Ascot Champions Day 17 October 2020

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QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY FOREWORD FROM ROD STREET This year marks the tenth running of QIPCO British Champions Day, following the inaugural event which took place in 2011. The day could not have got off to a better start with the imperious Frankel wowing the 30,000 strong crowd on course and the millions more watching from home. Since then, it has established itself as one of the great days in the international racing calendar and it is hard to believe that prior to its inception, Britain lacked an end-ofseason Flat racing finale to rival that of other racing jurisdictions. Now, alongside Ascot Racecourse and with our sponsors QIPCO, we are proud to host an established, world-class event that has consistently attracted the world’s best horses and jockeys. Over the years at QIPCO British Champions Day and throughout the running of QIPCO British Champions Series, we have witnessed a decade of champions who have lit up the racetrack and etched their names in sporting history. In the early years, Cirrus des Aigles proved a popular crowd favourite and was followed by other superlative French victors including Charm Spirit, Solow and Almanzor. Whilst Frankel put up a world’s best performance on the day in 2012, earning him a rating of 140 which has never been bettered, his progeny Cracksman did something that he never achieved by becoming the first horse to win the same race twice at Champions Day when landing the QIPCO Champion Stakes in 2017 and 2018. Roaring Lion, Minding and Magical are some of the other superstar horses to have set our hearts racing. The Series itself this year has been just as compelling, with Battaash and Stradivarius both landing back-to-back victories in their respective race categories. The talented Ghaiyyath has emerged as the world’s top rated horse this year following stunning victories in three Series races including the Coral-Eclipse when he lowered the colours of Enable. She herself made history with a third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes in July and has now been retired to stud following a truly dazzling career.

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From a racing perspective, this year’s day looks set to maintain those lofty standards with racing superstars at every turn. However, unfortunately it will also be very different with the event taking place behind closed doors following restrictions imposed by Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, we are proud that the day remains the most valuable raceday in Britain again this year, with the QIPCO Champion Stakes the richest race run in 2020. As ever, we remain incredibly grateful to our sponsors QIPCO, who have been our partners from the start, for their continued support, particularly in these extraordinary times. We also extend our thanks to the owners and trainers who continue to support the day. 2020 has been a year that many of us would like to forget but we are looking forward to bringing you unforgettable sporting action to enjoy from the comfort of your home with ITV, Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing and we look forward to welcoming you back to QIPCO British Champions Day in 2021.

ROD STREET, CHIEF EXECUTIVE BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES


Outstanding First Northern Hemisphere Foals Colt out of Stakes placed 2YO sprinter White Bullet

Filly out of Gr.3 winner Lightening Quick

Colt out of Dream Of Joy

“I’m excited about Zoustar but I’m even more excited about him now that I’ve seen his foals. We foaled nine here and they are a cracking bunch. Scopey, muscled and with a good walk they should go down very well at the sales.” The Hon. Peter Stanley, New England Stud

“Our Zoustar fillies are absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t be happier. They have everything you want; tremendous presence, correct, incredibly well-balanced with a lovely way of moving and a strong backend and hindleg.” Sara Cumani, Fittocks Stud

Contact Hannah Wall or Alice Thurtle at Tweenhills E: hannahwall@tweenhills.com E: alice@tweenhills.com T: +44 (0) 1452 700177


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HH Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani (left) accepting a trophy with his brothers (left to right), Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Suhaim and Sheikh Fahad.

Welcome from HH Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chief Executive, QIPCO Holding

HH Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani and Her Majesty The Queen.

Welcome from HH Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Thani, My brothers and I have been Al fortunate On behalf of my brothers and fellow enough to experience the highs that Directors of QIPCO, I welcome you all to Chief Executive Officer, QIPCO accompany Holdingthe thrill of a winner on QIPCO Ascot for the 2016 running of QIPCO British

OnChampions behalf of my brothers Day. and fellow directors of QIPCO, I welcome you to the tenth running of QIPCO British Champions Day. As marks title sponsors weofare at how Today the culmination whatdelighted has been a different but hugely exhilarating QIPCO British Champions Series. It is therefore QIPCO British Champions Day has evolved fitting to honour a decade of fantastic racing on Britain’s richest and grown and once again there are several raceday. reasons to look forward to this year’s My brothers and I share a passion for horseracing and British racing theissixth itsracing launch in 2011. in running, particular, which why wesince base our and breeding operations here under the banner of Qatar Racing. It is also why we have First and foremost, there the committed to investing in British racingisand willquality continue and to sponsor of the racing. This year partner thecompetitiveness British Champions Series - as well as being an official ofthere Royal Ascot - until at least 2024. We feelof incredibly were a record number horsesproud of the series and QIPCO British Champions Day closed itself. entered (256) when entries in August, One of the mostthe memorable and of scintillating performances including winners 79 Group 1 races from the past decade is Frankel’s victory in 2011’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas. and 15 European Classics. Today’s runners Frankel ended his legendary career after winning 2012’s QIPCO will beStakes, competing for prize money totaling Champion his 14th straight victory. Arguably, the most impressive of the raceraceday in recent times was the son of Frankel, £4.2m,winner the richest in Britain, and the Cracksman, who be wonplayed the same out race back-to-back QIPCOisBritish action will in front ofon what Champions Day in 2017 and 2018. Last year’s winner, Magical, expected to be a Aidan record crowd after two trained by the formidable O’Brien, has gone on to win of a the enclosures sold out weeks in advance. further three Group 1 races. The Elizabeth II QIPCO Stakes is of great significance my family; AsQueen a business, has invested intoBritish having long been recognised as Europe’s mile championship won Champions Series and British Champions by Frankel in 2011 and then our very own Charm Spirit in 2014. Day to the renewal sport and promote Roaring Lionpromote landed the 2018 and a to fourth successive Group race in the process, which capped the most the1company and although both ourremarkable racing season saw Roaring operations Lion crowned Cartier Horse of the Year and and bloodstock are subsidiaries before his life was tragically cut short after just one season at stud. of QIPCO, it is as a family that we share in We enjoyed much success with Classic winning Simple Verse who the thrill of ownership. was victorious in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes in 2015 having won the St Leger the previous month.

Simple Verse is now enjoying life –asfirstly, a broodmare at Tweenhills British Champions Day in conjunction where she most recently produced a striking filly by Roaring Lion. with our father when Charm Spirit won the We have seen Stradivarius surpass Frankel to win a record thirteen Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2014 and then QIPCO British Champion Series races, witnessed the magnificent last year when Simple won the three Fillies’ Enable win her eleventh Group 1Verse including a historic wins in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, seen and Mares’. international success from the likes of Australian Champion, Simple Verse returns toLady Ascot this Black Caviar, American sprinter, Aurelia, andyear Deirdre who flew flagare for Japan whenat winning the Qatar Nassau andthewe excited the prospect of Stakes. Aher personal highlight Qatar Racing’s jockey, Oisin seeing her was runseeing again. Meanwhile, Murphy, for the first timealast year. Charmcrowned SpiritChampion returnsJockey to Britain, after It was very special to watch Oisin and the late Roaring Lion win season in France, to stand at stud in 2017 the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, however Oisin’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas alongside otherwas Qatar Bloodstock win on Kamekoour this season breathtaking; Kameko broke the track record at andTweenhills provided Oisinin with his first British Classic victory stallions Gloucestershire. in Itthe is aprocess. dream and ambition of ours to breed Itstock was always our calibre aspirationgood that today would beto a special day. of the enough win on The objective was to create a modern finale for the Flat season QIPCO British Champions Day. in Europe but also one which celebrated the remarkable heritage British horseracing is blessed with. Nothing exemplifies this better A day of spectacular, high racing lies than the special relationship the sportquality enjoys with the British ahead and wespans wishfive allcenturies the participants Royal Family, which and is thanks and to the wonderful patronage of Herof Majesty Queen. your racegoers the best luck,The without support British Champions Daycompeting could QIPCO BritishQIPCO Champions Day sees the best racehorses on a global with four Group 1 races and a Group 2, the quality not havestage; progressed in the manner it has. of action on the track is unrivalled. The fact we have so many of the series’ superstars on show is testament to its growth. I wish all connections theSHEIKH best of luck. A dayBIN of spectacular, HIS HIGHNESS HAMAD ABDULLAHhigh-quality AL THANI racing CHIEFawaits. EXECUTIVE OFFICER, QIPCO HOLDING LTD HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH HAMAD BIN ABDULLAH AL THANI CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, QIPCO HOLDING





PAT SMULLEN TRIBUTE Racing’s community came together in shared sadness last month at the death of Pat Smullen, aged just 43. An outstanding jockey and an upstanding gentleman, he rode 1,892 winners in Britain and Ireland, including 11 Classics and a host of other worldwide Group One prizes. From the sadness of his passing, a tapestry of moving tributes emerged, telling of his qualities both in and out of the saddle. One of Smullen’s most successful contemporaries, Kieren Fallon, referred to one of Smullen’s most celebrated successes on the track, at Epsom in 2016. “I just want to remember him winning the Derby on Harzand,” he said. “Everyone was saying ‘He is a lovely guy’, but they were looking for something different – I said to one of the press boys ‘He loves his tractors, so write about that!’. “I remember going into the weighing room the next day, we were together and he had that cheeky smile on his face shaking his head at me – I can still see him now shaking his head and smiling at me!” Ireland’s nine-time Champion Jockey between 2000 and 2016, Smullen forged an enduring partnership with Dermot Weld, having taken over the role as stable jockey from Mick Kinane in 1999. Smullen was crowned Ireland’s champion for the first time the following year. Big-race victories in Ireland and around the world came regularly throughout his career, including four times on QIPCO British Champions Day itself. Forgotten Rules, successful in the 2014 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, was luckless in his bid to win the race again the following year, finding his path blocked more than once. But rather than dwell upon that misfortune, Smullen came back out of the weighing room and gave Fascinating Rock a confident ride to take the QIPCO Champion Stakes, holding his line as the field fanned across the straight and getting first run on Found. However, it was the victory of Rite Of Passage in the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup that perhaps saw Smullen at his assured best. Absent from the racecourse for 510 days with a tendon injury, the 2010 Gold Cup winner was returning to action in soft ground and with questions to answer over both his physical and mental sharpness. But after a slow start, having given some trouble at the starting stalls, Smullen hacked Rite Of Passage around at the back, humouring him on his return. Encouragement turned to coercion as he guided him through the field as others gave way, sticking fast to the far rail. Switched off the rail for a final thrust, the pair flew past Aiken to win by a neck. 7

Typically deflecting praise for his ride, Smullen hailed “a remarkable performance from horse and trainer”, before going on to illustrate the detail of race-riding and horsemanship that his career was built upon. “The plan was to hunt away, get him into a rhythm and let him warm into the race,” he went on. “As soon as we came out of Swinley Bottom and met the rising ground, he was on the bridle again for me, so I was confident that he was running a huge race. “The gap came up the inside in the straight. You have to give a horse like him every chance so I went the shortest way but when you do that you’re playing with fire and I was lucky.” Although one of his most fondly remembered rides, it was not one typical of Smullen’s measured approach. Never one for letting his emotions get the better of him, he preferred to rely on a consistent outlook towards race-riding, using his sense of pace, his racing brain and his excellent hands to position his mount optimally, rather than risk unnecessary hard-luck stories. Smullen’s career was brought to a premature end by a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, but rather than dwell or despair, he began a new race, battling his illness while at the same time working relentlessly to raise both awareness and much-needed funds to help others fighting the same disease. He threw himself into the organisation of the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland, staged at the Curragh on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend, an event that ultimately raised €2.5million. On a day of intense competition and enjoyable celebration, we will remember Pat Smullen and think of his family and friends at a meeting that was created to celebrate all that is best about our sport – for that, in all respects, is exactly what he was.


WINNING RECORDS OF JOCKEYS ON QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY NO. OF WINS

DATE

RACE

WINNER

TRAINER

Andrea Atzeni (2)

17/10/15

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Simple Verse

Ralph Beckett

15/10/16 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Yuften

Roger Charlton

George Baker (1)

19/10/13

Seal Of Approval

James Fanshawe

Jim Crowley (1)

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Madame Chiang

David Simcock

Matthew Davies (1)

15/10/11

Future Stars Handicap

Edinburgh Knight

Paul D’Arcy

Silvestre de Sousa (2)

19/10/13

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Farhh

Saeed bin Suroor

19/10/19

QIPCO British Champion Sprint Stakes

Donjuan Triumphant

Andrew Balding

17/10/15

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Flying Officer

John Gosden

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Journey

John Gosden

21/10/17

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Persuasive

John Gosden

21/10/17

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Frankie Dettori (7)

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Cracksman

John Gosden

Stradivarius

John Gosden

20/10/18 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Cracksman

John Gosden

19/10/19

Star Catcher

John Gosden

20/10/18 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

George Downing (1)

20/10/12 Future Stars Handicap

Jack Dexter

Jim Goldie

James Doyle (2)

18/10/14 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Noble Mission

Lady Cecil

20/10/18 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Sharja Bridge

Roger Varian

Edward Greatrex (1)

17/10/15

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Musaddas

Saeed bin Suroor

Maxime Guyon (1)

17/10/15

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Solow

Freddy Head

Paul Hanagan (2)

17/10/15

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Muhaarar

Charlie Hills

20/10/18 QICPO British Champion Sprint Stakes

Sands Of Mali

Richard Fahey

Martin Harley (1)

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Sheikhzayedroad

David Simcock

Richard Hughes (1)

19/10/13

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Olympic Glory

Richard Hannon

Adam Kirby (1)

19/10/19

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Escobar

David O’Meara

Sean Levey (1)

19/10/19

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

King of Change

Richard Hannon

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NO. OF WINS

DATE

RACE

WINNER

TRAINER

Wayne Lordan (2)

19/10/13

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Slade Power

Edward Lynam

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Gordon Lord Byron

Tom Hogan

15/10/16 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Minding

Aidan O’Brien

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Order of St George

Aidan O’Brien

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Hydrangea

Aidan O’Brien

20/10/18 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Magical

Aidan O’Brien

Oisin Murphy (1)

20/10/18 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Roaring Lion

John Gosden

Johnny Murtagh (3)

15/10/11

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Deacon Blues

James Fanshawe

15/10/11

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Dancing Rain

William Haggas

19/10/13

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Royal Diamond

Johnny Murtagh

19/10/19

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Kew Gardens

Aidan O’Brien

19/10/19

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Ryan Moore (4)

Donnacha O’Brien (2)

Magical

Aidan O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien (1)

20/10/12 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Excelebration

Aidan O’Brien

Olivier Peslier (1)

18/10/14 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Charm Spirit

Freddy Head

Tom Queally (3)

15/10/11

Frankel

Sir Henry Cecil

20/10/12 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Frankel

Sir Henry Cecil

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

The Tin Man

James Fanshawe

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Rite Of Passage

Dermot Weld

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Sapphire

Dermot Weld

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Forgotten Rules

Dermot Weld

17/10/15

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Fascinating Rock

Dermot Weld

15/10/11

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Cirrus Des Aigles

Mme C Barande-Barbe

15/10/16 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Almanzor

Jean-Claude Rouget

15/10/11

Fame And Glory

Aidan O’Brien

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Maarek

David Nagle

Louis Steward (1)

18/10/14 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Bronze Angel

Marcus Tregoning

Daniel Tudhope (1)

21/10/17

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Lord Glitters

David O’Meara

Lewis Walsh (1)

19/10/13

Future Stars Handicap

Breton Rock

David Simcock

Robert Winston (1)

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Librisa Breeze

Dean Ivory

Pat Smullen (4)

Christophe Soumillon (2) Jamie Spencer (2)

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

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COURSE MAP

THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP

DISTANCE: ABOUT 2 MILES

THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES

THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO)

DISTANCE: 1 MILE

THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES

DISTANCE: 6 FURLONGS

DISTANCE: 1 MILE ABOUT 2 FURLONGS

THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES DISTANCE: 1 MILE ABOUT 4 FURLONGS

British Champions Series

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THEBALMORALHANDICAPSTAKES(SPONSOREDBYQIPCO)

DISTANCE: 1 MILE


HOW TO READ THE RACING PAGES UNDERSTANDING THE RUNNERS AND RIDERS 1. Owner’s Silks (illustration)

5. Sire (Father)

2. Colour of Horse

6. Horse’s name

14. Trainer and location of training establishment

17. Age of Horse 18. Owner’s Colours (description)

B = Bay

7. Dam (Mother)

15. Breeder

19. Weight Stones/lbs

Br = Brown

8. Birthplace of horse

16. Previous Performances

20. Draw

C = Course Winner

(if not Great Britain)

Ch = Chestnut

9. Number of days

Gr = Grey

since last ran

Ro = Roan 3. Horse’s Number on saddlecloth 4. Sex of Horse c = colt h = horse

21. Jockey’s Name & Photo.

D = Distance Winner

If there is a number next

CD = Course &

to the name, this indicates

10. Damsire (Grandfather)

Distance Winner

that the jockey can claim

11. Form Guide

BF = Beaten Favourite

that amount in weight (lbs)

12. Owner(s)

d = disqualified

off the stated riding weight.

