Champions Sprint 2022 Race Details

Race 6 at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday the 5th of November 2022.

The Champions Sprint or VRC Sprint Classic (Darley Classic) is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race for three-year-olds and upwards held by the Victoria Racing Club. It is run on the straight course at Flemington in November on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Champions Sprint page.

How to pick a winner

Champions Sprint 2022 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Overcast

The worlds best sprinter Nature Strip is out for redemption against the three year old Giga Kick who toppled him in the Everest.  The mare Bella Nipotina has been well backed in early markets coming off a 4.8 length victory in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.  There are no other runners currently under $20-1.

Champions Sprint 2022 Runner by Runner

1. Nature Strip

Worlds best sprinter.  Won The Shorts at Randwick on September 17 then looked the winner in The Everest but was over run late off a wide run in transit.  The key here is he is third up and gets back to Flemington straight which he loves.  Think he is clearly the one to beat and very backable at even money or better.

2. Masked Crusader

Finished down the track at Rosehill last week.  Been a long time since he’s won.  Low %% play.

3. The Inferno

Never came into it in the Manikato .  Not good enough.

4. Rothfire

Was second in the Manikato.  The top few in the market would have to rate right down for him to be any winning chance.  Place at best.

5. Paulele

Blinkers go on for the first time.  Was disappointing in the Manikato after starting a well supported favourite.  Trust that SP.  Can run top three here.

6. Front Page

Was excellent winning the Kosciuszko at his last start.  Rough hope here.

7. The Astrologist

Loves the straight but is racing a good few lengths below his best at the moment.  Needs to improve.

8. Baller

Won the Bobbie Lewis then was third in the Gilgai.  Like that Zahra goes back on.  Place hope.

9 Bella Nipotina

Blew them away last start in the Manikato winning by some 4.75 lengths on the line.  Has to do it away from the Valley but is clearly flying and who is to say the Maher & Eustace combo can’t win another group 1.

10. September Run

Finished off okay along the inside at Moonee Valley.  Back to the straight suits and so does the draw.  Can run a place at big odds.

11. Roch ‘N’ Horse

Has finished runner up this track and distance at his last two.  In the mix again here.

12. Levante

Kiwi who was fourth in the Newmarket this track and trip in the spring.  Like that she draws out.  Rough hope.

13. Argentia

Is on the quick back up after winning the Rising Fast here last week.  This is tougher.

14. Giga Kick

Unbeaten three year old who won The Everest at his last start.

15. Lofty Strike

Three year old on the quick back up.  Was fourth in the Coolmore last week and gets blinkers for the first time.

Champions Sprint 2022 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis’ Tips
Jo’s Tips
1 Nature Strip 14 Giga Kick
14 Giga Kick 1 Nature Strip
5 Paulele 9 Bella Nipotina
10 September Run 6 Front Page

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Champions Stakes 2022 (Flemington 2000m)

Group 1 Champions Mile 2022 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Matriarch Stakes 2022 (Flemington 2000m)

Group 3 Queen’s Cup 2022 (Flemington 2600m)

Listed The Amanda Elliott 2022 (Flemington 1400m)

Five Diamonds 2022 (Rosehill 1800m)

Golden Gift 2022 (Rosehill 1100m)

Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes 2022 (Rosehill 1400m)

Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes 2022 (Ascot 1400m)

Listed Fairetha Stakes 2022 (Ascot 1400m)

Champions Sprint 2022 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 11 Roch ‘N’ Horse
2nd 1 Nature Strip 0.2 length
3rd 8 Baller 0.4 length
4th 12 Levante 0.7 length

The track was rated as Good 3.

Scratchings: 10. September Run.