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New Gr1 Race Added To Royal Ascot
A new 1200m Gr1 sprint for 3YOs will be held at Royal Ascot next year and is among a number of changes to Europe's sprint calendar designed to improve the quality of the competition, reports racingpost.com. The creation of the race, worth £375,000, coincides with the upgrading of races in Britain, Ireland, France and Germany, including the elevation of the Qipco British Champions Sprint on Champions Day to a Gr1 from a Gr2. Brian Kavanagh, the chairman of the European Pattern Committe, said: "For horses performing at every distance other than sprinting, the European Pattern provides a three-year-old only programme until mid summer, when the Classic generation is considered ready to take on the older horses." He added, "The Committee believes it is no coincidence that when it comes to milers and middle distance horses, Europe can genuinely lay claim to having the best in the world, however, there is a definite lack of top class European three-year-old sprinters." The unnamed event will be run on the Friday of the Royal meeting and replaces the Buckingham Palace Stakes (7 furlong handicap).