🏇 Say goodbye to the 2019 Flat racing season in style at Ascot Racecourse and QIPCO British Champions Day, a jewel in the crown of the UK horse racing calendar. Gates open at 10.30am ahead of the first race at 1.35pm and tickets are available.
Not for nothing is British Champions Day known as the Ultimate Raceday . A stellar line-up of the world’s best horses and jockeys are under starter’s orders for the ninth staging of the event which is once again set to break all records as the most valuable day’s racing in the history of the sport in Britain. And you can be there to witness it!
The day will start with the crowning of the Stobart Champion Jockey in the Parade Ring. At the time of writing that looks to be Irish wizard Oisin Murphy who has over 150 winners, some 38 more than nearest rival Danial Tudhope.
Then it’s onto the course and six races over different distances will decide which horse are truly the best of their time.
First out of the stalls is the Long Distance Cup at 1.35pm a Group 2 race over two miles.
The Champions Sprint Stakes at 2.10pm is the first of four consecutive Group 1 (the pinnacle in terms of class) races and will be over in a flash (little over a minute to be precise) as some of the fastest horses in Europe thunder up the finishing straight. At 2.45 the Fillies’ and Mares Stakes will see the best female horses go head to head over one and half miles, while at 3.20pm the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is run over the classic one mile distance.
Then the centrepiece of an extraordinary day’s racing, the Champion Stakes at 4pm. With £1.3m in prize money the most valuable mile and a quarter race in Europe has a famous roll call of winners. None more so than wonderhorse Frankel (see below) who famously won the race in 2012 – to make it 14 wins from 14 races – in what was his final race. Keeping up the family tradition Cracksman (sired by Frankel) won in 2017 and 2018.
This glorious finale to the 2019 Flat season is not just about horse racing, the celebrations continuing after the last race with Basement Jaxx headlining the British Champions Day after party. The double BRIT award winners are sure to bring the ultimate DJ set to the Ultimate Raceday.
A cocktail of world-class horse racing and music in the stunning surroundings of Ascot Racecourse, always at its impecabble best on British Champions Day. It’s impossible not to enjoy! A sell-out is expected so don’t delay in booking your ticket.
🗝️ Gates open: 10.30am
🏇 First race: 1.35pm
🏇 Last race: 4.45pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the day subject to availability. Checking the Ascot Racecourse Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: By car: Ascot is accessible from the M3, M4 and M40 and parking is available. For details and to book visit the Ascot website.
By train: South West Trains runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.