes.
The 2023 Ladbrokes BRC Sprint ran on Saturday May 20, 2023 as part of Brisbane’s Doomben Cup Day card and was won by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained six-year-old Surf Dancer ($31) in a huge boilover.
BRC Sprint 2023 Info:
|Saturday May 20, 2023|
|1350m (1300m in 2022)|
2023 Ladbrokes BRC Sprint Results
- 1st: #7 Surf Dancer ($31)
- 2nd: #10 Dragon Leap
- 3rd: #3 Cardinal Gem
The spring’s The Big Dance fourth-placed six-year-old Surf Dancer ($31) was huge at big odds in Brisbane on Saturday posting an upset victory in the 2023 Ladbrokes BRC Sprint results bouncing back from his dead-last in The Archer in Rockhampton last time out to surge to victory the closing stages.
|1||7||SURF DANCER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Joshua Parr||4||57.5kg||$31|
|2||10||DRAGON LEAP||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Opie Bosson||0.15L||15||56.5kg||$31|
|3||3||CARDINAL GEM||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||0.83L||16||58kg||$5F|
|4||1||SCALLOPINI||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Boris Thornton||0.89L||7||60kg||$7|
|5||11||HILAL||Tony Gollan||Ryan Maloney||2.09L||10||56kg||$31|
|6||13||VINCO||Tony Gollan||Ben Thompson||2.26L||2||55.5kg||$61|
|7||6||SINAWANN (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Jason Collett||2.31L||12||57.5kg||$16|
|8||17e||LADY OF HONOUR||Ben & JD Hayes||Jake Bayliss||2.47L||6||54kg||$18|
|9||5||HOLYFIELD||Annabel Neasham||Ms Samantha Collett||2.67L||8||58kg||$21|
|10||15||UCALLEDIT (NZ)||Kris Lees||Andrew Mallyon||3.42L||5||54.5kg||$14|
|11||14||EXCELIDA||Ben & JD Hayes||Tim Clark||3.66L||11||55kg||$14|
|12||16||CHARMMEBABY (NZ)||Lawrie Mayfield-Smith||Taylor Marshall||3.81L||13||54kg||$91|
|13||8||KIKU||Chris Waller||James McDonald||4.37L||14||57kg||$17|
|14||9||COAL CRUSHER||Joseph Pride||Sam Clipperton||6.31L||3||56.5kg||$6.50|
|15||2||DARK DESTROYER (NZ)||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Nash Rawiller||6.5L||9||59.5kg||$16|
|16||12||BACCHANALIA||James Cummings||James Orman||7.72L||1||55.5kg||$6.50|
|20e||MUNHAMEK (GB)||Nick Ryan||0|
|21e||CLEMENCEAU||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jaden Lloyd (a)||0|
|19e||BROOKSPIRE||Chris Waller||Mark Du Plessis||0|
|4||GEM SONG||Kris Lees||0|
|18e||FAR TOO EASY||David McColm||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 BRC Sprint Betting
The full Ladbrokes BRC Sprint 2023 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Stradbroke Handicap lead-up race will be provided below once released the week of the race.
There was a notable upset in 2021 with Emerald Kingdom winning the event at BRC Sprint odds of $31.
Soxagon ($6 in 2022) was the last favourite in BRC Sprint betting to win.
The roughies were back on top in 2023 with the Sydney-based Surf Dancer posting an upset at BRC Sprint odds of $31.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 BRC SPRINT ODDS (Final Field)
2023 BRC Sprint Form
2023 BRC Sprint Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Ladbrokes BRC Sprint 2023 Tips on the Stradbroke lead-up race this winter.
- To Win: #3 Cardinal Gem ($6 at time of publish)
Begg’s airborne four-year-old may be drawn the extreme outside alley, but he still looks a genuine winning chance out to make it three on the bounce here. The gelding sees Doomben for the first time but has an excellent strike-rate at the distance (9:4-2-1) and is in top form. Group 3 Victoria Handicap winner by over two lengths at Sandown two back before a last start Listed Anniversary Vase win with 60kg on his back. Down two kilos here with 58kg in a winnable race.
2023 BRC Sprint Field
The BRC Sprint field attracts a line-up of middle-distance sprinters that could come off a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign or that may have had a Brisbane lead-up in other similar class and distance events.
Horses out of the BRC Sprint field could back-up later in the Carnival’s Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m), a race the 2017 BRC Sprinter winner Jungle Edge ran second in next-up, except in 2022 when the race was held on the same day as the Kingsford Smith Cup.
The 2023 Ladbrokes BRC Sprint field & barriers are due out on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below once announced by Racing Queensland.
The Ladbrokes BRC Sprint 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of potential Stradbroke hopes including the resuming eight-year-old Scallopini carrying the 60kg top-weight, the Kiwi raider Dark Destroyer racing for the first time since a New Zealand Group 1 win in September last year, and the in-form Grahame Begg-trained Cardinal Gem chasing a third win on the trot.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||75251x311x||SCALLOPINI||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Boris Thornton||11||60kg||108|
|2||11x7214x1x||DARK DESTROYER (NZ)||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Nash Rawiller||13||59.5kg||107|
|3||23110×6211||CARDINAL GEM||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||21||58kg||104|
|4||023x70x259||GEM SONG||Kris Lees||5||58kg||104|
|5||176x1233x8||HOLYFIELD||Annabel Neasham||Ms Samantha Collett||12||58kg||104|
|6||x28x67458x||SINAWANN (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Jason Collett||16||57.5kg||103|
|7||61x16460x0||SURF DANCER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Joshua Parr||8||57.5kg||103|
|8||5x179x42x6||KIKU||Chris Waller||James McDonald||18||57kg||106|
|9||52162×4341||COAL CRUSHER||Joseph Pride||Sam Clipperton||3||56.5kg||101|
|10||x244x146x9||DRAGON LEAP||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Opie Bosson||20||56.5kg||101|
|11||94000×8268||HILAL||Tony Gollan||Ryan Maloney||14||56kg||100|
|12||3x626x1182||BACCHANALIA||James Cummings||James Orman||1||55.5kg||99|
|13||102x9551x0||VINCO||Tony Gollan||Ben Thompson||2||55.5kg||99|
|14||x5163x7320||EXCELIDA||Ben & JD Hayes||Tim Clark||15||55kg||102|
|15||5x121113x0||UCALLEDIT (NZ)||Kris Lees||Andrew Mallyon||9||54.5kg||97|
|16||x0218x70x0||CHARMMEBABY (NZ)||Lawrie Mayfield-Smith||Taylor Marshall||17||54kg||99|
|17e||712330×734||LADY OF HONOUR||Ben & JD Hayes||Jake Bayliss||10||54kg||97|
|18e||14x4127x16||FAR TOO EASY||David McColm||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||19||54.5kg||97|
|19e||124x80x71x||BROOKSPIRE||Chris Waller||Mark Du Plessis||4||54kg||96|
|20e||2302523117||MUNHAMEK (GB)||Nick Ryan||7||54kg||96|
|21e||12x221x524||CLEMENCEAU||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jaden Lloyd (a)||6||54kg||95|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 BRC Sprint Nominations
The BRC Sprint nominations are announced on the Monday prior to the race. Although it only holds Group 3 status, the BRC Sprint nominations draw some very talented horses from around the country, including many Queensland stables and some top interstate stables.
The 2023 Ladbrokes BRC Sprint nominations will be published below as soon as released by Queensland Racing.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x1131x11||ANTINO (NZ)||G||4||Tony Gollan||90|
|4||23110×6211||CARDINAL GEM||G||4||Grahame Begg||104|
|5||x0218x70x0||CHARMMEBABY (NZ)||M||6||Lawrie Mayfield-Smith||99|
|6||0x60455x81||CHASSIS||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||87.5|
|7||12x221x524||CLEMENCEAU||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||95|
|8||52162×4341||COAL CRUSHER||G||5||Joseph Pride||101|
|9||11x7214x1x||DARK DESTROYER (NZ)||G||4||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||107|
|10||1523213×17||DEMOCRACY MANIFEST||G||4||Chris Waller||90|
|11||x244x146x9||DRAGON LEAP||G||6||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||101|
|12||4181610×42||EMERALD KINGDOM||G||8||Desleigh Forster||105|
|13||x5163x7320||EXCELIDA||M||6||Ben & JD Hayes||102|
|14||9707×20429||EXPAT (NZ)||M||5||Joseph Pride||101|
|15||14x4127x16||FAR TOO EASY||G||4||David McColm||97|
|16||66x5111x21||FIFTEEN ROUNDS||G||7||Barry Lockwood||94|
|17||023x70x259||GEM SONG||G||7||Kris Lees||104|
|20||909×612619||IRISH SONGS||G||7||Louise White||94|
|22||712330×734||LADY OF HONOUR||M||4||Ben & JD Hayes||97|
|23||65107×0510||MISTER YU SHU||G||6||Jim Conlan||72|
|24||2302523117||MUNHAMEK (GB)||G||7||Nick Ryan||96|
|25||27572380×5||PRIME CANDIDATE||G||8||Bjorn Baker||97|
|27||75251x311x||SCALLOPINI||G||8||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||108|
|28||x28x67458x||SINAWANN (IRE)||H||6||Anthony & Sam Freedman||103|
|29||61x16460x0||SURF DANCER (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||103|
|30||730x400x92||THE INFERNO||G||6||Cliff Brown||102|
|31||5x121113x0||UCALLEDIT (NZ)||G||5||Kris Lees||97|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
BRC Sprint History
Following the merger of the Queensland Turf Club and the Brisbane Turf Club in 2009, the BTC Sprint became known as the BRC Sprint. First run in 1985, the race is old enough to have a solid reputation while still being relatively young. The BRC Sprint was a listed race for its first decade, upgrading to Group 3 for the 1996 edition and remaining at that grade since. Two trainers share the record for most races won, at two wins each: Walter Doolan and John Morish.
The fastest time around the BRC Sprint was made by Chief De Beers in 1998, at 1:17.5. Incidentally, Chief De Beers won 20 out of his 51 races, and he never won away from Doomben Racecourse.
The BRC Sprint was first run in 1985, when Final Affair seized a solid victory.
For 2020 the BRC Sprint was moved to the start of May and took place over a shorter 1200m due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s affect on the Australian racing industry.
In 2022 the BRC Sprint was moved to the Queensland Derby Day card a week later to run over 1300m at Eagle Farm due to heavy rainfall in Brisbane.
BRC Sprint results since 2000 are below.
BRC Sprint Results
BRC Sprint (Held at Eagle Farm over 1300m)
|1st||Tambo’s Mate||1:09.52 (over 1200m)|
|3rd||I’m A Rippa|
|1st||I’m A Rippa||1:18.98|
|3rd||Fire Up Fifi|
|3rd||Hard To Catch|
|3rd||Son Of Dane|
|1st||Hard To Catch||1:18.4|
|2nd||River To The Sea|
|3rd||Court Of Jewels|
|2nd||Make Mine Magic|
|3rd||Treasure The Kwila|