BRC Sprint

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



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:

Date:
Saturday May 20, 2023
Track:
Doomben Racecourse 
Distance:
1350m (1300m in 2022)
Race Type:
Quality Handicap
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$300,000

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.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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.

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2023 BRC Sprint Form

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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
2 3x626x1182 BACCHANALIA G 4 James Cummings 99
3 124x80x71x BROOKSPIRE M 5 Chris Waller 96
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
18 94000×8268 HILAL H 4 Tony Gollan 100
19 176x1233x8 HOLYFIELD G 5 Annabel Neasham 104
20 909×612619 IRISH SONGS G 7 Louise White 94
21 5x179x42x6 KIKU M 5 Chris Waller 106
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
26 35x5682x37 SALATEEN M 5 Tony Gollan 93
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
32 102x9551x0 VINCO G 6 Tony Gollan 99

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

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2023
BRC Sprint 
1st Surf Dancer 1:18.83
2nd Dragon Leap
3rd Cardinal Gem
2022
BRC Sprint
(Held at Eagle Farm over 1300m) 
1st Soxagon 1:16.00
2nd Alligator Blood
3rd Niccanova
2021
BRC Sprint
1st Emerald Kingdom 1:19.83
2nd Tofane
3rd Axe
2020
BRC Sprint
1st Tambo’s Mate 1:09.52 (over 1200m)
2nd Deep Image
3rd Outback Barbie
2019
BRC Sprint
1st Tyzone 1:18.98
2nd Violate
3rd I’m A Rippa
2018
BRC Sprint
1st I’m A Rippa 1:18.98
2nd Privlaka
3rd Mr Sneaky
2017
BRC Sprint
1st Jungle Edge 1:21.46
2nd High Midnight
3rd Ulmann
2016
BRC Sprint
1st Snippets Land 1:18.0
2nd Religify
3rd Artlee
2015
BRC Sprint
1st Charlie Boy 1:19.1
2nd Rock Sturdy
3rd Nite Rocker
2014
BRC Sprint
1st River Lad 1:19.6
2nd Benny’s Buttons
3rd Fire Up Fifi
2013
BRC Sprint
1st Belltone 1:19.5
2nd Mahisara
3rd Listen Son
2012
BRC Sprint
1st Tiger Tees 1:18.7
2nd Meet George
3rd Steel Zip
2011
BRC Sprint
1st Woorim 1:18.7
2nd Listen Son
3rd Thankgodyou’rehere
2010
BRC Sprint
1st Beaded 1:18.9
2nd Secrets Untold
3rd Drenalin
2009
BRC Sprint
1st Court Command 1:18.1
2nd El Cambio
3rd Hard To Catch
2008
BRC Sprint
1st Helideck 1:18.2
2nd Absolut Glam
3rd Mr Hornblower
2007
BRC Sprint
1st Friday Creek 1:18.5
2nd Mr Hornblower
3rd Son Of Dane
2006
BRC Sprint
1st Hard To Catch 1:18.4
2nd Amex
3rd Consular
2005
BRC Sprint
1st Ballet Society 1:17.9
2nd River To The Sea
3rd Recapitalize
2004
BRC Sprint
1st True Glo 1:17.7
2nd Falkirk
3rd Patezza
2003
BRC Sprint
1st Emission 1:17.9
2nd Cariboo
3rd Court Of Jewels
2002
BRC Sprint
1st Carael Boy 1:18.1
2nd Make Mine Magic
3rd King Lotto
2001
BRC Sprint
1st Zariz 1:18.3
2nd King Lotto
3rd Treasure The Kwila
2000
BRC Sprint
1st Pleasure Giver 1:20.3
2nd Brighter Scene
3rd Narwong

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