QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 14:00
£600,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1   
Saturday 21st October 2017

Aidan O'Brien is considering running Caravaggio in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day after he returned to form in Ireland.

Caravaggio
© Caroline Norris
Caravaggio

Last year's top juvenile sprinte put recent woes behind him to win the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on September 10.

Much was expected of the Scat Daddy colt this year after he won all four of his races at two. He extended that sequence to six when landing the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, but was only fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket and disappointed again in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

O'Brien elected to drop back to five furlongs for the first time this season in heading for the Group Two Flying Five and Caravaggio responded in some style.

Ryan Moore's mount was backed into odds-on favouritism and, while he seemed to be working hard around halfway, Caravaggio picked up strongly the further they raced and was well on top of stablemate and 50/1 shot Alphabet at the line, much to his trainer's delight.

"I'm delighted. We wanted to come back here and get the confidence back. He did everything perfect and Ryan gave him a lovely ride," said O'Brien. "We think he's a great horse. He's relaxed, he quickens, he travels.

"He has a big engine and for a sprinter he's 100 per cent clean-winded. He's very easy to get fit and he's a great mover."

Caravaggio is now 7/2 with bet365 to win the Champions Sprint at Ascot on 21st October. Harry Angel, brilliant winner of Haydock's Sprint Cup on Saturday, is 1/1, while The Tin Man can be backed at 6/1.

Caravaggio beat Harry Angel to win the Commonwealth Cup in June, but that form was turned around by Clive Cox's charge in the July Cup at Newmarket and O'Brien is open to the idea of a third tussle.

"He has all the options. He obviously has the sprint in Ascot and also America. We were talking about Australia earlier in the year, but it might be too much as we had to do a little bit with him the last two weeks to get him here and get everything working," he added.

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Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 2)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
41 entries
Going: N/A

Form Horse Age Wgt Trainer
9-43950 Intelligence Cross (USA) 76 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
11-5613 Love Dreams (IRE) 77 3 9-1 M Johnston
41-635 Mr Scarlet 120 3 9-1 Ms Lavery
38-4089 Peace Envoy (FR) 97 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
21-2121 Harry Angel (IRE) 98 3 9-1 C G Cox
334-110 Fas (IRE) 76 3 9-1 Mme P Brandt
2123-13 Blue Point (IRE) 120 3 9-1 C Appleby
11-1146 Caravaggio (USA) 76 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
12557 Dream Castle 81 3 9-1 S bin Suroor
21-1112 Second Thought (IRE) 147 3 9-1 W J Haggas
24-181 Son Of Rest 133 3 9-1 J A Stack
573369 Alphabet 79 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
1-136 Daban (IRE) 122 3 8-12 J H M Gosden
113-14 Dabyah (IRE) 120 3 8-12 J H M Gosden
11317-0 Quiet Reflection 147 4 8-13 K R Burke
0-32211 Only Mine (IRE) 87 4 8-13 J G Murphy
886210 Spirit of Valor (USA) 81 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
21-1323 Marsha (IRE) 78 4 8-13 Sir Mark Prescott
240-110 Mix And Mingle (IRE) 122 4 8-13 C F Wall
333-111 Battaash (IRE) 78 3 9-1 C Hills
712605 Washington DC (IRE) 78 4 9-2 A P O'Brien
29-4971 Gifted Master (IRE) 77 4 9-2 H Palmer
541424 Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 97 9 9-2 T Hogan
0-77U64 Growl 77 5 9-2 R A Fahey
045410 Jack Dexter 84 8 9-2 J S Goldie
332-039 Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 77 4 9-2 A M Balding
1045-28 Don't Touch 112 5 9-2 R A Fahey
13-1031 Brando 76 5 9-2 K A Ryan
286375 Cougar Mountain (IRE) 97 6 9-2 A P O'Brien
22-6517 Danzeno 77 6 9-2 M Appleby
703301 Kimberella 76 7 9-2 R A Fahey
1416-49 Librisa Breeze 81 5 9-2 D K Ivory
18-2120 Tasleet 98 4 9-2 W J Haggas
121-518 The Tin Man 98 5 9-2 J R Fanshawe
416603 Tupi (IRE) 76 5 9-2 R Hannon
244423 Steady Pace 98 4 9-2 S bin Suroor
145-185 Signs Of Blessing (IRE) 76 6 9-2 Francois Rohaut
16-0324 Limato (IRE) 81 5 9-2 H Candy
0-20114 Magical Memory (IRE) 76 5 9-2 C Hills
467-222 Profitable (IRE) 78 5 9-2 C G Cox
11-6862 Aclaim (IRE) 76 4 9-2 M Meade