The new British Champions’ Series has been created to present Flat racing’s most prestigious annual races as an overall sequence. The aim is to help spectators follow particular horses and their achievements throughout the season – like following a football club’s progress through a championship series.

Horses will be competing in five separate championship categories, according to their specialist distance or gender. Each category features six top races held at different racecourses throughout the summer. There will then be a championship final for each category held on the new British Champions’ Day.

Here is your guide to which races are part of the British Champions’ Series, plus the races to take place on the finale, British Champions’ Day:

CATEGORIES AND RACES

SPRINT

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse 1 Racecourse 1 Date
Temple Stakes G2 3 YO+ HAYDOCK PARK 21st May
King’s Stand Stakes * G1 3 YO+ ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
14th June
Golden Jubilee Stakes *   G1 3 YO+ ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
  18th June
July Cup *   G1 3 YO+ NEWMARKET
(July Meeting)
  9th July
Nunthorpe Stakes   G1 2 YO+ YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
  19th August
Sprint Cup   G1 3 YO+ HAYDOCK PARK
(Sprint Cup Meeting)
  3rd September

* These races are also part of the Global Sprint Challenge series

MILE

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse 1 Racecourse 1 Date
2000 Guineas Stakes **   G1 3 YO
(Excluding geldings)
NEWMARKET
(Guineas Meeting)
  30th April
Lockinge Stakes   G1 4 YO+ NEWBURY
(Lockinge Meeting)
  14th May
St James’s Palace Stakes   G1 3 YO
(Colts only)
ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
  14th June
Queen Anne Stakes   G1 4 YO+ ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
  14th June
Sussex Stakes   G1 3 YO+ GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
27th July
Joel Stakes G2 3 YO+ NEWMARKET
(Cambridgeshire Meeting)
24th September

 

MIDDLE DISTANCE

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse 1 Racecourse 1 Date
Coronation Cup G1 4 YO+ EPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
3rd June
Derby ** G1 3 YO
(Excl. geldings)
EPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
4th June
Prince of Wales’s Stakes G1 4 YO+ ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
15th June
Eclipse Stakes G1 3 YO+ SANDOWN PARK
(Eclipse Meeting)
2nd July
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes G1 3 YO+ ASCOT
(King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Meeting)
23rd July
International Stakes G1 3 YO+ YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
17th August

FILLIES & MARES

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse 1 Racecourse 1 Date
1000 Guineas Stakes ** G1 3 YO NEWMARKET
(Guineas Meeting)
1st May
Oaks ** G1 3 YO EPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
3rd June
Coronation Stakes G1 3 YO ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
17th June
Falmouth Stakes G1 3 YO+ NEWMARKET
(July Meeting)
7th July
Nassau Stakes G1 3 YO+ GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
30th July
Yorkshire Oaks G1 3 YO+ YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
18th August

LONG DISTANCE

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse 1 Racecourse 1 Date
Yorkshire Cup G2 4 YO+ YORK
(Dante Meeting)
13th May
Gold Cup G1 4 YO+ ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
16th June
Goodwood Cup G2 3 YO+ GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
28th July
Lonsdale Cup G2 3 YO+ YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
20th August
Doncaster Cup G2 3 YO+ DONCASTER
(St Leger Meeting)
9th September
St Leger Stakes ** G1 3 YO DONCASTER
(St Leger Meeting)
10th September

** These races also form the British Classics series

BRITISH CHAMPIONS’ DAY AT ASCOT ON 15TH OCTOBER 2011

Category (in order of running) 1 Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse
MIDDLE DISTANCE Champion Stakes *** G1 3 YO+
MILE Queen Elizabeth II Stakes *** G1 3 YO+
SPRINT British Champions Sprint Stakes (formerly Diadem Stakes) + G2 3 YO+
LONG DISTANCE British Champions Long Distance Cup (formerly Jockey Club Cup) + G3 3 YO+
FILLIES & MARES British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (formerly Pride Stakes) + G2 3 YO+

*** These races are also part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series

+ New race names for British Champions’ Day races – read more here

FUTURE CHAMPIONS’ DAY AT NEWMARKET ON 8TH OCTOBER 2011

There is also a new Future Champions’ Day to be held at Newmarket, where you can spot the top class young horses who will hopefully go on to become the stars of the British Champions’ Series in the future:

Race 1 Race
Status
1 Age of horse
Dewhurst Stakes G1 2 YO
Middle Park Stakes G1 2 YO
Rockfel Stakes G2 2 YO
Autumn Stakes G3 2 YO
Challenge Stakes G2 3 YO+
Darley Stakes G3 3 YO+
Cesarewitch Heritage Handicap N/A 3 YO+

GUIDE TO THE BRITISH CHAMPIONS’ SERIES 2011 – CLICK HERE

 

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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