13. Racing Post star rating

Bold form figures

g = gelding

indicate All-Weather form

f = filly m = mare

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FRANKEL (89)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Kind (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Mr K. Abdullah Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil, Newmarket Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd.

Draw

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Tom Queally

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 3 Colours: GREEN, PINK sash and cap, WHITE sleeves. Form: 11-1111 CD

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW The best horse for many a year and unbeaten in 13 starts, recording his ninth Group 1 success with another wide-margin success upped in trip in the Judmonte International at York last time; beat Nathaniel on his 2yo debut on soft but that just useful form and, raced only on quicker ground since, has to prove he is as good in testing conditions. Official BHA Rating 140

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Official BHA Rating: The BHA Handicappers allot ratings to horses once they have taken part in a sufficient number of races to enable the Handicappers to make a numerical assessment of each horse’s ability. The principal purpose of the ratings is to determine the weight to be carried by each runner in handicap races, with the Handicappers aiming to provide each participant with an equal chance based on its best recent form under its optimum conditions. A horse rated 100, for example, would be set to carry 1lb more than a horse rated 99 (ignoring any penalties or allowances).

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The ratings published in the racecard for handicap races are the ratings that were used to calculate the weight to be carried by each horse, whilst in non-handicap races the rating shown is that of each runner at the time that the entries for the race were confirmed. Any subsequently published change to a rating, either up or down, is shown in brackets following the rating.

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The fastest 2000 Guineas winner in history Gr.1 winning 2yo Record-breaking classic miler By sire of sires Kitten’s Joy From a top-class family, out of a multiple Stakes winning miler

Contact Hannah Wall or Alice Thurtle at Tweenhills E: hannahwall@tweenhills.com E: alice@tweenhills.com T: +44 (0) 1452 700177


Outstanding First Northern Hemisphere Foals Colt out of Gr.3 winning 2YO sprinter La Rioja

Colt out of dual Gr.1 winner La Collina

Filly out of Sudu Queen

“We have four Zoustar foals on the farm. They all have great presence, good movers and are good-looking foals. I think these Zoustar’s are what every breeder hopes for and when they see them they’re going to sell very well.” David Cox, Baroda Stud

“Our Zoustar colt has inherited his sire’s imposing physicality. Loads of bone and muscle with a great outlook. At 71kg birth weight this precocious fellow is exactly what we were hoping from the mating.” Dr Pat Sells, Chasemore Farm

Contact Hannah Wall or Alice Thurtle at Tweenhills E: hannahwall@tweenhills.com E: alice@tweenhills.com T: +44 (0) 1452 700177




WINNING RECORDS OF TRAINERS ON QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY NO. OF WINS

DATE

RACE

WINNER

JOCKEY

Andrew Balding (1)

19/10/19

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Donjuan Triumphant

Silvestre de Sousa

Mme C Barande-Barbe (1)

15/10/11

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Cirrus Des Aigles

Christophe Soumillon

Ralph Beckett (1)

17/10/15

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Simple Verse

Andrea Atzeni

Sir Henry Cecil (2)

15/10/11

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Frankel

Tom Queally

20/10/12 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Frankel

Tom Queally

Lady Cecil (1)

18/10/14 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Noble Mission

James Doyle

Roger Charlton (1)

15/10/16 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Yuften

Andrea Atzeni

Paul D’Arcy (1)

15/10/11

Edinburgh Knight

Matthew Davies

Richard Fahey (1)

20/10/18 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Sands Of Mali

Paul Hanagan

James Fanshawe (3)

15/10/11

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Deacon Blues

Johnny Murtagh

19/10/13

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Seal Of Approval

George Baker

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

The Tin Man

Tom Queally

Jim Goldie (1)

20/10/12 Future Stars Handicap

Jack Dexter

George Downing

John Gosden (8)

17/10/15

Flying Officer

Frankie Dettori

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Journey

Frankie Dettori

21/10/17

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Persuasive

Frankie Dettori

21/10/17

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Future Stars Handicap

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Cracksman

Frankie Dettori

20/10/18 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Stradivarius

Frankie Dettori

20/10/18 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Roaring Lion

Oisin Murphy

20/10/18 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Cracksman

Frankie Dettori

19/10/19

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Star Catcher

Frankie Dettori

William Haggas (1)

15/10/11

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Dancing Rain

Johnny Murtagh

Richard Hannon (2)

19/10/13

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Olympic Glory

Richard Hughes

19/10/19

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

King of Change

Sean Levey

18/10/14 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Charm Spirit

Olivier Peslier

17/10/15

Solow

Maxime Guyon

Freddy Head (2)

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) 16


NO. OF WINS

DATE

RACE

WINNER

JOCKEY

Charlie Hills (1)

17/10/15

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Muhaarar

Paul Hanagan

Tom Hogan (1)

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Gordon Lord Byron

Wayne Lordan

Dean Ivory (1)

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Librisa Breeze

Robert Winston

Edward Lynam (1)

19/10/13

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Slade Power

Wayne Lordan

Johnny Murtagh (1)

19/10/13

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Royal Diamond

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O’Brien (8)

15/10/11

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Fame And Glory

Jamie Spencer

20/10/12 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Excelebration

Joseph O’Brien

15/10/16 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Minding

Ryan Moore

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Order Of St George

Ryan Moore

21/10/17

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Hydrangea

Ryan Moore

20/10/18 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Magical

Ryan Moore

19/10/19

QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Kew Gardens

Donnacha O’Brien

19/10/19

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Magical

Donnacha O’Brien

21/10/17

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Lord Glitters

Daniel Tudhope

19/10/19

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Escobar

Adam Kirby

Maarek

Jamie Spencer

David O’Meara (2)

David Nagle (1)

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes

Jean-Claude Rouget (1)

15/10/16 QIPCO Champion Stakes

Almanzor

Christophe Soumillon

David Simcock (3)

19/10/13

Breton Rock

Lewis Walsh

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Madame Chiang

Jim Crowley

15/10/16 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Sheikhzayedroad

Martin Harley

19/10/13

QIPCO Champion Stakes

Farhh

Silvestre De Sousa

17/10/15

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Musaddas

Edward Greatrex

Saeed bin Suroor (2)

Future Stars Handicap

Marcus Tregoning (1)

18/10/14 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Bronze Angel

Louis Steward

Roger Varian (1)

20/10/18 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)

Sharja Bridge

James Doyle

Dermot Weld (4)

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Rite Of Passage

Pat Smullen

20/10/12 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Sapphire

Pat Smullen

18/10/14 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

Forgotten Rules

Pat Smullen

17/10/15

Fascinating Rock

Pat Smullen

QIPCO Champion Stakes 17


TODAY’S RUNNERS AT A GLANCE Race 1 1.20 1m 7f 209y THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (CLASS 1) (Group 2) (British Champions Series) 1 Broome (IRE) Colin Keane 2 Fujaira Prince (IRE) Andrea Atzeni 3 Mildenberger (GB) Franny Norton 4 Morando (FR) Silvestre De Sousa 5 Sovereign (IRE) Ryan Moore 6 Spanish Mission (USA) William Buick 7 Stradivarius (IRE) Frankie Dettori 8 Trueshan (FR) Hollie Doyle 9 Dubious Affair (IRE) James Doyle 10 Monica Sheriff (GB) Tom Marquand 11 Search For A Song (IRE) Oisin Murphy 12 Dawn Patrol (IRE) Pierre-Charles Boudot 13 Max Vega (IRE) Harry Bentley

Race 4 3.05 1m THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (Sponsored by QIPCO) (British Champions Mile) 1 Century Dream (IRE) James Doyle 2 Circus Maximus (IRE) Ryan Moore 3 Dark Vision (IRE) William Buick 4 Escobar (IRE) Adam Kirby 5 Lancaster House (IRE) Sean Levey 6 Lord Glitters (FR) Daniel Tudhope 7 Roseman (IRE) Andrea Atzeni 8 Sir Busker (IRE) Oisin Murphy 9 The Revenant (GB) Pierre-Charles Boudot 10 Molatham (GB) Dane O’Neill 11 Nazeef (GB) Jim Crowley 12 Palace Pier (GB) Frankie Dettori 13 Royal Dornoch (IRE) Colin Keane Tom Marquand Race 2 1.55 6f 14 Veracious (GB) THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES Race 5 3.40 1m 1f 212y (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (CLASS 1) 1 Brando (GB) Tom Eaves (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) 2 Cape Byron (GB) Andrea Atzeni 1 Addeybb (IRE) Tom Marquand 3 Chiefofchiefs (GB) William Buick 2 Desert Encounter (IRE) Jim Crowley 4 Dream of Dreams (IRE) Oisin Murphy 3 Extra Elusive (GB) Hollie Doyle 5 Glen Shiel (GB) Hollie Doyle 4 Japan (GB) Colin Keane 6 Happy Power (IRE) James Doyle 5 Lord North (IRE) James Doyle 7 Oxted (GB) Cieren Fallon 6 San Donato (IRE) Andrea Atzeni 8 Speak In Colours (GB) Jim Crowley 7 Skalleti (FR) Pierre-Charles Boudot 9 The Tin Man (GB) Adam Kirby 8 Magical (IRE) Ryan Moore 10 Art Power (IRE) Silvestre De Sousa 9 Mishriff (IRE) Frankie Dettori 11 Dubai Station (GB) Daniel Tudhope 10 Pyledriver (GB) Martin Dwyer 12 Lope Y Fernandez (IRE) Ryan Moore 11 Serpentine (IRE) William Buick 13 Starman (GB) Tom Marquand Race 6 4.15 1m 14 One Master (GB) Pierre-Charles Boudot THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) 15 Sonaiyla (IRE) W. J. Lee (Sponsored by QIPCO) 16 Jouska (GB) Rob Hornby 1 Raising Sand (GB) Saffie Osborne (7) 17 Onassis (IRE) Hayley Turner 2 Prince Eiji (GB) Andrea Atzeni

Race 3 2.30 1m 3f 211y THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1 Antonia de Vega (IRE) Harry Bentley 2 Dame Malliot (GB) Hollie Doyle 3 Manuela de Vega (IRE) Rob Hornby 4 Mehdaayih (GB) Frankie Dettori 5 Cabaletta (GB) David Egan 6 Even So (IRE) Colin Keane 7 Frankly Darling (GB) Robert Havlin 8 Gold Wand (IRE) Andrea Atzeni 9 Laburnum (IRE) James Doyle 10 Passion (IRE) Ryan Moore 11 Thundering Nights (IRE) Tom Marquand 12 Wonderful Tonight (FR) William Buick

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

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Kynren (IRE) Graignes (FR) Keats (IRE) Orbaan (GB) Bell Rock (GB) Solid Stone (IRE) Njord (IRE) Symbolize (IRE) Greenside (GB) Raakib Alhawa (IRE) King Ottokar (FR) Ropey Guest (GB) Blue Mist (GB) Raaeq (IRE) Tempus (GB) River Nymph (GB) Hortzadar (GB) Alternative Fact (GB)

Ben Curtis Nicola Currie Ryan Moore Daniel Tudhope Oisin Murphy Hollie Doyle Tom Marquand David Probert Marco Ghiani (5) Stevie Donohoe James Doyle Tom Queally William Buick Jim Crowley Jason Watson Adam Kirby Jamie Spencer Frankie Dettori




WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE PARADE RING

Coat looks sleek and shiny Horse looks relaxed

Muscle definition on the shoulders and hindquarters

Horses will usually arrive in the Parade Ring around 15 to 20 minutes before the start time of the race. They will parade until roughly five minutes before the start of the race, at which point the bell will ring and the jockeys will mount. What to look out for? There is no exact science but here are some of the things to look out for if you’re trying to select a horse.

What does its coat look like? Look for a sleek, shiny coat which is a sign of good health.

Does your horse look fit? Clear muscle definition on its shoulders and over its hindquarters all suggest a horse that is fit and healthy. It should not carry too much ‘condition’ or extra weight and its walk should be athletic.

Is your horse relaxed? The big occasion can get to some horses. If it is sweating before it has left the Parade Ring or jig-jogging around, it might be expending too much energy before it has even run in the race.

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THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP

HISTORY OF THE RACE

Established in 1873 as the Jockey Club Cup, this race was run at Newmarket until 2011, when it was moved to Ascot and renamed the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.

The variety of contests in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance category vary in distance from the one mile and six furlongs (2,800m) of Doncaster's Pertemps St Leger to the two and a half miles (4,000m) of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. The intermediate two-mile distance of the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup therefore provides the perfect distance for the category finale. There have been some thrilling finishes in recent years – in 2016 Sheikhzayedroad came out the victor in a four-way photo finish, beating subsequent 2017 winner Order Of St George, who ground out his win in his customary battling style. In 2018, the staying king and QIPCO British Champions Series stalwart, Stradivarius rounded off a memorable campaign to win this race. In 2019 he was, however, overturned by Kew Gardens for Aidan O'Brien by the smallest of margins in a thrilling battle all the way to the line.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

PRIZE MONEY

About 2 Miles

2019: Kew Gardens

Overall: £300,000

2018: Stradivarius 2017: Order of St George

1st: £170,130

2016: Sheikhzayedroad

2nd: £64,500

2015: Flying Officer

3rd: £32,280

2014: Forgotten Rules 2013: Royal Diamond

4th: £16,080

2012: Rite of Passage

5th: £8,070

2011: Fame And Glory

6th: £4,050


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

STRADIVARIUS

Sex: Horse Colour: Chestnut Age: 6 Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Mr B. E. Nielsen Sire-Dam: Sea The Stars (IRE) - Private Life (FR) Breeder: Bjorn Nielsen

Info: The supreme stayer has looked better than ever this term, securing a third triumph in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (by ten lengths with Frankie Dettori motionless) before gaining a record fourth triumph in the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup. However, recent races have seen him compete against Europe's best over middledistance trips, most recently in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Back up in trip today, he is seeking his 14th QIPCO British Champions Series win.

