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

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse1Racecourse1Date
Temple StakesG23 YO+HAYDOCK PARK21st May
King’s Stand Stakes *G13 YO+ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
14th June
Golden Jubilee Stakes * G13 YO+ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
 18th June
July Cup * G13 YO+NEWMARKET
(July Meeting)
 9th July
Nunthorpe Stakes G12 YO+YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
 19th August
Sprint Cup G13 YO+HAYDOCK PARK
(Sprint Cup Meeting)
 3rd September

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

MILE

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse1Racecourse1Date
2000 Guineas Stakes ** G13 YO
(Excluding geldings)
NEWMARKET
(Guineas Meeting)
 30th April
Lockinge Stakes G14 YO+NEWBURY
(Lockinge Meeting)
 14th May
St James’s Palace Stakes G13 YO
(Colts only)
ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
 14th June
Queen Anne Stakes G14 YO+ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
 14th June
Sussex Stakes G13 YO+GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
27th July
Joel StakesG23 YO+NEWMARKET
(Cambridgeshire Meeting)
24th September

 

MIDDLE DISTANCE

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse1Racecourse1Date
Coronation CupG14 YO+EPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
3rd June
Derby **G13 YO
(Excl. geldings)
EPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
4th June
Prince of Wales’s StakesG14 YO+ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
15th June
Eclipse StakesG13 YO+SANDOWN PARK
(Eclipse Meeting)
2nd July
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesG13 YO+ASCOT
(King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Meeting)
23rd July
International StakesG13 YO+YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
17th August

FILLIES & MARES

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse1Racecourse1Date
1000 Guineas Stakes **G13 YONEWMARKET
(Guineas Meeting)
1st May
Oaks **G13 YOEPSOM DOWNS
(Derby Meeting)
3rd June
Coronation StakesG13 YOASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
17th June
Falmouth StakesG13 YO+NEWMARKET
(July Meeting)
7th July
Nassau StakesG13 YO+GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
30th July
Yorkshire OaksG13 YO+YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
18th August

LONG DISTANCE

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse1Racecourse1Date
Yorkshire CupG24 YO+YORK
(Dante Meeting)
13th May
Gold CupG14 YO+ASCOT
(Royal Ascot)
16th June
Goodwood CupG23 YO+GOODWOOD
(Glorious Goodwood)
28th July
Lonsdale CupG23 YO+YORK
(Ebor Meeting)
20th August
Doncaster CupG23 YO+DONCASTER
(St Leger Meeting)
9th September
St Leger Stakes **G13 YODONCASTER
(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)1Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse
MIDDLE DISTANCEChampion Stakes ***G13 YO+
MILEQueen Elizabeth II Stakes ***G13 YO+
SPRINTBritish Champions Sprint Stakes (formerly Diadem Stakes) +G23 YO+
LONG DISTANCEBritish Champions Long Distance Cup (formerly Jockey Club Cup) +G33 YO+
FILLIES & MARESBritish Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (formerly Pride Stakes) +G23 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:

Race1Race
Status
1Age of horse
Dewhurst StakesG12 YO
Middle Park StakesG12 YO
Rockfel StakesG22 YO
Autumn StakesG32 YO
Challenge StakesG23 YO+
Darley StakesG33 YO+
Cesarewitch Heritage HandicapN/A3 YO+

GUIDE TO THE BRITISH CHAMPIONS’ SERIES 2011 – CLICK HERE

 

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