Star-studded line-up for QIPCO British Champions Day 2017

The winners of 83 Group 1 races and 16 European Classics make up the entries for QIPCO British Champions Day.

Amongst them is this season’s superstar filly Enable, trained by John Gosden who could bid to end her British campaign with victory on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 21st October.

Enable is already the winner of two QIPCO British Champions Series contests this year in the Investec Oaks and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and she’ll be looking to add a third in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.

Enable and Frankie Dettori win The King George at Ascot

QIPCO British Champions Day is the richest raceday in the country, with £4.3 million in prize money, this has attracted the very best to Ascot including the top 10 highest-rated horses in Europe.

Last year’s winner of the QIPCO Champion Stakes, the Jean Claude-Rouget trained Almanzor, is one of 27 different French-trained horses entered across the unmatched British card which comprises four Group Ones and a Group Two.

Almanzor and Christophe Soumillon after winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes

Among the other top-class performers laying down a QIPCO British Champions Day challenge are Ribchester, Barney Roy and Harry Angel, together with the winners of the French and German Oaks, and the French Derby.

No trainer appears more often among the entry lists than Aidan O’Brien, who took the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at last year’s meeting with Minding. Aidan O’Brien has entered superstars such as Winter, the winner of the English and Irish Oaks, Coronation Stakes and the Nassau Stakes. O’Brien has entered also entered the likes of Churchill, Roly Poly, Highland Reel and Order of St George.

Winter and Ryan Moore winning The Coronation Stakes at Ascot

“It’s a brilliant meeting, but it’s tough, it’s very competitive,” said O’Brien, the Champion trainer. “All of the good horses from the whole year are lining up, so we know it’s always going to be tough.”

Check out the QIPCO British Champions Day entries in 8-bit. Which horse would you choose?