With exactly one month to go until QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October, fans will have to act fast if they want to secure tickets to Britain’s richest raceday.
King Edward VII Enclosure tickets have now completely sold out, leaving only the Queen Anne Enclosure and less than 100 tickets in the Winning Post Enclosure remaining, as the final chance for fans to secure tickets looms.
Promising the ultimate raceday, get set for a thrilling day to conclude the 2019 Flat season, where champions are made both on and off the track. With some amazing sporting action sure to bring in the crowds and with under 18’s racing free, it’s a day not to be missed.
In addition to four Group 1 races, a Group 2 and Europe’s richest handicap, be there to witness a new era dawning on the Champion Jockey title, with Oisin Murphy set to become the youngest Champion Jockey in 13 years since Ryan Moore took the title in 2006.
Expect fierce competition and dramatic finishes as the best horses descend on Ascot to compete for record-breaking prize money of more than £4 million, including dual million pound bonus winner Stradivarius, who will be ridden by the evergreen Frankie Dettori.
The superstar stayer recently overtook the legendary Frankel’s record of nine QIPCO British Champions Series wins, which could soon become 12 when he returns to defend his crown in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.
Another Gosden horse set to light up the turf in The QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes is Star Catcher, fresh from an impressive win in France, while Aidan O’Brien’s top filly and current Cartier Horse Of The Year Magical is favourite for The QIPCO Champion Stakes.
Martyn Mead’s sprinter Advertise will make a return to Ascot for The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes after winning the Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting in June, while QIPCO British Champions Day former winner Lord Glitters, trained by David O’Meara, is all set for The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Aerial Map video of QIPCO British Champions Day
Video courtesy of QIPCO British Champions Day
Basement Jaxx headlining the official after-party
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.
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 past headline acts such as Jax Jones, Ella Eyre, and George Ezra.
The legendary duo, responsible for hits like Good Luck and Red Alert, 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.
Before the after-party gets underway however, both the 2019 Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice titles will be crowned.
Oisin Murphy, 24, is set to become the youngest Champion Jockey since Ryan Moore in 2006. Now with an impressive 146 wins from 730 rides (at a strike rate of 20%), he lies 34 winners ahead of Danny Tudhope in second place.
Meanwhile, the battle for Champion Apprentice is much closer and still raging on with Cieren Fallon Jr, son of former Champion Jockey Kieren Fallon, only eight wins ahead of Sean Davis.
Race A Champion Grand Final
The Grand Final of Race A Champion, the popular racing challenge where members of the public are invited to take on one of the world’s horse best racehorses over a 10-metre sprint, will be staged on QIPCO British Champions Day.
The activation has been a staple of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series, touring to each racecourse with QIPCO British Champions Series races to give racegoers a go at the ultimate challenge plus the chance to win QIPCO merchandise and tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day.
The winners from each previous QIPCO British Champions Series raceday will take on the 10-metre challenge for the final time with the winner receiving two ‘season tickets’ to attend all QIPCO British Champions Series racedays in 2020 as well as a share in a racehorse for a year.
Movember Man Van
Movember, the official charity partner of QIPCO British Champions Series, will be bringing their ‘Man Van’ to Ascot Racecourse in their continuing quest to raise awareness about mental health, testicular cancer and various other health issues which affect men of all ages.
With a men’s barber on hand, racegoers can receive a free haircut as well as a shoe shine while also having the chance to discuss any health issues. Also on board with the charity is Lavazza who have rebranded their coffees across the racecourse to include a ‘Cappuci-Mo’ and ‘Mo-cha’ and collection tins will be situated throughout Ascot Racecourse should racegoers wish to donate to the charity on the day.
To get your tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October, including access to the after-party with Basement Jaxx, go to britishchampionsday.com
About QIPCO British Champions Series:
QIPCO British Champions Series showcases 35 of the UK’s finest Flat races, including six of the world’s top 12. The Series features at all of the UK’s most iconic Flat festivals, from the Derby and St Leger, to Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot, presenting unparalleled, quality racing across 10 of the country’s finest racecourses.
The Series exhibits world-class sporting action across five different categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.
Five top-class races mark the climax of the Series on the Ultimate Raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 19th October, where the world’s best compete at the nation’s richest raceday.
Put simply, QIPCO British Champions Series shines the spotlight on the best horses, the best jockeys and the best racecourses, so that millions worldwide can follow the finest Flat racing.
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