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2016 Global Sprint Challenge dates

  • The Global Sprint Challenge features a new race in 2016
  • The Chairman’s Sprint Prize joins the 10-race schedule
  • The Singapore KrisFlyer International Sprint is replaced
The Darley Classic is again part of the Global Sprint Challenge

The Global Sprint Challenge will have a new look in 2016 with the addition of a new race - the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) - in the 10-race series.

The world’s best thoroughbred sprinters will contest the across the year with the Chairman’s Sprint Prize in Hong Kong joining the Black Caviar Lightning and Darley Classic on the list of leading sprint races.

The Chairman’s Sprint Prize, which will be held at Sha Tin Racecourse on 1 May, replaces the Singapore KrisFlyer International Sprint, which was discontinued after the running of the 2015 edition.

The 2016 Global Sprint Challenge will commence with the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington in February and conclude with the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin in December.

A US$1 million bonus will once again be offered to the owners and trainer of any horse that wins a race in three countries.

GSC Committee Chairman, Leigh Jordon, said the Chairman’s Sprint Prize was an exciting addition to the 2016 series.

“The Global Sprint Challenge recognises the premier sprint races from around the world, offering prizemoney and bonuses in excess of US$12 million, and the Chairman’s Sprint Prize is another quality addition to the series,” Jordon said.

“Despite the outstanding quality of sprinters the world has seen in recent years – including the likes of Australia’s Black Caviar, Japan’s Lord Kanaloa and Singapore’s Rocket Man – the bonus for the Global Sprint Challenge is yet to be won, so this year’s event provides an opportunity for a new champion to create history as the first to claim the prize.

“Hong Kong’s Aerovelocity won events in two jurisdictions last year before injury curtailed his chance to secure the bonus at his home track in December when targeting the Hong Kong International Sprint.”

2016 Global Sprint Challenge schedule

Australia’s Flemington Racecourse will host the opening leg of the series on 20 February, with the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) the first of 10 races held this year.

The second event will be conducted at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates with the Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m) to be run on 26 March – Dubai World Cup night.

The series then moves to Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse with the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) on 27 March, before the focus shifts to Hong Kong for the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) on 1 May.

The United Kingdom hosts a trio of sprints in June and July with the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) on 14 June, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on 18 June, both at Royal Ascot, and the Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket on 9 July.

The Challenge then returns to Japan for the Sprinters Stakes (1200m) on 2 October, before the second Australian leg, the Darley Classic (1200m), is held at Flemington on 5 November.

The final chance for sprinters to claim glory comes on 11 December when Hong Kong wraps up the series with the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin.

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