SPANISH MISSION

Sex: Colt Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Team Valor Llc & Gary Barber Sire-Dam: Noble Mission – Limonar (IRE) Breeder: St Elias Stables LLC Info: Staying races have been difficult to secure over recent years with Stradivarius’ dominance, however when an opportunity arises you have to take it – that’s exactly what Spanish Mission did. Since changing trainer midway through the season, Spanish Mission has looked highly progressive with a win in the Chester Stakes first time out for Andrew Balding. Just 22 days later he secured the bet365 Doncaster Cup, and a first Series win. The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup looks to be a competitive affair, and Spanish Mission is certainly not one to discount.

SEARCH FOR A SONG

Sex: Filly Colour: Chestnut Age: 4 Trainer: Dermot Weld Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm Sire-Dam: Galileo (IRE) – Polished Gem (IRE) Breeder: Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd

Info: Dermot Weld has said that Search For A Song isn’t the easiest to train but there is no doubting her ability as last month she became the first back-to-back winner of the Comer Group International Irish St Leger since Vinnie Roe in the early-2000s. Those Group 1 Classic triumphs over 1m6f at The Curragh have hinted that two miles may well be within her compass. Weld knows better than most what is required to win the race, having landed it with Rite Of Passage (2012) and Forgotten Rules (2014).

DERMOT WELD (TRAINER) ON SEARCH FOR A SONG

She’s never raced over further than a mile and six, but she wasn’t stopping at the end of the St Leger and that’s what is giving me the encouragement to have a crack.


THE LONG DISTANCE SERIES 1.20: THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS

LONG DISTANCE CUP L

(CLASS 1) (GROUP G 2) (ABT 2M) £300,000 PRIZE MONEY

CATEGORY LEADERS 1 2 3 4 =

Stradivarius (IRE) Galileo Chrome (IRE) Berkshire Rocco (FR) Santiago (IRE) Pyledriver

Rating 125 Rating 117

Rating 116

Rating 115 Rating 115

The category rankings use the official performance ratings awarded by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers to the first three horses to finish in each QIPCO British Champions Series race.

THE GOLD CUP

ROYAL ASCOT, 18TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (2M 4F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: STRADIVARIUS (IRE) 4/5F 2nd: Nayef Road (IRE) 11/1 3rd: Cross Counter 7/1 A majestic performance by superstar stayer Stradivarius as he surged ten lengths clear of Nayef Road on the rain-softened ground to scoop a historic third Gold Cup. Only Sagaro and Yeats had previously achieved the feat. Stradivarius cruised to the front before quickening clear and winning with ease. The race was so comfortable the charismatic Dettori could be seen punching the air half a furlong out as the blistering turn of foot put the race to bed in a matter of seconds.


THE AL SHAQAB GOODWOOD CUP GOODWOOD, 28TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (2M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: STRADIVARIUS (IRE) 4/7F 2nd: Nayef Road (IRE) 20/1 3rd: Santiago (IRE) 15/8 Just three days after Enable made history, her stablemate Stradivarius did the same by becoming the first four-time winner of the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup, a race first run in 1812. The record looked in peril when he found himself boxed in towards the finish but once in the clear he showed his usual acceleration to lead close home. Nayef Road again chased him home with Santiago, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner, having to settle for third.

THE WEATHERBYS HAMILTON LONSDALE CUP YORK, 21ST AUGUST

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 2) (2M 1/2F) £100,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: ENBIHAAR (IRE) 15/8F 2nd: Stratum 20/1 3rd: Nayef Road (IRE) 7/2 With Stradivarius being given a breather, the door was open for another stayer to take centre stage. Step forward his likeable stablemate, Enbihaar, who stuck on gamely to beat Stratum by three-quarters of a length with the reliable Nayef Road the same distance away in third. Enbihaar was having her first race over two miles however she appeared to relish the new trip before injury led to her premature retirement.

THE bet365 DONCASTER CUP DONCASTER, 11TH SEPTEMBER

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 2) (2M 2F) £80,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: SPANISH MISSION (USA) 6/4F 2nd: Selino 12/1 3rd: The Grand Visir 10/1 Spanish Mission was sent off a well-backed favourite after a decisive success at Chester on his previous start and his supporters had little to worry about. The four-year-old travelled strongly throughout and it was merely a case of how far he would win by when held onto a furlong out. He crossed the line with three lengths to spare over Selino, who had also chased him home at Chester, with The Grand Visir, who set the pace, another four lengths back in third. Revolver, seeking a seventh successive win, was fourth.

THE PERTEMPS ST LEGER DONCASTER, 12TH SEPTEMBER

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 6F) £350,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: GALILEO CHROME (IRE) 4/1 2nd: Berkshire Rocco (FR) 16/1 3rd: Pyledriver 9/2 A fabulous renewal of the oldest Classic with Galileo Chrome edging out Berkshire Rocco by a neck after a great tussle in the final furlong. Pyledriver and Santiago were both a length further back in third and fourth. Tom Marquand, 22, the winning jockey, had been handed the ride just 24 hours earlier after intended rider Shane Crosse had been ruled out. He duly obliged by winning his first Classic. Joseph O’Brien was emulating Harry Wragg, the last person to have ridden and trained a St Leger winner. He completed the double in 1969.


FIRST RACE 1.20PM THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (CLASS 1) (GROUP 2) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES)

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Inside

ABOUT TWO MILES (15F 209YDS) (3,100 metres) For three yrs old and upwards. Total race value £300000 Owners Prize Money. Winner £133680; Second £54870; Third £27450; Fourth £13710; Fifth £6870; Sixth £3420. (Penalty Value £170130) A SS

No

Horse

1

BROOME (IRE) (134)

B c Australia - Sweepstake (IRE) (Acclamation) Owner: M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Matsushima Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd

Draw

Jockey

Draw

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

Colin Keane

10

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 7 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap. Form: 2/1146-4 HHH Close fourth in the 2019 Derby; absent since filling the same position, albeit comfortably held, in this year’s Coronation Cup; acts on soft; quite interesting on first crack at a staying distance, as he shapes as if further than 1m4f will suit. Official BHA Rating 117

FUJAIRA PRINCE (IRE) (34)

Draw

2

Gr or Ro g Pivotal - Zam Zoom (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

13

Andrea Atzeni

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 7 Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap. Form: 123-112 C HHHH Progressive and still has low mileage; returned from 12-month absence to win 1m6f handicap at Royal Ascot (good) in great style then followed up in the Ebor at York (soft); creditable 2l second to Search For A Song in the Irish St Leger last time; likely to stay 2m; enters calculations. Official BHA Rating 114

MILDENBERGER (GB) (23)

B h Teofilo (IRE) - Belle Josephine (Dubawi (IRE)) Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Breeder: Godolphin Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd

Draw

3

8

Franny Norton

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 7 Colours: SILVER, tassel on cap. Form: 3-31124 D BF

HH Solid spell on AW culminated in a good effort in Newcastle Group 3 in June; effective on turf in the past but proved disappointing back in this sphere last time, which is far from ideal going into this hotter race. Official BHA Rating 108

MORANDO (FR) (35)

Draw

4

Gr g Kendargent (FR) - Moranda (FR) (Indian Rocket) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding SPRL Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd

7

Silvestre De Sousa

Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 7 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Form: 021-042 C HH Triple Group 3 winner over 1m4f/1m5f on slow ground; hasn’t quite shown his peak form in 2020 and though he looks ready for a go at this new trip, he may find it tough in this contest. Official BHA Rating 110

SOVEREIGN (IRE) (34)

Draw

5

Ch c Galileo (IRE) - Devoted To You (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Colours: DARK BLUE. Breeder: Barronstown Stud Form: 301-326 BF

4

7

HHH Best efforts on a sound surface; no match for Enable in the King George, though ran to a level which suggests he wasn’t flattered by last year’s Irish Derby success (under a good front-running ride) after all; has a chance on those Group 1 performances but he ran below-par when favourite for the Irish St Leger last time. Official BHA Rating 117

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Ryan Moore


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP SPANISH MISSION (USA) (36)

Draw

6

B c Noble Mission - Limonar (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE)) Owner: Team Valor LLC & Gary Barber Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: St. Elias Stables LLC Sponsor: Tote

12

William Buick

Weight: 9 7 Horse Age: 4 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, MAROON chevron, MAROON cap. Form: 1-62611 HHH Unraced on soft/heavy; almost 7l behind Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup on final start for David Simcock but may do better this time, as he’s 2-2 for new stable, comfortably winning the Doncaster Cup on latest occasion; open to further progress over staying trips. Official BHA Rating 110

STRADIVARIUS (IRE) (13)

Draw

7

Ch h Sea The Stars (IRE) - Private Life (FR) (Bering) Owner: Mr B. E. Nielsen Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Bjorn Nielsen

Weight: 9 Horse Age: 6 Colours: BLACK, YELLOW cap. Form: 2-31120 CD

1

Frankie Dettori

7

HHHH Top stayer who returns to his usual discipline after two defeats over 1m4f in France, latest in the Arc where a steady pace was against him; earlier in the campaign he bagged a third Ascot Gold Cup (impressively on soft) and fourth Goodwood Cup; has form figures of 312 in this contest, going down by a whisker in 2019; hard to beat provided he’s at the top of his game. Official BHA Rating 125

TRUESHAN (FR) (36)

Draw

8

B g Planteur (IRE) - Shao Line (FR) (General Holme (USA)) Owner: Barbury Lions 5 Trainer: Alan King, Barbury Castle Breeder: Mr Didier Blot Sponsor: Hare Group Ltd

11

Hollie Doyle

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 7 Colours: YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE cross belts, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW chevrons on sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap. Form: 11-4101 HHH Ebor defeat is flanked by two wins, latest in conditions race at Salisbury (1m6f, good) where he took career record to 6-10; acts on heavy; has more on his plate upped in trip/class but he’s largely progressive. Official BHA Rating 109

DUBIOUS AFFAIR (IRE) (37)

Draw

9

B f Frankel - Dubian To (IRE) (Sea The Stars (IRE)) Owner: Mr Mohamed Obaida Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Newmarket Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

3

James Doyle

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, RED epaulets, striped cap. Form: 1-11124 H Progressive filly at 1m5f/1m6f on good/faster for new stable this season, most recently fourth in the Park Hill at Doncaster; however, she’s the lowest rated in this field. Official BHA Rating 100

Draw

10 MONICA SHERIFF (GB) (14)

B f Lawman (FR) - Require (Montjeu (IRE)) Owner: Duke of Devonshire Trainer: William Haggas, Newmarket Breeder: The Duke of Devonshire

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 Colours: STRAW. Form: 111-400

2

Tom Marquand

4

11 SEARCH FOR A SONG (IRE) (34)

Ch f Galileo (IRE) - Polished Gem (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Trainer: D. K. Weld, Ireland Breeder: Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd

Draw

H Completed a five-timer in her 3yo campaign and made an encouraging reappearance (fourth to Fujaira Prince) in the Ebor; form has gone the wrong way in two starts since (latest was on heavy, which she relished as 3yo) and she now goes in headgear; others preferred. Official BHA Rating 102

6

Oisin Murphy

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Colours: BLACK, WHITE sleeves, RED cap, BLACK star. Form: 11-6P31 HHHHH Yet to race on soft/heavy; has won the Irish St Leger for the last two years, beating Fujaira Prince by 2l on latest occasion, and remains unexposed as a stayer (2-2 over 1m6f); may well have more to offer now she’s tackling 2m; trainer won this race in 2012 and 2014; respected. Official BHA Rating 116 Draw

12 DAWN PATROL (IRE) (20)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Gwynn (IRE) (Darshaan) Owner: Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Lynch Bages Ltd

9 Pierre-Charles Boudot

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 13 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap. Form: 231361 D HHHH One of three runners for Aidan O’Brien; respectable sixth in the St Leger then took advantage of drop in class in Curragh Group 3 back on home soil (good to yielding; unraced on worse this year) when he made first attempt at 2m a winning one; open to further improvement at this trip; shortlisted. Official BHA Rating 109

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THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP Draw

13 MAX VEGA (IRE) (14)

Ch c Lope de Vega (IRE) - Paraphernalia (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: The Pickford Hill Partnership Weight: 8 13 Horse Age: 3 Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Colours: RED, BLACK stripe, striped sleeves. Breeder: Tullpark Ltd Form: 11-5024 Sponsor: R M Beckett Ltd

5

Harry Bentley

HH Showed stamina to win over a testing 1m2f as a 2yo and finished fourth over 1m7f on deep ground at Longchamp (Group 2) two weeks ago; should be suited by this stiff 2m but faces a tough task in this line-up. Official BHA Rating 109

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 13 (EXACTA) Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 10. Hood worn by No. 11. Record Time: 3m 24.12s by Mizzou age 4 wt 8-12 good to firm, 29/04/15 Median Time: 3 mins 33.30 secs 2019: KEW GARDENS (IRE) 4 9 7 Donnacha O’Brien 7-2 (Aidan O’Brien) 9 ran

THE RESULT

2ND:

WINNER:

3RD:

DISTANCE:

TIME:

4TH:

RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST: 4/5 Stradivarius, 5/1 Search For A Song, 7/1 Fujaira Prince, 10/1 Dawn Patrol, Spanish Mission, 12/1 Broome, 14/1 Morando, Sovereign, Trueshan, 25/1 Max Vega, 33/1 Monica Sheriff, 40/1 Mildenberger, 66/1 Dubious Affair

QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner, with a replica for the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse.

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THEQIPCOBRITISHCHAMPIONSSPRINTSTAKES

HISTORY OF THE RACE

The event was established in 1946, and was originally called the Diadem Stakes, named after Diadem, a winner of several of Ascot’s leading races.

