Some of the best horses in the world have been entered to race at the 10th edition of the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 17. This is the richest race day in Britain and the only one to feature four Group 1 contests on the same day.
Prize money of £2.5 million is on offer:
- Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) – £170,130
- Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) – £198,485
- Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) – £198,485
- Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) – £368,615
- Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) – £425,325
- Balmoral Handicap – £62,250
Can Stradivarius land the opener?
John Gosden is currently tied with Aidan O’Brien on eight winners at QIPCO British Champions Dayand will be confident of getting off to a winning start in the very first contest. The two horses at the head of the market for the opening two-mile race, the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, both come from the Gosden yard.
Stradivarius is a strong 11/8 favourite with BetVictor to land the prize, ahead of stablemate, Logician, who is a 5/1 chance. Andrew Balding has enjoyed a successful summer, and his runner, Spanish Mission, goes for a hat-trick and looks a nice each-way price at 8/1.
Sir Michael Stoute’s victory dream
Sir Michael Stoute will hope to run Dream Of Dreams in the days first Group 1 contest, the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. After back-to-back wins at Newmarket and Haydock, Stoute will be confident of picking up a win and his runner is the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor. Clive Cox is likely to send out Golden Horde, who is the 5/1 second favourite, while the unbeaten Starman will hope to make it four wins from four and is an interesting 10/1 each-way hope.
Could this be a Magical day for Aidan O’Brien?
Aidan O’Brien looks set to enter Magical in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and will hope she can become the first horse to win races at three different British Champions Days. Currently, she sits on two wins, but is alongside some illustrious company on that mark in the shape of Frankel and Cracksman.
BetVictor have her priced at 6/1 to achieve the feat, but Fancy Blue, who goes for Donnacha Aidan O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien’s son, could spoil her chances at odds of 7/2.
Can Kameko edge out Palace Pier?
This year’s 2000 Guineas winner, Kameko, will hope to add the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to his list of achievements, but faces stiff opposition from Palace Pier. John Gosden’s runner is the 10/11 favourite with BetVictor, to make it a sixth straight win. Kameko is priced at 5/1, whilst Circus Maximus looks an interesting 10/1 price.
Who will claim the day’s biggest prize?
The Qipco Champion Stakes looks to be the most competitive race of the day with £425,325 up for grabs to the winner. French Classic winner Mishriff is the 5/2 favourite with BetVictor, but he could face the worlds highest rated horse, Ghaiyyath, and the winner of the Investec Oaks, Love. Magical might also run in this race, hoping to secure that record third win too.