Gosdens has five top contenders for Saturday’s British Champions’ rich day – Horse Racing News
A scintillating cast is on track to light up the 10th anniversary of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday after the five-day confirmations were revealed on Monday.
There are highlights at every turn, as befits Britain’s most valuable race, which this year offers a cash prize of £ 4,091,250 (US $ 4,726,641), up 61% compared to last year’s totals. The QIPCO Champion Stakes are set to be the richest race in the UK this year with £ 1.2million (US $ 1.39million) in prize money, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) also having run for over £ 1million ($ 1.16million).
A total of 26 Group 1 winners remain engaged and together they have won 56 races at the highest level. Eight Classic winners remain in contention, including three of this year’s British Classic winners in Mother Earth, Snowfall and Adayar.
It could be a memorable afternoon for John Gosden, who now trains in partnership with his son Thady, as he prepares to saddle five main competitors in six races – Stradivarius (QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup), Free Wind (QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares), Palace Pier (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO)), Mishriff (QIPCO Champion Stakes) and Sunray Major, favorite for the Balmoral Handicap. The Champion Trainer will be looking to add to his tally of eight winners at QIPCO British Champions Day – the same tally as Aidan O’Brien.
“The QIPCO British Champions Day has become the ultimate end-of-season event. It’s wonderfully sponsored and it’s a big event, with Groups 1 from 1,200 meters to a mile and a half, as well as a very valuable Group 2 for those who stay, but I think what interests me the more is that it attracts a much younger audience. said Gosden.
“I’ve said it before, but it’s very obvious that a lot of them are in their teens, twenties and thirties, and that’s so important to our business if we don’t want to end up unimportant. Ascot has a different impression of QIPCO British Champions Day, and that is very positive. The more we can encourage it, the better.
Another big fan of the reunion is William Haggas, who won the QIPCO Champion Stakes last year with Addeybb. He said: “The QIPCO British Champions Day is a huge and momentous occasion. It is the culmination of a long season in Great Britain. Everyone wants to win there.
The course at Ascot is currently good to soft, mild in places on the straight line course and smooth, good to soft in places on the round course. The latest Going Stick readings were 7.7 (straight) and 5.4 (round).
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