The race was given its present name and returned to October in 2011 when it became part of the newly created QIPCO British Champions Day. In 2015, the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status and has since been won by some top-class sprinters. This six-furlong (1,200m) contest provides the grand finale to the seven-race sprint category of the QIPCO British Champions Series. There are three Series races run over five furlongs and four, including today’s contest, over six furlongs. Trainer James Fanshawe has a good record in the race, having won the first renewal under its current guise with Deacon Blues and more recently, with the ever-reliable The Tin Man in 2016. The last three renewals have seen some more surprising winners, firstly with the Dean Ivory-trained Librisa Breeze at odds of 10/1 before Sands Of Mali, under Paul Hanagan for trainer Richard Fahey, gamely held off Harry Angel to win at odds of 28/1 in 2018. In 2019 it was the turn of Donjuan Triumphant, winning at odds of 33/1, the highest priced winner at QIPCO British Champions Day so far.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

PRIZE MONEY

6 Furlongs

2019: Donjuan Triumphant

Overall: £391,260

2018: Sands Of Mali 2017: Librisa Breeze

1st: £221,883

2016: The Tin Man

2nd: £84,120

2015: Muhaarar

3rd: £42,099

2014: Gordon Lord Byron 2013: Slade Power

4th: £20,971

2012: Maarek

5th: £10,524

2011: Deacon Blues

6th: £5,282


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

OXTED

Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Roger Teal Owner: S Piper, T Hirschfeld, D Fish & J Collins Sire-Dam: Mayson – Charlotte Rosina Breeder: Homecroft Wealth Racing Info: Whatever Oxted goes on to do in the future, he is guaranteed a special place in the affections of his trainer, Roger Teal, and regular jockey, Cieren Fallon Jr. He provided the pair with their first Group 1 triumphs when landing the Darley July Cup at Newmarket this summer. It was a decisive success, too, gained after a similarly authoritative win on his comeback. Oxted’s official rating has risen to 120 and, still lightly raced, the four-year-old’s best days may still be to come.

DREAM OF DREAMS

Sex: Gelding Colour: Chestnut Age: 6 Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Saeed Suhail Sire-Dam: Dream Ahead (USA) – Vasilia Breeder: Prostock Ltd

Info: Nobody could begrudge Dream Of Dreams a big win at Ascot. He finished fast when beaten a head by Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal Meeting in 2019 and it was a similar story this summer when he lost by that margin to Hello Youmzain in the same race. However, he finally and deservedly got his QIPCO British Champions Series account off the mark with a commanding victory in the Betfair Sprint Cup in September. Two previous runs in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint have brought no joy but he looks as good as ever as he bids to change that this year.

GLEN SHIEL

Sex: Gelding Colour: Chestnut Trainer: Archie Watson Sire-Dam: Pivotal – Gonfilia (GER) Breeder: Darley

Age: 6 Owner: Hambleton Racing XXXVI & Partner

Info: Glen Shiel began his career in France with Andre Fabre and was having only his third start in Britain when fourth in the Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO) on QIPCO British Champions Day last year. He has since thrived on a busy schedule, winning four of his subsequent races and running better than ever last time when beating all bar Dream Of Dreams under regular rider Hollie Doyle in the Betfair Sprint Cup. He went off 25/1 that day but is unlikely to be so underestimated in the betting this time. Another big run seems on the cards.

ROGER TEAL (TRAINER) ON OXTED

He looks amazing and still keeping his coat, which is great. He’s training really well and seems to have that mojo back and we’re really happy with him at the moment.


THE SPRINT SERIES 1.55: THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS

SPRINT STAKES

(CLASS S1 1) (GROUP 1) (6F) £391,260 PRIZE MONEY

CATEGORY LEADERS 1 2 = 4

Battaash (IRE) Oxted Dream Of Dreams (IRE) Hello Youmzain (FR)

Rating 126 Rating 120 Rating 120 Rating 118

The category rankings use the official performance ratings awarded by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers to the first three horses to finish in each QIPCO British Champions Series race.

THE KING'S STAND STAKES ROYAL ASCOT, 16TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (5F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: BATTAASH (IRE) 5/6F 2nd: Equilateral 9/1 3rd: Liberty Beach 4/1 The world’s top sprinter, Battaash, had found Blue Point too strong in the previous two renewals of the King’s Stand, but made no mistake this time. He made all and scored by two-and-a-quarter lengths from his stablemate, Equilateral, who kept on late to grab second from Liberty Beach. Battaash was becoming the first horse since Lochsong to have wins in the Coolmore Nunthorpe, Prix de l’Abbaye and King’s Stand on his CV. The win formed part of a memorable day for jockey Jim Crowley, picking up four winners.

THE COMMONWEALTH CUP ROYAL ASCOT, 19TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (6F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: GOLDEN HORDE (IRE) 5/1 2nd: Kimari (USA) 5/1 3rd: Ventura Rebel 50/1 Golden Horde, who had shown smart form at two, stood out on looks beforehand and was a decisive winner. Quickly up with the pace, he asserted from over a furlong out to win by a length-and-a-half from the American challenger, Kimari – who was finishing an unlucky second at the Royal Meeting for a second year running. Ventura Rebel kept on well to hold off Royal Commando (250/1) for third but the top two in the market, Lope Y Fernandez and Pierre Lapin, never figured.


THE DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES

ROYAL ASCOT, 20TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (6F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR) 4/1 2nd: Dream Of Dreams (IRE) 8/1 3rd: Sceptical 2/1F Front-running Hello Youmzain rallied tenaciously to claim the spoils. He looked in trouble when the strong-travelling Sceptical headed him but he clawed him back, before then having to repel a traditional late thrust from Dream Of Dreams. The latter found the line coming too soon and went down by a head, just as he had 12 months earlier, with Sceptical another neck further back in third. Hello Youmzain was providing his young jockey Kevin Stott with not only his first Group 1 winner, but also his first Royal Ascot winner.

THE DARLEY JULY CUP NEWMARKET JULY COURSE, 11TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (6F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: OXTED 12/1 2nd: Sceptical 18/5 3rd: Golden Horde (IRE) 2/1F A memorable renewal with Oxted emulating his sire, Mayson, and giving Roger Teal and Cieren Fallon Jr. their first Group 1 triumphs. The winner was never far away, racing on the pace with some proven Group 1 winners from the Series already. Late on he stretched clear and won with authority from Sceptical, who had also gone close in the Diamond Jubilee, and Golden Horde, the Commonwealth Cup winner.

THE COOLMORE NUNTHORPE STAKES YORK, 21ST AUGUST

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (5F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: BATTAASH (IRE) 1/2F 2nd: Que Amoro (IRE) 22/1 3rd: Moss Gill (IRE) 22/1 The fastest horse in the world, Battaash, duly delivered, although the slightly slower ground for this renewal meant his own course record would stand for another year. The ground was tacky after rain showers on the Knavesmire presented another challenge. Battaash was swiftly into top gear but had to roll up his sleeves to master the speedy Que Amoro, who made a bold bid close to the rail. Nothing else really got into contention, with course specialist Moss Gill keeping on to grab third place.

THE BETFAIR SPRINT CUP HAYDOCK PARK, 5TH SEPTEMBER

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (6F) £225,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) 5/2F 2nd: Glen Shiel 25/1 3rd: Golden Horde (IRE) 13/2 A well-deserved first Group 1 success for Dream Of Dreams, whose previous exploits had included two near-misses in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. The six-year-old was always travelling sweetly for the champion jockey Oisin Murphy and kept on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter from the gallant Glen Shiel. Golden Horde was a further neck away in third, having been handy throughout.


SECOND RACE 1.55PM THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES (CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) SIX FURLONGS (6F) (1,200 metres) For three yrs old and upwards. Total race value £391260 Owners Prize Money. Winner £174345; Second £71561; Third £35800; Fourth £17881; Fifth £8960; Sixth £4460. (Penalty Value £221883.54) A SS

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Farside

No

Horse

1

BRANDO (GB) (7)

Ch g Pivotal - Argent du Bois (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) Owner: Mrs Angie Bailey Trainer: Kevin Ryan, Hambleton Breeder: Car Colston Hall Stud Sponsor: Kevin Ryan Racing Limited

Draw

Jockey

Draw

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

Tom Eaves

7

CAPE BYRON (GB) (364)

3

CHIEFOFCHIEFS (GB) (36)

Draw

2

2

Andrea Atzeni

Draw

Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 2 Colours: YELLOW, PURPLE and YELLOW halved sleeves, YELLOW and PURPLE quartered cap. Form: 526603 D HH 2017 Group 1 winner who has finished in the first four in this race three times (good-heavy), and did well to finish sixth in this year’s July Cup having blown the start; however, slow starts have become a recurring theme and this 8yo has run below-par on his last three outings; others preferred. Official BHA Rating 107

3

William Buick

Ch g Shamardal (USA) - Reem Three (Mark of Esteem (IRE)) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots Breeder: Darley and spots on cap. Form: 110310CD HHH Absent since down the field in this race last year, his sole start on heavy ground; however, won C&D Group 3 (soft) the time before and the 2l runner-up Donjuan Triumphant then went one better in this; goes well fresh and, with four wins from eight course visits, Official BHA Rating 113 he’s an each-way contender.

B g Royal Applause - Danvers (Cape Cross (IRE)) Owner: Mr Mervyn Ayers Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Newmarket Breeder: Executive Bloodlines

Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Colours: PINK, large BLACK spots and spots on cap. Form: 301046 CD

4

DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) (42)

Ch g Dream Ahead (USA) - Vasilia (Dansili) Owner: Mr Saeed Suhail Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket Breeder: Prostock Ltd

Draw

H Won the Silver Wokingham over C&D (good) in June but could find it tough in today’s company and his best turf form has come on good/ good to firm. Official BHA Rating 99

16

Oisin Murphy

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 2 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW chevron, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE spots. Form: 000-211 D HHHHH Well beaten in the last two runnings of this but has good C&D form otherwise, going very close in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee (good) in June; better than ever this year having been gelded, winning Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f, soft) in decisive fashion last time, and has leading claims. Official BHA Rating 120

GLEN SHIEL (GB) (42)

Draw

5

Ch g Pivotal - Gonfilia (GER) (Big Shuffle (USA)) Owner: Hambleton Racing XXXVI & Partner Trainer: Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Darley Sponsor: Hambleton Racing Ltd

9

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 2 Colours: BEIGE, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap. Form: 012112 D HHH 6yo whose form has gone to the next level this season, winning Group 3 at The Curragh (6f, good to yielding) in August and finishing second in Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f, soft) last time; something to find with the winner Dream Of Dreams but holds place claims once more. Official BHA Rating 116

34

Hollie Doyle


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES HAPPY POWER (IRE) (8)

Draw

6

Gr c Dark Angel (IRE) - Tamarisk (GER) (Selkirk (USA)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: Yeomanstown Stud Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd

1

James Doyle

Weight: 9 2 Horse Age: 4 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE stars, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Form: 324111 D HHH Question mark about this trip, with this his first 6f start since his 2yo days, but he’s not short of pace over 7f, as evidenced in his Group 3 (good to soft) and Group 2 (soft) wins the last twice; surplus stamina may be no bad thing if the ground is testing and he’s not ruled out each-way. Official BHA Rating 115

OXTED (GB) (98)

Draw

7

B g Mayson - Charlotte Rosina (Choisir (AUS)) Owner: S Piper,T.Hirschfeld,D.Fish & J.Collins Trainer: Roger Teal, Lambourn Breeder: Homecroft Wealth Racing Sponsor: Homecroft Wealth

13

Cieren Fallon

SPEAK IN COLOURS (GB) (56)

9

THE TIN MAN (GB) (7)

Draw

8

8

Jim Crowley

Draw

Weight: 9 2 Horse Age: 4 Colours: PINK, DARK GREEN epaulets and star on cap. Form: 6421-11 D HHH Reappeared with Group 3 win at Newmarket (6f, good to firm) in June and followed up in Group 1 July Cup (6f, good), after which he had wind surgery; major player on that form and this lightly raced 4yo hasn’t had many goes on slow ground, but he does have something to prove on such a surface. Official BHA Rating 120

6

Adam Kirby

Gr h Excelebration (IRE) - Maglietta Fina (IRE) (Verglas (IRE)) Owner: Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland Colours: RED, YELLOW stripe, Breeder: Scuderia Archi Romani chevrons on sleeves. Sponsor: Carriganog Racing (J. P. O’Brien) Form: 251146 CD BF HH 2yo C&D winner who was a fair sixth in this race last year (heavy) and won Irish Group 2 and Group 3 races this summer; however, looks set for another supporting role this afternoon. Official BHA Rating 111

B g Equiano (FR) - Persario (Bishop of Cashel) Owner: Fred Archer Racing - Ormonde Trainer: James Fanshawe, Newmarket Breeder: Mrs Elizabeth Grundy Sponsor: Pegasus Stables LLP

Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 2 Colours: DARK BLUE, MAROON epaulets, striped sleeves. Form: 20-0262 CD HHH 8yo who is running in this race for a remarkable sixth consecutive season; won it in 2016 and in the first five three other times; seemingly isn’t the force of old but kept on for fair second in York Group 3 (6f, soft) last Saturday and today’s stiffer track is a plus; not ruled out each-way. Official BHA Rating 110 Draw

10 ART POWER (IRE) (42)

Gr c Dark Angel (IRE) - Evening Time (IRE) (Keltos (FR)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Trainer: Tim Easterby, Malton Breeder: Owenstown Bloodstock Ltd Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd

10

Silvestre De Sousa

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Form: 1-11164 CD HHH Extremely impressive wins this summer in 5f 3yo handicap at the Royal Meeting here (good to soft) and Naas Group 3 (yielding to soft); bounced back after the Nunthorpe with solid fourth behind a couple of these in Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f, soft) last time and, while improvement is needed today, it’s possible we still haven’t seen the best of this prominent-racer. Official BHA Rating 115 Draw

11 DUBAI STATION (GB) (78)

B c Brazen Beau (AUS) - Princess Guest (IRE) (Iffraaj) Owner: Ahmad AlShaikh & Co Trainer: K. R. Burke, Leyburn Breeder: Hall of Fame Stud Sponsor: KB Spigot Ltd

14

Daniel Tudhope

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: WHITE, EMERALD GREEN epaulets. Form: 00-1035 D

12 LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (IRE) (42)

B c Lope de Vega (IRE) - Black Dahlia (Dansili) Owner: Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: S. F. Bloodstock LLC

Draw

H Stayed on for good third in the Norfolk Stakes (5f, soft) at Royal Ascot last year and won AW Group 3 (6f) on 3yo reappearance; however, his limitations have been evident since and are likely to be exposed again today. Official BHA Rating 108

4

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, PURPLE cap. Form: 6-30230 D HHH Placed in three Group 1 races this year (6.5f-1m, good/good to firm) and each-way claims if at his best, but that wasn’t the case in the Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f, soft) latest; could do with the ground drying out. Official BHA Rating 117

35

Ryan Moore


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES 13 STARMAN (GB) (41)

Draw

Tom 17 Marquand

B c Dutch Art - Northern Star (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE)) Owner: David Ward Trainer: Ed Walker, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Mr D. Ward Sponsor: ABM Catering Facilities Management

Weight: 9 1 Horse Age: 3 Colours: LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE triple diamond. Form: 111 D HHHH Made it 3-3 (all 6f) with Listed win at York last month on ground that was good, good to soft in places (slowest he’s tackled); readily beat clear second Dakota Gold who is a very tough nut to crack on the Knavesmire, and this highly exciting 3yo could well have a Group 1 prize in him; trainer has expressed concerns regarding slow ground but his half-sister and stablemate Sunday Star was a Listed runner-up on soft recently (first run on slow ground). Official BHA Rating 113 Draw

14 ONE MASTER (GB) (13)

B m Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Enticing (IRE) (Pivotal) Owner: Lael Stable Trainer: William Haggas, Newmarket Breeder: Lael Stables

