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Singapore KrisFlyer Joins Global Sprint Challenge
Meanwhile Singapore's premier turf sprint, the Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) at Kranji Racecourse on May 22, has been added to the Global Sprint Challenge for 2011. The US$10.8 million series also now boasts 9 races all with Gr1 status (across Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the UK & now Singapore) following the replacement of September's Japanese Gr2 Centaur Stakes (1200m) at Hanshin with Japan's Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) on March 27 at Hanshin. The GSC (1st conducted in 2005) is the world's richest sprint race series & GSC chairman Leigh Jordon commented: "The Global Sprint Challenge is continuing to grow in stature & it is with pleasure that we announce an expansion of the series to 9 races in 2011. The KrisFlyer International Sprint has proven itself world class during a truncated history, with winners from France, Australia & Hong Kong including GSC stalwarts Takeover Target & Sacred Kingdom. The switch of races in Japan achieves the members' desire for uniform Gr1 races, while providing a better flow of races throughout the calendar year with the Takamatsunomiya Kinen an attractive target in March. These changes further enhance the GSC, which has made the world a smaller place for the connections of our very best sprinters, providing them with unique experiences & the opportunity to test their horses on the world stage." In addition any horse that can win 3 races in 3 different countries outside their own racing jurisdiction will collect a US$1 million bonus (split 75% to the owners & 25% to the trainer).
- The 2011 GSC commences with the 1st of 2 Australian legs, the Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 19.
- It then moves to Japan & Singapore respectively for the 2 new legs.
- It then converges on the UK for a trio of straight track races: the King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 14, then the Golden Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at the same venue 4 days later, followed by the Darley July Cup (6 furlongs) at Newmarket Racecourse on July 9.
- The GSC returns to Japan on October 2 for the Sprinters Stakes (1200m) at Nakayama.
- It then returns to Australia's Flemington Racecourse for the Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on November 5.
- The series culminates in Hong Kong on December 11 with the International Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin.