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QIPCO British Champions Day

🏇 Ascot Racecourse is the place to be for QIPCO British Champions Day, a jewel in the crown of the UK horse racing calendar.  Tickets are available.  

There is a good reason British Champions Day is known as the Ultimate Raceday .  A stellar line-up of the world’s best horses and jockeys are under starter’s orders for the twelfth staging of the event which is once again the nation’s most valuable raceday with prize money totalling £4 million at stake.   

The finale to the British Flat racing season will see the best horses, trainers and jockeys step out onto the hallowed Ascot as they bid to follow in the hoof prints of British and European equine legends.  The raceday has seen the likes of Frankel, Minding, Stradivarius and Trueshan triumph and since it was staged for the first time in 2011 the event has cemented its place as the finest day of racing anywhere in the UK. 

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Ahead of the racing head to the Bandstand Lawn at 11.30am for a Jockey Masterclass where some of the UK’s leading jockeys will demonstrate the skills required to ride a racecourse.  Then at 12 noon, also at the Bandstand Lawn, there’s a chance to meet your favourite jockey and get their autograph at the Jockey Signings. 

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Onto the racing and a total of six races over different distances will decide which horses are truly the best of their time over the five categoriessprint, mile, middle distance, long distance and fillies & mares – which make up the British Champions Series.  

First out of the stalls is the Long Distance Cup at 1.25pm a Group 2 race over two miles.  The Champions Sprint Stakes at 2pm 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 2.35pm the Fillies’ and Mares Stakes will see the best female horses go head to head over one and half miles, while at 3.10pm 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 3.50pmWith £1m+ in prize money the most valuable mile and a quarter race in Europe has a famous roll call of winners.  None more so than Frankel, regarded by many as the greatest racehorse of all-time, who famously won the race in 2012 (see below) to end his career with a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 races.  Keeping up the family tradition Cracksman (sired by Frankel) won in 2017 and 2018.

The final race of the day at 4.30pm is The Balmoral Handicap Stakes raced over one mile with a prize pot of £200,000.

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Frankel – 2012 QIPCO Champions Stakes winnner

Then at 5pm it’s The Ultimate After Party on the Bandstand Lawn.  The likes of George Ezra, Jax Jones, Ella Eyre and Basement Jaxx have hosted in the past.  Who will headline the 2022 After Party?  Head to to the Bandstand Lawn to find out.

A cocktail of world-class horse racing in the stunning surroundings of Ascot Racecourse, always at its impeccable best on British Champions Day.  A memorable day is guaranteed!  A sell-out is expected so don’t delay in booking your ticket.

🗝️ Gates open: 10.45am

🕒 Jockey Masterclass: 11.30am.

🖌️ Jockey Signings: 12 noon.

🏇 First race: 1.25pm

🏇 Last race: 4.30pm.

🎤 After Party: from 5pm. 

🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  There are three enclosures to choose from.  The King Edward VII (the premium enclosure), Winning Post and Queen Anne.

🎟️ Tickets on the day subject to availability.  Checking the Ascot Racecourse Twitter feed before travelling is highly 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.

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