11 Pierre-Charles Boudot

Weight: 8 13 Horse Age: 6 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE cross belts, EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. Form: 641221 CD HHHH Won the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp for the third consecutive season 13 days ago (7f, heavy); runner-up in this race last year (6f, heavy) and thereabouts once more if conditions are particularly testing (she’s versatile ground-wise, but the softer the better at this trip). Official BHA Rating 114 Draw

15 SONAIYLA (IRE) (34)

15

Draw

16 JOUSKA (GB) (7)

12

Rob Hornby

5

Hayley Turner

B f Cable Bay (IRE) - Quiet Protest (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) Owner: Mr A. Davis Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 12 Trainer: Henry Candy, Wantage Colours: GREY, WHITE epaulets, WHITE and Breeder: Equity Growth Partners Ltd GREY halved sleeves, MAROON cap, WHITE star. Sponsor: Tote Form: 53-0201 D HH Returned to form with Listed fillies’ and mares’ win at Newmarket (6f, soft) last Saturday, when back down in trip on her first run on ground slower than good to soft; unexposed in testing conditions and this stiff 6f should suit, but faces a much tougher assignment today and improvement is needed. Official BHA Rating 102

17 ONASSIS (IRE) (6)

B f Dubawi (IRE) - Jacqueline Quest (IRE) (Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)) Owner: Triermore Stud & The Hon P. Stanley Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 12 Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Newmarket Colours: PINK, ROYAL BLUE cap. Breeder: C. O. P. Hanbury Form: 141041 C

HH Won the Sandringham Handicap at the Royal Meeting here (1m, soft) on reappearance and has added two Listed wins since, most recently at Goodwood (7f, heavy) last Sunday; surplus stamina may be no bad thing in the ground but still doubtful whether she’s got the necessary pace today. Official BHA Rating 99

(EXACTA) NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 17 Visor worn by No. 3. Tongue Strap worn by No. 8. Visor, Tongue Strap worn by No. 15. Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 7. Record Time: 1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17 Median Time: 1 min 13.70 secs 2019: DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE) 6 9 2 Silvestre De Sousa 33-1 (Andrew Balding) 17 ran

THE RESULT

2ND:

WINNER:

3RD:

DISTANCE:

TIME:

4TH:

36

W. J. Lee

Draw

Gr f Dark Angel (IRE) - Sinaniya (USA) (More Than Ready (USA)) Owner: Ennistown Stud Weight: 8 13 Horse Age: 4 Trainer: P. Twomey, Ireland Colours: PURPLE and YELLOW (halved), sleeves Breeder: His Highness The Aga Khan’s Studs S.C. reversed, PURPLE and YELLOW quartered cap. Form: 01-1123 D HH Irish raider; new yard/headgear this season and has had a fine campaign, with 5f looking inadequate when nevertheless a creditable third in Group 1 Flying Five at The Curragh last month; versatile ground-wise and could be more to come, but form does need to go to the next level in this hotter race. Official BHA Rating 110


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES

RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Dream Of Dreams, 5/1 One Master, 13/2 Oxted, 8/1 Starman, 11/1 Art Power, 12/1 Glen Shiel, Lope Y Fernandez, 14/1 Cape Byron, 16/1 Happy Power, Sonaiyla, 25/1 The Tin Man, 40/1 Onassis, Speak In Colours, 50/1 Brando, Jouska, 66/1 Dubai Station, 100/1 Chiefofchiefs

QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner, with a replica for the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse.

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Champion older miler Winner of the Gr.1 Sussex Stakes Outstanding ďŹ rst foals born this year


Champion First Season Sire Sire of a Gr.1 winning sprinter and 15 Stakes horses Biggest and best crop of yearlings to hit the racecourse next year


THEQIPCOBRITISHCHAMPIONSFILLIES&MARESSTAKES

HISTORY OF THE RACE

The history of the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes dates back to 1946 when Ascot staged the Princess Royal Stakes for the first time.

In 2008 it was renamed the Pride Stakes and moved to Newmarket, but it returned to Ascot under its current name in 2011. The new race was given a boost in its very first year as it was won by none other than the Investec Oaks and Preis der Diana (German Oaks) winner, Dancing Rain, a dual Classic heroine in her final European start. It was subsequently upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013. Simple Verse was the second British Classic winner to claim the spoils in its short recent history when successful in 2015. Aidan O’Brien won back-to-back renewals with with Hydrangea (2017) and Magical (2018). The latter went on to secure last year’s QIPCO Champion Stakes. Last year the race was won by the John Gosden- trained Star Catcher with Frankie Dettori aboard. Star Catcher was giving owner, Anthony Oppenheimer, his third successive win at QIPCO British Champions Day after Cracksman’s wins in 2017 and 2018.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

PRIZE MONEY

1 Mile about 4 Furlongs

2019: Star Catcher

Overall: £350,000

2018: Magical 2017: Hydrangea

1st: £198,485

2016: Journey

2nd: £75,250

2015: Simple Verse

3rd: £37,660

2014: Madame Chiang 2013: Seal of Approval

4th: £18,760

2012: Sapphire

5th: £9,415

2011: Dancing Rain

6th: £4,725


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

EVEN SO

Sex: Filly Colour: Bay Age: 3 Trainer: Ger Lyons Owner: Mrs John Magnier & Mrs Paul Shanahan Sire-Dam: Camelot – Breeze Hill (IRE) Breeder: Lynch Bages Info: Even So is bred for middle distances and relished stepping up to a mile-and-a-half for the first time in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at The Curragh. Always travelling smoothly, she came from off the pace to win at the main expense of Cayenne Pepper and Passion. The daughter of Camelot had made all the running when previously successful at Gowran Park and Naas, so is clearly versatile regarding tactics. She has looked well served by some give underfoot but has also run well on faster going.

DAME MALLIOT

Sex: Filly Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Ed Vaughan Owner: Mr A. E. Oppenheimer Sire-Dam: Champs Elysees – Stars In Your Eyes Breeder: Hascombe And Valiant Studs Info: The black-and-white silks of owner Anthony Oppenheimer have been carried with distinction at recent QIPCO British Champions Days. Firstly by two-time QIPCO Champion Stakes winner Cracksman and then the winner of this race last year, Star Catcher. Dame Malliot is another horse in the Oppenheimer colours that could continue this rich vein of form, having won two Group 2 races before being placed in Group 1 company on her past two starts. Her third behind Tarnawa and Raabihah in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp last time reads well, and she’d gone close in Germany before that.

WONDERFUL TONIGHT

Sex: Filly Colour: Bay Age: 3 Trainer: David Menuisier Owner: Christopher Wright Sire-Dam: Le Havre (IRE) – Salvation Breeder: S A R L Ecurie La Cauviniere

Info: Wonderful Tonight is peaking at just the right time for QIPCO British Champions Day, putting several other British-trained contenders firmly in their place when landing the Group 1 Qatar Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp last time. That was only her seventh run and she is clearly still on an upward curve. Her trainer already has one eye on next year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for her, so evidently believes there is more to come. She’s yet to win a race in Britain but has only run here twice, all her other outings being in France.

DAVID MENUISIER (TRAINER) ON WONDERFUL TONIGHT

I think a mile four is probably her favourite trip; she won over a mile and six last time because she’s very good.


THE FILLIES & MARES SERIES 2.30: THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS

FILLIES L & MARES STAKES

(CLASS 1) (GROUP R 1) (1M ABT 4F) £350,000 PRIZE MONEY

CATEGORY LEADERS 1 2 3 4 =

Love (IRE) Alpine Star (IRE) Fancy Blue (IRE) Billesdon Brook One Voice (IRE)

Rating 123 Rating 119

Rating 114

Rating 113

Rating 113

The category rankings use the official performance ratings awarded by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers to the first three horses to finish in each QIPCO British Champions Series race.

THE QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS NEWMARKET ROWLEY MILE, 7TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: LOVE (IRE) 4/1 2nd: Cloak Of Spirits (IRE) 12/1 3rd: Quadrilateral 11/4F A dominant display by Love in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, who was never far away and travelled strongly throughout. When invited to put her stamp on the race, the daughter of Galileo eased four-and-a-quarter lengths clear without being fully extended. Trainer Aidan O’Brien said “We're delighted with Love. She was doing everything right all through the winter and the spring.” Cloak Of Spirits clung on to second by a head from Quadrilateral, who kept on after racing freely early on.

THE CORONATION STAKES ROYAL ASCOT, 20TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: ALPINE STAR (IRE) 9/2 2nd: Sharing (USA) 16/5 3rd: Quadrilateral 2/1F An element of history repeating itself with Alpine Star, a half-sister to 2018 winner Alpha Centauri and representing the same connections, striding clear to win by four-and-a-quarter lengths. She was also providing Frankie Dettori with his first Coronation Stakes winner – the only Group 1 race at Royal Ascot he had not previously won. After the race Dettori said “It has taken 30 years to win all the Group 1s, but I can say that I have really conquered Royal Ascot”. American challenger Sharing ran on to claim second, with Quadrilateral unable to pick up in third.


THE INVESTEC OAKS EPSOM DOWNS, 4TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 4F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY

1st: LOVE (IRE) 11/10F 2nd: Ennistymon (IRE) 6/1 3rd: Frankly Darling 7/4 A one-two for Aidan O’Brien in the fillies’ Classic, although in truth this was all about one horse, Love, as she galloped nine lengths clear. Such a wide-margin win looked unlikely three out as she was pushed along having raced in rear, but it was a case of the further the better as she galloped on remorselessly. Ennistymon chased her home without being able to land any kind of blow, while Frankly Darling, the Royal Ascot Ribblesdale winner, plugged on to be a remote third. In total, there were more than 50 lengths between the winner and last, showcasing the dominance of the Ballydoyle filly.

THE TATTERSALLS FALMOUTH STAKES NEWMARKET JULY COURSE, 10TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £110,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: NAZEEF 9/2 2nd: Billesdon Brook 14/1 3rd: Terebellum (IRE) 5/6F Terebellum was all the rage after her narrow defeat in the Queen Anne but it was her thriving stablemate, Nazeef, who stole the show. Terebellum made the running but was collared by both Nazeef and Billesdon Brook in the closing stages, with the former emerging triumphant by a neck under Jim Crowley. It was her sixth successive win and another string to the bow of owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who has been enjoying a memorable year across the board at big racing festivals.

THE QATAR NASSAU STAKES GOODWOOD, 30TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 2F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: FANCY BLUE (IRE) 11/4 2nd: One Voice (IRE) 20/1 3rd: Nazeef 100/30 Yet another O’Brien winner, but not the one we are used to seeing! This time it was the trainer’s young son, Donnacha, taking the plaudits. His French Oaks winner, Fancy Blue, fended off the Jessica Harrington-trained One Voice, with the prolific Nazeef having to settle for a supporting role. O’Brien had only sent out his first winner five months earlier and was already securing his second Group 1 – his first (and surely not last) in Britain.

THE DARLEY YORKSHIRE OAKS YORK, 20TH AUGUST

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 4F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY

1st: LOVE (IRE) 4/9F 2nd: Alpinista 33/1 3rd: One Voice (IRE) 12/1 It was another case of Love conquers all as the star filly followed up her emphatic wins in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks with another runaway success. Never far away, it was simply a case of how far she would win by once Ryan Moore eased her ahead with three furlongs to run. The winning distance this time was five lengths, but might easily have been more. Alpinista was the outsider of the field but stuck on gamely to claim second spot, with One Voice another couple of lengths away in third.


THIRD RACE 2.30PM THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES (CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) ONE MILE ABOUT FOUR FURLONGS (2,300 metres), SWINLEY (11F ABT 211YDS) For three yrs old and upwards fillies and mares. Total race value £350000 Owners Prize Money. Winner £155960; Second £64015; Third £32025; Fourth £15995; Fifth £8015; Sixth £3990. (Penalty Value £198485) A SS

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Inside

Horse

1

ANTONIA DE VEGA (IRE) (22)

2

DAME MALLIOT (GB) (34)

Draw

Jockey

Draw

No

11

Harry Bentley

Draw

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

4

Hollie Doyle

B f Lope de Vega (IRE) - Witches Brew (IRE) (Duke of Marmalade (IRE)) Owner: Waverley Racing Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Colours: DARK BLUE, WHITE chevron, WHITE and Breeder: Fermoir Ltd MAUVE striped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap, MAUVE star. Sponsor: R M Beckett Ltd Form: 0/164-11 D HHH Lightly raced; 4l sixth of 12 in this (soft) last year, which was up with her best 3yo form; took a Listed race at Pontefract in June and showed improved form when grabbing the initiative over 2f out to follow up in a four-runner Group 3 at Newmarket three weeks ago, both on good; enters calculations in this open renewal, particularly as return to soft may help. Official BHA Rating 109

B f Champs Elysees - Stars In Your Eyes (Galileo (IRE)) Owner: Mr A. E. Oppenheimer Trainer: Ed Vaughan, Newmarket Breeder: Hascombe and Valiant Studs Sponsor: Tote

3

MANUELA DE VEGA (IRE) (14)

B f Lope de Vega (IRE) - Roscoff (IRE) (Daylami (IRE)) Owner: Waverley Racing Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Breeder: Merriebelle Irish Farm Ltd Sponsor: R M Beckett Ltd

Draw

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Colours: BLACK and WHITE (halved), sleeves reversed, RED cap. Form: 116-133 D HHHHH Won 1m4f Group 2s at Deauville (heavy) last August and Newmarket (soft) this July; the latter form reads very well and although she’s not repeated it, she may have been inconvenienced by a slow pace on first occasion and by good ground on latest; today’s test should suit her. Official BHA Rating 114

12

Rob Hornby

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Colours: DARK BLUE, WHITE chevron, WHITE and MAUVE striped sleeves, RED cap. Form: 22-1140 D HHH Started this term with Group 3 and Group 2 wins at Haydock; not disgraced facing a stiff task in the Yorkshire Oaks next time and although she was tailed off at Longchamp two weeks ago, the heavy going could be a mitigating factor; fine on soft and she’s thereabouts if back to form. Official BHA Rating 110

MEHDAAYIH (GB) (122)

Draw

4

8

B f Frankel - Sayyedati Symphony (USA) (Gone West (USA)) Owner: Emirates Park PTY Ltd Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Colours: RED, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap. Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited Form: 01205-6 D Sponsor: Tote

Frankie Dettori

HHH Ran creditably from the rear over 1m2f when fifth in the Champion Stakes at this meeting (soft) last year and sixth of seven in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot (good) on sole start this term; her sights are lowered somewhat in this race and although this step back up in trip asks a question, she did win last June on her latest attempt at 1m4f; firmly in the mix. Official BHA Rating 113

CABALETTA (GB) (49)

Draw

5

Gr f Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Allegretto (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) Owner: Cheveley Park Stud Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 13 Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Colours: RED, WHITE sash, ROYAL BLUE cap. Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Form: 1-24122 D Sponsor: Cheveley Park Stud

7

H Won on heavy going as a 2yo but rather disappointing on soft on second start this term and beaten 15l when runner-up on soft in a four-runner Group 3 at Goodwood (1m6f) on latest outing; today’s ground has to be a major worry and even her best form on a sound surface makes this a stiff task. Official BHA Rating 106

