QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes
|Group 1, Ascot 13:35
6f, Class 1
|Saturday 19th October 2019
1 Donjuan Triumphant 33/1
2 One Master 4/1J
3 Forever In Dreams 66/1
17 ran Distances: 1l, nk, nse
Time: 1m 16.43s (slow by 4.03s)
Trainer Andrew Balding gave way to emotion after Donjuan Triumphant won the G1 £583,130 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.
It was a first Group One for the Dream Ahead six-year-old's owners, King Power Racing Co Ltd, and came almost exactly a year after King Power's chairman and CEO, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was killed in a helicopter crash (October 27, 2018).
Donjuan Triumphant, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, beat One Master by a length at odds of 33/1.
"He was the first horse the Chairman ever bought, the first horse we had for him, and he would have been so proud of him right now," said Balding. "There were a couple of anxious moments today, but Silvestre managed to get himself out. I am just so thrilled for the horse.
"Historically, Donjuan Triumphant has always come good in the autumn, and I thought he ran a really good race last time out behind Cape Byron
because he fluffed the start and things didn't go according to plan.
"For a horse like him who has been knocking on the door, this is special. When he gets the ground at this time of year he's really good.
"He is due to go to stud in France now; this was always going to be his last run. I hope he has a very long, happy life. He might get some better-looking brides now as well! He doesn't have the best joints in the world and the staff that look after him have done an amazing job.
"I am just so pleased to get a G1 for King Power."
The winning jockey said: "I wish the chairman could be here - he loved Ascot and having winners here. I hope that wherever he is he can see this win.
"I've had injuries this season and it was tough to watch other people riding horses I should have been on. Pain wise and mentally it was hard. I was champion jockey last year and while I'm concentrating on my job [with King Power Racing] I would love to get the title back.
"It's been a tough year, and an emotional year, but I've been knocking on the door and it's good to get a big win on the final day. It means everything to get one for King Power Racing because that's my job, especially a big one. They went a good gallop in the ground and I was happy just to wait and pick them up near the end.
"Andrew loves this horse and has always said that when he gets his ground he can win a big race. Well done to all the Balding team."
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 2)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
POS (DRAW) FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (4) 624862 Donjuan Triumphant 6 9-2 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 33/1
2 (10) -43251 One Master 5 8-13 William Haggas Pierre-Charles Boudot 4/1JF
3 (7) -51207 Forever In Dreams 3 8-12 Aidan F Fogarty 66/1
4 (12) 371724 Brando 7 9-2 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 25/1
5 (16) 111211 Make A Challenge 4 9-2 Denis Hogan James J Doyle 9/1
6 (9) 414413 Speak In Colours 4 9-2 Joseph Brien Donnacha O'Brien 22/1
7 (2) 2-0121 Advertise 3 9-1 Martyn Meade Frankie Dettori 4/1JF
8 (5) 1-4131 Hello Youmzain 3 9-1 Kevin Ryan James Doyle 6/1
9 (15) 134465 Mabs Cross 5 8-13 Michael Dods Gerald Mosse 28/1
10 (14) 103643 Keystroke 7 9-2 Stuart Williams Adam Kirby 66/1
11 (6) -17210 Khaadem 3 9-1 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 50/1
12 (8) -11031 Cape Byron 5 9-2 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 9/1
13 (11) 7-3672 The Tin Man 7 9-2 James Fanshawe Oisin Murphy 10/1
14 (3) 51-630 Sands Of Mali 4 9-2 Richard Fahey Daniel Tudhope 12/1
15 (17) 4808-2 Librisa Breeze 7 9-2 Dean Ivory Joey Haynes 16/1
16 (13) -11208 Dream Of Dreams 5 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute William Buick 20/1
17 (1) 583922 So Perfect 3 8-12 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 33/1