Reflecting On A Dawning Of New Champions

Another Qipco British Champions Day has been and gone and we can now reflect on a brilliant day’s racing in which we saw new champions crowned on and off the course through the eyes of all those involved in the spectacular day!

Prior to racing, a blockbuster crowd watched as Cieren Fallon Jr and Oisin Murphy picked up their respective Champion Apprentice and Champion Jockey trophies from British Olympians Adam Gemili and Katerina Johnson-Thompson!

Her Majesty assumed her usual position in the Royal box in familar pastel colours prior to racing.

When it was time for the racing to kick off it didn’t disappoint!

Donjuan Triumphant landed a first Group 1 on the year for Silvestre De Sousa inΒ In the British Champion Sprint Stakes. He was given as hero’s welcome as he arrived home to Kingsclere!

In the race of the day Champion stayer Stradivarius attempted to land back to back Long-distance Cups following another successful in year in which he won an unheralded second million pound bonus.

However, rival Kew Gardens just got up on the line winning by a nose in what was a gruelling battle between the two of them. Re live the day through the eyes of his ever-present groom below!

Following unfortunate runs on both Advertise and Stradivarius Frankie Dettori would have been ruing his luck! However you cant keep the Italian supremo down for long. He landed his first and only winner of the day as Star Catcher got the better of Aidan O’Brien’s Delphina in the final furlong of the Fillies & Mares Stakes. The ever present Dettori, always popular on the biggest day’s gave the Ascot crowd plenty to cheer about as he followed up the vicotry with his signature flying dismount.

It was the lightly raced King Of Change next to make his mark as he backed up his second placed finish in the 2000 Guineas way back in May with a eye-catching victory. A first QIPCO British Champions Day victory for Jockey and Trainer duo Sean Levy and Richard Hannon. History was also made as Nicola Currie became the first female to ride in the race as she took the ride on Raising Sands!

In what turned out to be a fantastic day for Ballydoyle master trainer Aidan O’Brien, Magical, a likely winner of the 2019 Cartier Horse Of The Year award duly obliged in the Champion Stakes to give the trainer an epic double. In a race not won by a filly or mare since 2006 such an achievement cannot go unnoticed.

In the final race of the day, Europe’s richest mile handicap it was Adam Kirby who hit the bullseye with Escobar as he drew clear of his competitors.

Overall it was a brilliant day seen through the eyes of the 2109 Champion Flat Jockey!


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