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David Egan


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES EVEN SO (IRE) (34)

Draw

6

B f Camelot - Breeze Hill (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier/Mrs Paul Shanahan Trainer: G. M. Lyons, Ireland Breeder: Lynch Bages

Weight: 8 Horse Age: 3 Colours: DARK BLUE. Form: 1-35116 D

3

Colin Keane

13

HHHH Made most to win Listed event at Naas (1m2f, soft) by a neck, gamely fending off Laburnum, and came from mid-division when following up in Irish Oaks at The Curragh (1m4f, good to yielding) by 2l, pulling away late on; nearly two months off before plugging on in only sixth of ten in the Vermeille at Longchamp (good), just behind three of today’s rivals, but it’s possible that a greater stamina test today will see her back in a more favourable light. Official BHA Rating 111

FRANKLY DARLING (GB) (58)

Draw

7

B f Frankel - Hidden Hope (Daylami (IRE)) Owner: Mr A. E. Oppenheimer Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Hascombe & Valiant Stud Ltd Sponsor: Tote

2

Robert Havlin

Weight: 8 13 Horse Age: 3 Colours: BLACK and WHITE (halved), sleeves reversed, WHITE cap. Form: 2-1135 CD HHH Runner-up on heavy on debut; won her first two starts of 2020, latterly when well on top in the Ribblesdale over C&D (good to soft) in June; put in her place since on good ground in the Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, however, and while better is not out of the question for this 3yo after just five starts, Frankie Dettori rides Mehdaayih instead. Official BHA Rating 108

GOLD WAND (IRE) (34)

Draw

8

B f Golden Horn - Los Ojitos (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) Owner: Mr Mohamed Khalid Abdulrahim Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Khalid Abdul Rahim

10

Andrea Atzeni

Weight: 8 13 Horse Age: 3 Colours: PURPLE, LIGHT BLUE chevron, LIGHT BLUE and BLACK check sleeves and cap. Form: 2-10215 D HHH Unraced on softer than good except when runner-up on heavy on debut; only two attempts at 1m4f, when tailed off in the Oaks but staying on well to win the Listed Galtres at York; returning to 1m2f may have been against her in Irish Group 2 last time but, even so, she has major work to do here. Official BHA Rating 106

LABURNUM (IRE) (34)

Draw

9

B f Galileo (IRE) - Secret Garden (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Swettenham Stud

Horse Age: 3 Colours: GREY. Form: 124144

Weight: 8

5

James Doyle

13

HHH Beaten twice by Even So in July and nearly 4l by Wonderful Tonight at Deauville (1m4f, heavy) in August; turned the tables on both of those rivals in the Vermeille (good) five weeks ago, admittedly not by far and it was a somewhat muddling race but that was improved form and she’s in calculations. Official BHA Rating 113 Draw

10 PASSION (IRE) (14)

B f Galileo (IRE) - Dialafara (FR) (Anabaa (USA)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud

Horse Age: 3 Colours: PINK. Form: 533155

Weight: 8

6

Ryan Moore

13

11 THUNDERING NIGHTS (IRE) (34)

Draw

HH Third in the C&D Ribblesdale; ran creditably when third in the Irish Oaks and fifth in the Irish St Leger but about 10l fifth to Wonderful Tonight at Longchamp (1m6f, heavy; acts on soft) two weeks ago was a backward step; even her best form leaves her with something to find. Official BHA Rating 107

B f Night of Thunder (IRE) - Cape Castle (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE)) Owner: Mr Shapoor Mistry Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 13 Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland Colours: MAROON, YELLOW stars on sleeves. Breeder: Manjri Farm Form: 41-2113

1

Tom Marquand

12 WONDERFUL TONIGHT (FR) (14)

B or Br f Le Havre (IRE) - Salvation (Montjeu (IRE)) Owner: Mr Christopher Wright Trainer: David Menuisier, Pulborough Breeder: S.A.R.L. Ecurie La Cauviniere Sponsor: Stratford Place Stud

Draw

HHH Two of her three wins have been in the mud; has mostly kept much less exalted company than today’s rivals but she won a Group 3 at The Curragh (1m1f, soft) on penultimate start and ran on into third of 11 in Group 2 there (1m2f, good) on latest; has it to find on ratings here but this first attempt at 1m4f holds potential, including given the stamina in her family. Official BHA Rating 105

9

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 13 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets and star on YELLOW cap. Form: 1-42151 D HHHH Races a bit freely but stays on well; campaigned mostly in France and on heavy going, including to make all in Group 3 at Deauville (1m4f) and adding Group 1 at Longchamp (1m6f) two weeks ago; not discredited in Prix Vermeille on good ground in between but it’s looking very much as if testing ground will bring out her best when at 1m4f; a leading contender. Official BHA Rating 114

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William Buick


THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 12 (EXACTA) Record Time: 2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13 Median Time: 2 mins 32.60 secs 2019: STAR CATCHER 3 8 13 Frankie Dettori 7-4 (John Gosden) 12 ran

THE RESULT

2ND:

WINNER:

3RD:

DISTANCE:

TIME:

4TH:

RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST: 7/2 Wonderful Tonight, 9/2 Dame Malliot, 5/1 Antonia De Vega, 6/1 Even So, 10/1 Mehdaayih, 11/1 Thundering Nights, 12/1 Frankly Darling, Gold Wand, 14/1 Passion, 16/1 Laburnum, Manuela De Vega, 33/1 Cabaletta

QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner, with a replica for the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse.

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO)

HISTORY OF THE RACE

Long recognised as Europe’s flagship mile race, 1,600m contests come no bigger than this anywhere on the international stage. Since becoming part of QIPCO British Champions Day the race has gone from strength to strength and has seen some mighty performances across the previous nine runnings. Named in honour of The Queen in 1955, the race has a roll of honour packed full of stars, including Brigadier Gerard (1971 & 1972), Known Fact (1980), Dubai Millennium (1999) and the awesome Frankel, who took the contest in 2011 in effortless fashion. In 2016, Minding became the first filly to be successful since Milligram in 1987, a feat which was followed up by Persuasive for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori in 2017. The race already held special memories for Frankie Dettori, having provided him with his first-ever Group 1 victory thanks to Markofdistinction in 1990. Six years later, Mark Of Esteem was the third leg of his ‘Magnificent Seven’, when he won all seven races on that famous Ascot card.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

1 Mile

2019: King Of Change 2018: Roaring Lion 2017: Persuasive

PRIZE MONEY Overall: £650,000 1st: £368,615

2016: Minding

2nd: £139,750

2015: Solow

3rd: £69,940

2014: Charm Spirit 2013: Olympic Glory

4th: £34,840

2012: Excelebration

5th: £17,485

2011: Frankel

6th: £8,775


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

PALACE PIER

Sex: Colt Colour: Bay Age: 3 Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Sire-Dam: Kingman – Beach Frolic Breeder: Highclere Stud And Floors Farming Info: Five races have yielded five wins for Palace Pier and an increasingly growing reputation. The best three-year-old miler around? Quite possibly. He came of age when outstaying Pinatubo and Wichita in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and followed up with a fluent success in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, when he won at the main expense of Alpine Star. The Kingman colt has shown he can win on ground ranging from good-to-firm and soft and seems certain to take some stopping.

THE REVENANT

Sex: Gelding Colour: Chestnut Age: 5 Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard Owner: Al Asayl France Sire-Dam: Dubawi (IRE) – Hazel Lavery (IRE) Breeder: Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd

Info: Charm Sprit (2014) and Solow (2015) have been recent French-trained winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) and The Revenant came close to improving that tally when runner-up to King Of Change 12 months ago. The prolific five-year-old, who has won nine of his 12 races, has been trained with this year’s renewal in mind and will line-up on the back of a reappearance win at Longchamp a fortnight ago. The Dubawi gelding acts well on testing ground but also has wins on good going to his name.

CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Sex: Colt Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Owner: Flaxman Stables, Mrs Magnier, M Tabor, D Smith Sire-Dam: Galileo (IRE) – Duntle (IRE) Breeder: Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd Info: Circus Maximus is established as one of the best milers in training and his two previous visits to Ascot have both yielded Group 1 victories. He dug deep to land the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting last year and showed similar resolution to scoop the Queen Anne Stakes this summer. The tough son of Galileo, who has since placed in the Qatar Sussex Stakes, Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix du Moulin can again be relied upon to give his all.

AIDAN O’BRIEN (TRAINER) ON CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Circus Maximus is very tough and consistent and seems to dance every dance. He’s a very competitive horse and loves it when horses challenge him – he’s tough and hardened and loves to get into a battle.


THE MILE SERIES 3.05: THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES

(SPONSORED P BY QIPCO)

(CLASS S1 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £650,000 PRIZE MONEY

CATEGORY LEADERS 1 = = 2 3

Palace Pier Mohaather Circus Maximus (IRE) Siskin (USA) Wichita (IRE)

Rating 120 Rating 120 Rating 120 Rating 119

Rating 118

The category rankings use the official performance ratings awarded by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers to the first three horses to finish in each QIPCO British Champions Series race.

THE QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS NEWMARKET ROWLEY MILE, 6TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: KAMEKO (USA) 10/1 2nd: Wichita (IRE) 15/2 3rd: Pinatubo (IRE) 5/6F The fastest QIPCO 2000 Guineas ever run produced a thrilling finish, with Kameko gamely edging a neck ahead of Wichita under champion jockey Oisin Murphy. Pinatubo, the champion two-year-old, was a length further back, with Military March, in the same silks, a creditable fourth. The race was run behind closed doors six days after the resumption of racing. Kameko was giving trainer Andrew Balding his first winner in the race and his jockey a first British Classic success.


THE QUEEN ANNE STAKES

ROYAL ASCOT, 16TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 4/1F 2nd: Terebellum (IRE) 5/1 3rd: Marie’s Diamond (IRE) 40/1 A third Group 1 success for Circus Maximus, who dug deep to get the better of Terebellum by a head in a tight finish. The pair pulled three lengths clear of frontrunning Marie’s Diamond. The overall pace was steady and the field congregated on the stands’ rail, leading to several hard-luck stories. Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said after the race “I think he has probably been a bit underestimated. He travels very strongly and then loves getting eyeballed.”

THE ST JAMES'S PALACE STAKES

ROYAL ASCOT, 20TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: PALACE PIER 4/1 2nd: Pinatubo (IRE) 11/8F 3rd: Wichita (IRE) 9/4 The race was billed as a rematch between Wichita and Pinatubo, who had chased home Kameko in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. The pair had another good tussle – Pinatubo coming out on top between them this time – but the unbeaten Palace Pier, stepping up to Group 1 company for the first time, upstaged them under the unstoppable Dettori, who was riding his third winner of the day, and sixth at the meeting. The winner arrived late on the scene and won by a length.

THE QATAR SUSSEX STAKES

GOODWOOD, 29TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £275,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: MOHAATHER 3/1 2nd: Circus Maximus (IRE) 6/1 3rd: Siskin (USA) 9/4F Mohaather, who had endured a luckless run in the Queen Anne earlier in the summer, showed a dazzling turn of foot to come from last to first after meeting some trouble in running. Jim Crowley had to drop his mount right to the back three out, before circumnavigating the entire field late on. Circus Maximus was runner-up in the race for the second year running, with Siskin, the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, an honourable third. Kameko, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner, was fourth after enduring a luckless run up the rail under Oisin Murphy.

THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUN CHARIOT STAKES NEWMARKET ROWLEY MILE, 3RD OCTOBER

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M) £235,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: NAZEEF 17/2 2nd: Half Light (IRE) 14/1 3rd: Cloak Of Spirits (IRE) 28/1

The market for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes suggested this renewal had plenty of candidates for top honours and it was proven Group 1 winner, Nazeef that obliged, stretching one-and-a-quarter lengths clear of French raider Half Light. Having scooped the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot and then the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on the July Course, the Rowley Mile also proved to be no trouble for Nazeef who added another Group 1 win to an ever-growing list for jockey, trainer and owner this year.


FOURTH RACE 3.05PM THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (SPONSORED BY QIPCO) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS MILE)

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Farside

ONE MILE (1,600 metres), ROYAL HUNT CUP COURSE (8F) For three yrs old and upwards. Total race value £650000 Owners Prize Money. Winner £289640; Second £118885; Third £59475; Fourth £29705; Fifth £14885; Sixth £7410. (Penalty Value £368615) A SS

No

Horse

1

CENTURY DREAM (IRE) (35)

B h Cape Cross (IRE) - Salacia (IRE) (Echo of Light) Owner: Abdulla Belhabb Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford, Newmarket Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

Draw

Jockey

Draw

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

James Doyle

12

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 4 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK epaulets, BLACK and EMERALD GREEN striped sleeves. Form: 25-1515 CD BF HHH Smart 6yo who is 2-4 this season and looked better than ever in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood (soft) on penultimate start, comfortably beating Sir Busker; close third in this race two years ago and lacked recent match practice when only seventh in 2019; capable of going well. Official BHA Rating 117

CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) (41)

Draw

2

B c Galileo (IRE) - Duntle (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd

2

Ryan Moore

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Colours: DARK BLUE, LIGHT BLUE cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, WHITE cap. Form: 14-1233 CD HHHH Held by Palace Pier on Jacques le Marois form and unable to retain his Prix du Moulin crown last time; however, he rallied well to win this year’s Queen Anne and take his Ascot record to 2-2; good second to Mohaather in a high-class Sussex Stakes; has form on all types of ground; possibilities back here. Official BHA Rating 120

DARK VISION (IRE) (36)

Draw

3

B c Dream Ahead (USA) - Black Dahlia (Dansili) Owner: Godolphin Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Breeder: S. F. Bloodstock LLC Sponsor: Emirates Fly Better

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 Colours: ROYAL BLUE. Form: 212161 CD

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William Buick

4

4

ESCOBAR (IRE) (14)

B g Famous Name - Saying Grace (IRE) (Brief Truce (USA)) Owner: Withernsea Thoroughbred Limited Trainer: David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Breeder: Peter Evans Sponsor: Tiffin Sandwiches Limited

Draw

HH Raced mainly on good/faster; Vintage Stakes winner as a 2yo, then drew a blank last year; back in much better form this term, winning three races including the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D and German Group 2; however, he faces a stiffer task at this level back on home soil. Official BHA Rating 113

1

Adam Kirby

5

LANCASTER HOUSE (IRE) (35)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Quiet Oasis (IRE) (Oasis Dream) Owner: Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Barronstown Stud

Draw

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 4 Colours: BLACK, YELLOW, GREEN & RED dartboard, WHITE sleeves, RED darts, RED cap. Form: 030364 CD H Won the Balmoral Handicap on this card 12 months ago (heavy ground); best efforts this season when third in two 7f Group races at Goodwood; only fourth in Redcar Listed race two weeks ago; plenty to find in this field. Official BHA Rating 105

8

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap. Form: 110-120 D HH Ballydoyle colt who did well from the front over 7f at The Curragh this summer, winning Group 3 then runner-up in Group 2; subsequent effort (back over 1m) at Leopardstown looked too bad to be true; not fully exposed but he has a bit to find on ratings in this contest. Official BHA Rating 110

