Trainer Joseph Murphy says everything is set up for Gustavus Weston (20/1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes) to have a crack at winning the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Saturday marks the final day of the flat racing season with plenty up for grabs at the Berkshire course.

Gustavus Weston will be hoping to spring something of a surprise in what will be his second attempt at Group One level.

Already a Group Three and Group Two winner at Curragh, the five-year-old ran admirably in his first attempt at the top level last time out, finishing sixth in the Flying Five Stakes, four-and-a-half lengths behind eventual winner Romantic Proposal.

Now, he will travel over to England to race in the very competitive Champions Sprint, contested over six furlongs.

Murphy is confident the distance and conditions will suit the son of Equiano just fine.

“He’s going well. The ground and distance should suit him. He’s in good form. We’ve freshened him up for the race and hopefully he can do himself justice,” said the County Tipperary trainer.

“Six furlongs is his ideal trip with a bit of juice in the ground.

“With Starman out, and some of the horses that ran in France not going, it looks an open race. We expect him to run a good race.”

The current favourites to take the spoils are Rohaan (4/1 Qipco British Champion Sprint Stakes) and Dragon Symbol (4/1) with little to separate the duo.

Rohaan beat Dragon Symbol by a nose at Haydock in May and then won the Heritage Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Dragon Symbol enters the races having had three top-three finishes in Group Ones this year at Ascot, Newmarket, and York.

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