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British Champions Day

“The richest day in British racing”

QIPCO British Champions Day is the pinnacle of Britain’s flat racing season. Marking the official end of the campaign, Ascot racecourse hosts a championship finale as five Group races are contested across each respective division with over £4.2 million in prize-money on offer, making it Britain’s richest ever race-day.

The most illustrious of the races on British Champions Day are the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over one-mile and the Champions Stakes raced over Ascot’s 1m2f setting. The QEII was host to one of the most incredible horse racing performances in 2011 when the great Sir Henry Cecil-trained Frankel annihilated the field to win by four-lengths. One year later, the superb colt become the first horse to win at two British Champion Day’s when he beat Cirrus Des Aigles in the Champions Stakes in his 14th and final career outing, solidifying his position as one of the greatest to ever grace the sport. 

The presence of Frankel in 2011 and 2012 cemented British Champions Day as Britain’s premier race day and has since developed into a must-see event both on course and off course. A capacity crowd of 70,000 have flocked to Ascot racecourse since the series began in 2011 to witness a fantastic afternoon of world-class flat racing action.

The finale of the British flat racing season

Champions Day was created in 2011 as the end of the British Champions Series – an idea developed in the hope that by combining many of the UK's top flat races into a meaningful series, horse racing would start to appeal to a higher number of casual UK racing fans. It is now regarded as the culmination of the entire UK flat racing season.

Champions Day Schedule

British Champions Long Distance Cup

A Group 2 race over two miles for three-year-olds and up with a prize purse of £300,000. It has been running since 1873, previously at Newmarket but it moved to Ascot in 2011.

British Champions Sprint Stakes

A Group 1 race over six furlongs for three-year-olds and over with a total pot of £600,000. This event has always been staged at Ascot, and was created in 1946.

British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes

A Group 1 race for fillies and mares aged three years and over run over one mile and four furlongs with a purse of £550,000. The longest race of the day, it has also always been held at Ascot (aside from 2000 when it was moved to Newmarket), and has been run since 1946.

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

A Group 1 race for three-year-olds and up run over a mile with a prize purse of £1.1 million. Previously run in September, it was moved to Champions Day in 2011.

Champion Stakes

The feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1.3 million, this event is run over one mile and two furlongs and is for three-year-olds and up. Like the Long Distance Cup this race was originally run at Newmarket but was moved to Ascot in 2011.

Balmoral Stakes

A Group 1 Handicap race, the Balmoral Stakes is the final event of Champions Day, and has a prize purse of £250,000. It is run over a mile and is for three-year-olds and over.

Famous Champions Day Winners

The legendary Frankel ended his racing career at the 2012 Champions Day meeting by winning the Champion Stakes in 2012, one year after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The colt ran fourteen times during his racing career, winning all fourteen races. 

Further Flight managed a staggering five successive wins of the Long Distance Cup, winning in 1991 as a five-year-old and then every year until 1995 as a nine-year-old. The horse enjoyed a lengthy eight year career, winning twenty-four of his seventy races.

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