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Sean Levey


LORD GLITTERS (FR) (28)

7

ROSEMAN (IRE) (90)

Draw

6

13

Daniel Tudhope

Draw

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10

Andrea Atzeni

Gr or Ro g Whipper (USA) - Lady Glitters (FR) (Homme de Loi (IRE)) Owner: Geoff & Sandra Turnbull Weight: 9 4 Horse Age: 7 Trainer: David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Colours: DARK BLUE and PINK diabolo, chevrons Breeder: S.C.A. Elevage de Tourgeville et al on sleeves, PINK cap, DARK BLUE diamond. Sponsor: Elwick Stud Form: 00-4332 CD HH Has two notable C&D wins on his CV in the 2017 Balmoral Handicap and 2019 Queen Anne; consistent in defeat this term, albeit without quite reproducing his peak form; aged seven he’s unlikely to make it third time lucky in this contest, having finished sixth in 2018 and eighth in 2019. Official BHA Rating 113

B c Kingman - Go Lovely Rose (IRE) (Pivotal) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Knocktoran Stud

Weight: 9 4 Horse Age: 4 Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap. Form: 1251-40 D HHH Lightly raced 4yo who has produced two good performances when fresh, namely Newmarket Listed win (1m, heavy; comfortably beat Century Dream) last November then fourth to Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne; below-par in French Group 1 in July; quite interesting on return from three-month layoff. Official BHA Rating 114

SIR BUSKER (IRE) (21)

Draw

8

B g Sir Prancealot (IRE) - Street Kitty (IRE) (Tiger Hill (IRE)) Owner: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds XI Racing Trainer: William Knight, Newmarket Breeder: Ms Ann Foley Sponsor: Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd

9

Oisin Murphy

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Colours: NAVY BLUE, RED and LIGHT BLUE hoop and armlets, WHITE cap. Form: 120220 CD HH Some excellent handicap form this year, including a success in the Royal Hunt Cup consolation race here, and he had an excuse (raced on unfavoured side) in the Cambridgeshire most recently; no match for Century Dream at Goodwood on sole Group start, though, and this is even more demanding. Official BHA Rating 111

THE REVENANT (GB) (14)

Draw

9

Ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Hazel Lavery (IRE) (Excellent Art) Owner: Al Asayl France Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard, France Breeder: Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd

6

Pierre-Charles Boudot

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 4 Colours: RED, BLACK stars, RED sleeves. Form: 11112-1 D

HHHH Talented gelding whose career record is 9-12, most recently recording a second success in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp on belated reappearance two weeks ago; raced only on good/softer; good second in this race last year on sole Group 1 attempt and again looks a big player. Official BHA Rating 119 Draw

10 MOLATHAM (GB) (35)

Ch c Night of Thunder (IRE) - Cantal (Pivotal) Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd

4

Dane O’Neill

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, BLACK cap. Form: 114-153 C HH Good 7f performer who won the Jersey Stakes here (soft) in June and finished third in Doncaster Group 2 last time; failed to shine over a testing 1m a year ago and has something to prove back over this trip; Jim Crowley prefers classy miler Nazeef. Official BHA Rating 111 Draw

11 NAZEEF (GB) (14)

B f Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Handassa (Dubawi (IRE)) Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited

14

Jim Crowley

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. Form: 111301 CD HHHH Highly productive filly who is 6-6 over 1m, winning Group 1 races against her own sex at Newmarket (soft/heavy) on last two attempts, latest in the Sun Chariot two weeks ago; Group 2 scorer at Royal Ascot (good); has to be feared, given her flawless record at this distance. Official BHA Rating 115 Draw

12 PALACE PIER (GB) (62)

B c Kingman - Beach Frolic (Nayef (USA)) Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Highclere Stud and Floors Farming

5

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: SILVER, tassel on cap. Form: 11-111 CD

HHHHH Unbeaten and rapidly improving colt who went from an AW handicap on reappearance to the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (good to soft), then beat a good filly (pair clear of Circus Maximus) in the Jacques le Marois on heavy ground at Deauville; comes out top on ratings and has all the right credentials; the one to beat. Official BHA Rating 126

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Frankie Dettori


Draw

13 ROYAL DORNOCH (IRE) (35)

7

Colin Keane

Draw

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3

Tom Marquand

B c Gleneagles (IRE) - Bridal Dance (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Weight: 9 1 Horse Age: 3 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Colours: ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, Breeder: Barronstown Stud striped sleeves and cap. Form: 51-0014 D H One of three runners for Aidan O’Brien; back in better form at Leopardstown (1m, good) the last twice, winning a Group 3 then fourth in Group 2; has struggled in his three attempts at Group 1 level and can be opposed in this line-up. Official BHA Rating 110

14 VERACIOUS (GB) (14)

B m Frankel - Infallible (Pivotal) Owner: Cheveley Park Stud Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Sponsor: Cheveley Park Stud

Weight: 9 1 Horse Age: 5 Colours: RED, WHITE sash, ROYAL BLUE cap. Form: 4124-10 D

HH Did well to finish fourth in this contest 12 months ago, having done plenty up front; won the Falmouth two starts earlier; however, not in that form in two runs this season, winning Haydock Listed event (didn’t need to be at her best) then ninth to Nazeef in the Sun Chariot; needs a revival. Official BHA Rating 110

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 14 (EXACTA) Hood worn by No. 9. Blinkers worn by No. 2. Tongue Strap worn by No. 1, 4, 13, 14. Record Time: 1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17 Median Time: 1 min 41.40 secs 2019: KING OF CHANGE 3 9 1 Sean Levey 12-1 (Richard Hannon) 16 ran

THE RESULT

2ND:

WINNER:

3RD:

DISTANCE:

TIME:

4TH:

RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST: 4/6 Palace Pier, 4/1 The Revenant, 8/1 Circus Maximus, 10/1 Nazeef, 16/1 Century Dream, Lord Glitters, 25/1 Roseman, Veracious, 33/1 Dark Vision, Molatham, Sir Busker, 40/1 Lancaster House, 50/1 Royal Dornoch, 66/1 Escobar.

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QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner, with a replica for the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A ÂŁ250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse.

British Champions Series

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THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES

HISTORY OF THE RACE

Following on from iconic races like the Investec Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, the QIPCO Champion Stakes provides a pulsating showdown in the QIPCO British Champions Series Middle Distance division.

The race brought its great heritage with it from Newmarket, where it had been run from its inception in 1877 until 2010. But it’s move to QIPCO British Champions Day in 2011 has seen some remarkable performances and has further enhanced its status. Each of the nine renewals in the race’s new surroundings have produced top quality fields and thrilling finishes. The first set the bar high, with French raider Cirrus Des Aigles getting the better of Aussie superstar So You Think, with two champion mares, Snow Fairy and Midday, further behind. For quality and drama, few races could ever match the 2012 running, when Frankel rounded off his unbeaten career with another magnificent win, his 14th in a row. In 2016, Almanzor completed a stunning sequence of five victories with a dramatic defeat of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe winner, Found, to provide French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget with his first and Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon with his second win in the race. Cracksman, son of Frankel, won back-to-back renewals in 2017 and 2018 by a combined distance of 13 lengths, and in doing so became the first horse to win the same race twice at QIPCO British Champions Day. In 2019 the tough mare Magical showed her class to get the better of Addeybb and secure her second win at QIPCO British Champions Day.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

PRIZE MONEY

1 Mile about 2 Furlongs

2019: Magical

Overall: £750,000

2018: Cracksman 2017: Cracksman

1st: £425,325

2016: Almanzor

2nd: £161,250

2015: Fascinating Rock

3rd: £80,700

2014: Noble Mission 2013: Farhh

4th: £40,200

2012: Frankel

5th: £20,175

2011: Cirrus des Aigles

6th: £10,125


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

ADDEYBB

Sex: Gelding Colour: Chestnut Age: 6 Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Sire-Dam: Pivotal - Bush Cat (USA) Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited Info: The soft-ground loving Addeybb beat all bar Magical in last year’s running of the QIPCO Champion Stakes and has continued to flourish this year, winning successive Group 1 prizes in Australia in the spring. He marked his return to these shores by finishing second to Lord North in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and on his latest start showed typical determination to go one better in Listed company at Ayr. He’s tremendously consistent and again seems sure to be in the thick of the action.

MAGICAL

Sex: Mare Colour: Bay Age: 5 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Owner: Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor Sire-Dam: Galileo (IRE) – Halfway To Heaven (IRE) Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt Info: No horse has ever won three times on QIPCO British Champions Day but few people would bet against Magical achieving the feat. The daughter of Galileo won the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes two years ago and 12 months ago returned to land this prize. Connections initially retired her, but the decision to delay her second career as a broodmare this term has been fully vindicated with three more Group 1 victories (taking her haul to seven) being achieved. She’s admirably consistent and versatile regarding the ground and was last seen beating Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes.

MISHRIFF

Sex: Colt Colour: Bay Age: 3 Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Prince A A Faisal Sire-Dam: Make Believe – Contradict Breeder: Nawara Stud Limited Info: Mishriff has thrived on his racing this year, looking ideally served by today’s trip of a mile and a quarter. The form of his victory in a Listed race at Newmarket in early June proved extremely strong and he then became the first British-trained colt since 2014 to win the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly. On his latest start, he returned to France to win a Group 2 prize in emphatic style at Deauville. Seemingly at home on any type of ground, another bold bid seems assured.

AIDAN O’BRIEN (TRAINER) ON MAGICAL

She’s in good form and she ran in this race last year and loved it. It was a great race the last day, they went a nice even pace and she was happy to make the running or get a lead.


THE MIDDLE DISTANCE SERIES 3.40: THE QIPCO

CHAMPION C STAKES (CLASS 1)) (GROUP ( 1) (1M 2F) £750,000 PRIZE MONEY

CATEGORY LEADERS 1 2 3 4

Ghaiyyath (IRE) Enable Lord North (IRE) Magical (IRE)

Rating 130 Rating 125

Rating 123 Rating 121

The category rankings use the official performance ratings awarded by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers to the first three horses to finish in each QIPCO British Champions Series race.

THE HURWORTH BLOODSTOCK CORONATION CUP NEWMARKET ROWLEY MILE, 5TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 4F) £110,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: GHAIYYATH (IRE) 11/10F 2nd: Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) 11/2 3rd: Stradivarius (IRE) 4/1 A dominant front-running display from Ghaiyyath, who attacked with exuberance from the outset, broke from the stalls well and ran his rivals into submission. The Godolphin-owned five-year-old won in a course record time. His jockey, William Buick, said: “He's a very explosive horse with a great cruising speed. He's incredibly genuine and puts everything in to everything he does.” 2019 Investec Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck was beaten by two-anda-half lengths in second, with three-time Gold Cup hero Stradivarius an honourable third.

THE PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES

ROYAL ASCOT, 17TH JUNE

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 2F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: LORD NORTH (IRE) 5/1 2nd: Addeybb (IRE) 7/2 3rd: Barney Roy 8/1 A coming-of-age for the progressive Lord North, who streaked clear after leading a furlong out having been held up throughout. The four-year-old won by three-andthree-quarter lengths. Addeybb, runner-up in the QIPCO Champion Stakes the previous year, again had to settle for second, with Barney Roy holding off Japan, the favourite, for third. John Gosden revealed a gelding operation had transformed Lord North. A tilt at this year's QIPCO Champion Stakes has always been on the agenda.


THE INVESTEC DERBY

EPSOM DOWNS, 4TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 4F) £500,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: SERPENTINE (IRE) 25/1 2nd: Khalifa Sat (IRE) 50/1 3rd: Amhran Na Bhfiann (IRE) 66/1 A remarkable running of the premier Classic with the unconsidered Serpentine, who had lost his maiden tag just a week earlier, soon establishing a clear lead and barely seeing another rival. With three furlongs to travel Serpentine was a dozen lengths clear and still galloping strongly under Emmet McNamara, one of six jockeys having his first ride in the race. The pack did belatedly close but Serpentine still had five-and-a-half lengths to spare at the finish. Outsiders chased the winner home, with Kameko, the 5/2 favourite, in fourth. An unlikely outcome but excellent story nonetheless.

THE CORAL-ECLIPSE SANDOWN PARK, 5TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 2F) £250,000 PRIZE MONEY

1st: GHAIYYATH (IRE) 9/4 2nd: Enable EvensF 3rd: Japan 6/1 Three-year-olds were excluded but that didn’t detract, with two of the highest-rated horses in the world, Enable and Ghaiyyath, crossing swords. The former went off favourite but she was running for the first time since October and the race-fit Ghaiyyath took full advantage, making all at a good tempo and readily fending Enable off at the finish. Japan added substance to the form in third. After the race, Ghaiyyath’s trainer Charlie Appleby said “Ghaiyyath and Enable battling up the straight was a good spectacle and I’m very proud to have been part of it”.

THE KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH QIPCO STAKES ASCOT, 25TH JULY

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 4F) £400,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: ENABLE 4/9F 2nd: Sovereign (IRE) 12/1 3rd: Japan 5/2 An historic day with Enable becoming the first horse to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes on three occasions. She faced only two rivals but was imperious, breezing to a five-and-a-half length win over Sovereign, winner of the Irish Derby the previous summer. The win was an excellent way to bounce back from defeat in the Coral-Eclipse and showcased all the talent racing’s favourite mare still possessed. Japan was a distant third on ground deemed to be unsuitable.

THE JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES YORK, 19TH AUGUST

(CLASS 1) (GROUP 1) (1M 2 1/2F) £275,000 PRIZE MONEY 1st: GHAIYYATH (IRE) 11/8F 2nd: Magical (IRE) 9/4 3rd: Lord North (IRE) 4/1 A third dazzling exhibition of front-running by Ghaiyyath this summer as he again galloped top-class opposition into submission. Galloping powerfully to the line, he won by three lengths under regular rider William Buick from seven-time Group 1 winner Magical, with runaway Prince of Wales’s winner Lord North another length-and-a-quarter back in third and Kameko, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero, in fourth. Afterwards, Ghaiyyath’s official rating was elevated to 130 – making him the highest-rated turf horse in the world.


