QIPCO British Champions Day – More than just a day’s racing…
QIPCO British Champions Day is the ultimate race day within the British Flat racing season. Ascot is set alight on the nations richest ever raceday, as champions are crowned kings and queens of the turf.
The best horses and jockeys from across the globe will be in action to compete for a record-breaking £4.2 million purse as they bid to follow in the footprints of former British Champions Series stars.
However, it’s not all about the racing, there’s the crowning of champions, there will be multiple prizes on offer including a chance to win a VW polo! A spectacular days racing will then culminate in a chart topping artist of Basement Jaxx.
Multi award-winning artists Basement Jaxx will be bringing Britain’s ultimate raceday to a close as they headline the official QIPCO British Champions Day after-party at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October.
The double act of Londoners Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Burton, who boast over 3 million in career album sales, will be the centrepiece of this year’s post-racing celebrations following on from the past headline acts such as Jax Jones, Ella Eyre, and George Ezra.
The legendary duo will add the prestigious raceday to their ongoing list of career headline performances – a list that includes the main stage of Glastonbury Festival and The Hollywood Bowl.
Much like other years, there are opportunities to win a number of brilliant prizes. One lucky racegoer will get their hands on a brand new VW polo whilst a one lucky student will receive £5,000 towards their annual rent.
As the saying goes, if you don’t buy a ticket you’ll never win the lottery!
Race A Champion
The Race A Champion challenge is where racegoers are invited to take on one of the world’s best racehorses over a 10-metre sprint.
Racegoers will be able to test their power by sprinting against a specially built interactive LED strip and attempting to keep up with lights set to the speed of star horses running in the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series. Think you’re faster than Stradivarius? Have a go on Bandstand corner on Champions Day.
Here’s World and European 4x100m relay Champion Adam Gemili, England and Harlequins rugby player Danny Care, former Olympic cyclist turned jockey Victoria Pendleton and star jockey Oisin Murphy racing against Battash’s time of 1.71 seconds last year.
Crowning of Champions
QIPCO British Champions Day also marks the coronation for those that have won there respective Jockey Championships.
Following the conclusion of the opening ceremony, the Champion Flat Jockey will take place in the parade ring ahead of the first race of the day. Oisin Murphy is set to be crowned for the first time after a wonderful season. The number one jockey for Qatar racing has notched up over 160 winners!
Meanwhile, the Apprentice title is currently being led by Cieren Fallon Jr (son of Kieren Fallon) who has amassed 48 winners to date, but Sean Davis is only seven wins behind in second.
Lastly, John Gosden will be all but crowned Champion Trainer, he has currently accumulated an incredible £6.9 million in prize money and with two favourites on QIPCO British Champions day, he looks to have sewn up the title.
On the day, head to the Parade Ring at 12:20 to see QIPCO British Champions Day 2019 kick off with our traditional opening ceremony. It will start with the crowning of this year’s Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice, before reflecting on a spectacular summer of racing with a parade of flags for the winners of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series races.
The Fan Zone
There’s plenty of time before and in-between races for young racegoers to head to the Fan Zone on the Old Paddock Lawns to experience the many activities on offer: a behind the scenes tour of Ascot (10:30-12:00), a meet-and-greet with an ex-racehorse, a bitesize lesson on an equicizer at the Jockey School and an explanation of the equipment used in racing, plus a giant inflatable horse racing obstacle course and face painting. All activities are free of charge.