FIFTH RACE 3.40PM THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (CLASS 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS MIDDLE DISTANCE) (GROUP 1) ONE MILE ABT TWO FURLONGS (9F ABT 212YDS) (1,900 metres) For three yrs old and upwards. Total race value £750000 Owners Prize Money. Winner £334200; Second £137175; Third £68625; Fourth £34275; Fifth £17175; Sixth £8550. (Penalty Value £425325) A SS

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Inside

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

Horse

1

ADDEYBB (IRE) (28)

Draw Draw

No

Ch g Pivotal - Bush Cat (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Trainer: William Haggas, Newmarket Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

11

Jockey Tom Marquand

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 5 Colours: YELLOW, BLACK epaulets. Form: 12-1121 CD

DESERT ENCOUNTER (IRE) (8)

3

EXTRA ELUSIVE (GB) (28)

Draw

2

8

Jim Crowley

Draw

HHH Never quite got on terms with Magical when they battled it out up the straight in this race last year on soft; good ground was probably not ideal when C&D second to Lord North in June and although he won a strong Listed race at Ayr four weeks ago, this is a stronger renewal than last year’s Champion Stakes. Official BHA Rating 122

3

Hollie Doyle

B g Halling (USA) - La Chicana (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Owner: Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: David Simcock, Newmarket Colours: YELLOW, DARK BLUE sleeves, Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud YELLOW stars, YELLOW cap, DARK BLUE star. Form: 032322 CD H Won 1m4f Grade 1 Canadian International in October 2018 and 2019 and has run consistently well in defeat over 1m3f/1m4f in Group/ Listed races on last five starts; seen much less often at 1m2f these days and, although he acts on soft, he’s unlikely to improve on his fifth in this race in 2017. Official BHA Rating 111

Ch g Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Nessina (USA) (Hennessy (USA)) Owner: Mr Imad Alsagar Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Roger Charlton, Beckhampton Colours: DARK GREEN, WHITE stars on sleeves. Breeder: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Form: 652113 D BF Sponsor: Blue Diamond Stud Farm

4

JAPAN (GB) (35)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Shastye (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: M Matsushima/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Newsells Park Stud

Draw

HH Raised his game with 1m2f Group 3 wins at Haydock (from the front) and Windsor (on soft) in August; not so hot when third of four at Newbury on latest start, though, and even that previous form makes him look up against it in today’s company. Official BHA Rating 115

2

Colin Keane

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Colours: GREY and WHITE check, striped sleeves, WHITE cap. Form: 14-4335 CD HHH Excellent 3yo season included a Group 2 romp at Royal Ascot, Group 1 wins over 1m2f and 1m4f, and a creditable fourth on very soft ground in the Arc; has shown his form only once (second start) from four starts this term, though, which gives others more pressing claims this time. Official BHA Rating 121

LORD NORTH (IRE) (59)

Draw

5

7

B g Dubawi (IRE) - Najoum (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) Owner: HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE chevron, Breeder: Godolphin ROYAL BLUE cap, WHITE star. Form: 121-113 CD HHHH Acts on heavy; completed three wins in a row when far too strong for Addeybb in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good) in June; fair third of five just behind Magical at York two months ago on his only start since, which he needs to put behind him but he’s a leading contender if returning to his peak form and that was registered over C&D. Official BHA Rating 123

62

James Doyle


THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES

MAGICAL, RIDDEN BY DONNACHA O’BRIEN, WINS LAST YEAR POLAR FALCON (USA) PIVOTAL FEARLESS REVIVAL KINGMAMBO (USA) BUSH CAT (USA) ARBUSHA (USA)

DIESIS

HALLING (USA)

DANCE MACHINE

LA CHICANA (IRE)

MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE)

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) ALWAYS FRIENDLY

DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) STARLIGHT DREAMS (USA) HENNESSY (USA)

NESSINA (USA)

DIDINA

SADLER’S WELLS (USA) GALILEO (IRE)

URBAN SEA (USA) DANEHILL (USA)

SHASTYE (IRE)

SAGANECA (USA)

DUBAI MILLENNIUM

DUBAWI (IRE)

NAJOUM (USA)

ZOMARADAH GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (USA) DIVINE DIXIE (USA)

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NUREYEV (USA) MARIE D’ARGONNE (FR) COZZENE (USA) STUFIDA MR PROSPECTOR (USA) MIESQUE (USA) DANZIG (USA) LULU MON AMOUR (USA) SHARPEN UP DOUBLY SURE GREEN DANCER (USA) NEVER A LADY GREEN DESERT (USA) RAFHA HIGH LINE WISE SPECULATION (USA) DANEHILL (USA) MIRA ADONDE (USA) BLACK TIE AFFAIR REVES CELESTES (USA) STORM CAT (USA) ISLAND KITTY (USA) NASHWAN (USA) DIDICOY (USA) NORTHERN DANCER FAIRY BRIDGE (USA) MISWAKI (USA) ALLEGRETTA DANZIG (USA) RAZYANA (USA) SAGACE (FR) HAGLETTE (USA) SEEKING THE GOLD (USA) COLORADO DANCER DEPLOY JAWAHER (IRE) STORM CAT (USA) MARIAH’S STORM (USA) DIXIELAND BAND (USA) HAIL ATLANTIS (USA)


6

SAN DONATO (IRE) (28)

7

SKALLETI (FR) (14)

Draw

THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES 10

Draw

B c Lope de Vega (IRE) - Boston Rocker (IRE) (Acclamation) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Weight: 9 5 Horse Age: 4 Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots Breeder: J. Hanly, A. Stroud & Skymarc Farm and spots on cap. Form: 1/3-2603 H Acts on heavy going; runner-up in 1m Group 2 here on reappearance; back near that form when upped to 1m2f in Ayr Listed race four weeks ago but he travelled best before ending up 3l behind Addeybb, so it’s very hard to see him staying on strongly enough in this much stronger company. Official BHA Rating 113

Andrea Atzeni

1 Pierre-Charles Boudot

B or Br g Kendargent (FR) - Skallet (FR) (Muhaymin (USA)) Owner: Mr J. C. Seroul Weight: 9 5 Horse Age: 5 Trainer: J. Reynier, France Colours: GREY, ORANGE hoops, sleeves and cap. Breeder: Guy Pariente Holding Form: 11-3311 D HHHHH French-trained 5yo who has won 12 of 15 starts; ridden from towards the rear on last seven starts and he won all four of those when at 1m2f, including from subsequent Arc winner Sottsass (who gave 6lb) on penultimate start and in last two renewals of the Group 2 Prix Dollar at the Arc meeting; there was a lot to like about the manner of those wins and, although this is his first crack at a Group 1, he is one to take very seriously. Official BHA Rating 116

MAGICAL (IRE) (35)

Draw

8

B m Galileo (IRE) - Halfway To Heaven (IRE) (Pivotal) Owner: Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt

6

Ryan Moore

Weight: 9 2 Horse Age: 5 Colours: PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, PURPLE cap. Form: 51-1121 CD HHHH Wonderful mare who has won seven Group 1s, including this race on soft ground last year and three of her four starts this season; no match for 2020 star Ghaiyyath at York in August but she turned the tables at Leopardstown; looks sure to be bang there. Official BHA Rating 121

MISHRIFF (IRE) (63)

Draw

9

B c Make Believe - Contradict (Raven’s Pass (USA)) Owner: Prince A. A. Faisal Trainer: John Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Nawara Stud Limited

9

Frankie Dettori

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: MAROON, GREY epaulets. Form: 31-2111 D

HHHH Well on top in a Newmarket Listed race in June, very good once in the clear in the 10.5f French Derby (good to soft) in July and asserted well in a Deauville Group 2 on heavy going in August; that hat-trick, with the chance he could still do better, puts him high on the list. Official BHA Rating 121 Draw

10 PYLEDRIVER (GB) (35)

B c Harbour Watch (IRE) - La Pyle (FR) (Le Havre (IRE)) Owner: La Pyle Partnership Trainer: William Muir, Lambourn Breeder: Knox & Wells Limited & R. Devlin Sponsor: The Print Consultancy Woking

4

Martin Dwyer

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, WHITE disc and sleeves, RED cap. Form: 0-21013 C HHH Won on soft as 2yo, unraced on it since; won King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and he was in another class to his rivals at York (1m4f again) in the Great Voltigeur, sweeping through to go clear over 1f out; while first Group 1 assignment was a write-off in the Derby, he was not at all discredited in the St Leger five weeks ago considering the 14.5f; 1m2f is an ambitious move but he’s been seriously underestimated twice already this season. Official BHA Rating 119 Draw

11 SERPENTINE (IRE) (34)

Ch c Galileo (IRE) - Remember When (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Colours: DARK BLUE. Breeder: Coolmore Form: 0-5114 D

5

1

HHH Sole start as 2yo was on soft, when well beaten; wore cheekpieces on last three starts, setting up a huge lead before the straight in the Derby at Epsom and nothing was ever going to bridge that; probably needed the race at Longchamp in September, so exactly how good he was in the Derby has not been proved; one thing’s for certain, though, they won’t want to give him much rope round the home turn this time. Official BHA Rating 120

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 11 (EXACTA) Hood worn by No. 2. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 1, 11. Record Time: 2 mins 1.90 secs by The Fugue age 5 wt 8-11 good to firm, 18/06/14 Median Time: 2 mins 7.70 secs 2019: MAGICAL (IRE) 4 9 2 Donnacha O’Brien EVENS (Aidan O’Brien) 9 ran

64

William Buick


THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES SHAMARDAL (USA)

LOPE DE VEGA (IRE)

LADY VETTORI ACCLAMATION

BOSTON ROCKER (IRE)

ROCKING

KENDOR (FR)

KENDARGENT (FR)

PAX BELLA (FR) MUHAYMIN (USA)

SKALLET (FR)

GALILEO (IRE)

SIRAN (FR)

SADLER’S WELLS (USA) URBAN SEA (USA) PIVOTAL

HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE)

CASSANDRA GO (IRE)

MAKFI

MAKE BELIEVE

ROSIE’S POSY (IRE) RAVEN’S PASS (USA)

CONTRADICT

ACTS OF GRACE (USA)

ACCLAMATION

HARBOUR WATCH (IRE)

GORBAND (USA) LE HAVRE (IRE)

LA PYLE (FR)

GALILEO (IRE)

LIDANA (IRE)

SADLER’S WELLS (USA) URBAN SEA (USA) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) REMEMBER WHEN (IRE)

LAGRION (USA)

THE RESULT

2ND:

WINNER:

3RD:

DISTANCE:

TIME:

4TH:

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GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (USA) HELSINKI VETTORI (IRE) LADY GOLCONDA (FR) ROYAL APPLAUSE PRINCESS ATHENA OASIS DREAM COUNCIL ROCK KENMARE (FR) BELLE MECENE (FR) LINAMIX (FR) PALAVERA (FR) A P INDY (USA) SHADAYID (USA) R B CHESNE SURUBINHA (FR) NORTHERN DANCER FAIRY BRIDGE (USA) MISWAKI (USA) ALLEGRETTA POLAR FALCON (USA) FEARLESS REVIVAL INDIAN RIDGE RAHAAM (USA) DUBAWI (IRE) DHELAAL SUAVE DANCER (USA) MY BRANCH ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) ASCUTNEY (USA) BAHRI (USA) RAFHA ROYAL APPLAUSE PRINCESS ATHENA WOODMAN (USA) SHEROOG (USA) NOVERRE (USA) MARIE RHEINBERG (GER) KING’S BEST (USA) LIDAKIYA (IRE) NORTHERN DANCER FAIRY BRIDGE (USA) MISWAKI (USA) ALLEGRETTA DANEHILL (USA) MIRA ADONDE (USA) DIESIS WRAP IT UP


THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES

RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Magical, 3/1 Mishriff, 13/2 Lord North, 8/1 Addeybb, 9/1 Skalleti, 10/1 Japan, 12/1 Pyledriver, 14/1 Serpentine, 40/1 Extra Elusive, 66/1 Desert Encounter, San Donato.

QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race and will present a specially commissioned trophy to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A ÂŁ250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse.

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THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO)

HISTORY OF THE RACE

Named after the castle in Scotland that has belonged to the British Royal Family since it was purchased by Prince Albert in 1852, the Balmoral Handicap (sponsored by QIPCO) was inaugurated in 2014. A race known as the Balmoral Handicap had previously been staged over five furlongs at the Royal Meeting but was discontinued in 2004 in favour of the new Windsor Forest Stakes for fillies and mares. The Ascot Executive always intended to bring the name back when the appropriate opportunity arose, and Her Majesty The Queen graciously consented to it being re-introduced on QIPCO British Champions Day. The Balmoral Handicap, with its £100,000 race value, has quickly become established as one of the most prestigious events of its kind anywhere in Europe. In its inaugural running, the race could not have had a more popular winner than Marcus Tregoning’s Bronze Angel, twice the winner of the Cambridgeshire. In 2017, Lord Glitters secured victory for David O’Meara and subsequently went on to secure his first Group 1 at Royal Ascot in 2019 in the Queen Anne Stakes. The 2019 Balmoral was won by another horse trained by David O’Meara, Escobar, who came from off the pace late to assert close home. Second place went to Lord North who went on to secure the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020.

RACE DISTANCE

PREVIOUS WINNERS

1 Mile

2019: Escobar 2018: Sharja Bridge 2017: Lord Glitters 2016: Yuften

PRIZE MONEY Overall: £100,000 1st: £62,250 2nd: £18,640 3rd: £9,320 4th: £4,660

2015: Musaddas

5th: £2,330

2014: Bronze Angel

6th: £1,170


LEADING CONTENDERS

ONES TO WATCH

RAAEQ

Sex: Colt Colour: Bay Age: 3 Trainer: Brian Meehan Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum Sire-Dam: Kingman - Jamaayel Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited Info: A progressive season for the Brian Meehan-trained colt has seen him finish second on his reappearance at Sandown, before back-to-back victories on his last two starts. The latter of those two victories was a commanding success here, cruising clear of the field to win by five lengths. That win saw his official rating hiked by 11lbs to 108, but will be running of 103 here today and it’s easy to see why he is prominent in today’s market.

BELL ROCK

Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay Sire-Dam: Kingman - Liberally (IRE) Breeder: Andrew Rosen Info: The lightly raced Bell Rock won at 33/1 on his debut at Newmarket two years ago and traded at 99/1 in-running when achieving another win on the Rowley Mile in June. He is unlikely to be fancy odds this afternoon after excellent runs in competitive big-field handicaps on his past three starts at Royal Ascot, Goodwood and Newmarket. On his latest start he finished third in the bet365 Cambridgeshire and it would be no surprise if the gelded son of Kingman again made his presence felt here.

KYNREN

Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay Age: 6 Trainer: David Barron Owner: Elliot Brothers & Peacock & Partner Sire-Dam: Clodovil (IRE) – Art of Gold Breeder: Rathasker Stud Info: Will Kynren make it third time lucky in today’s Balmoral Handicap? He was a well-fancied 6/1 chance for the 2018 running and finished a close fifth. Last year, he went off the same price and came sixth. He’s also run in the past two renewals of the Royal Hunt Cup, finishing a fine fifth on one of those occasions. He’s had a light campaign but shaped really well when fifth in the QTS Ayr Gold Cup over six furlongs, his first outing since having a wind operation. He seems effective on all types of ground.

NJORD

Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay Age: 4 Trainer: Jessica Harrington Owner: Blessingndisguise Partnership Sire-Dam: Roderic O’Connor (IRE) – Rosalind Franklin Breeder: Mrs Eithne McDonnell Info: Irish challenger Njord was a striking winner at The Curragh in late June and has since been running excellent races in defeat. He twice went close at the Galway Festival (beaten a nose and then a neck in big fields) before finishing a close fifth in the Irish Cambridgeshire in late August. It seems only a matter of time before the four-year-old wins a big handicap and he should not be marked down too much for his latest fourth in Listed company at Listowel.


SIXTH RACE 4.15PM THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) (SPONSORED BY QIPCO) ONE MILE (1,600 metres), ROYAL HUNT CUP COURSE (8F) For three yrs old and upwards. Total race value £100000 Owners Prize Money. Winner £48560; Second £16230; Third £8110; Fourth £4060; Fifth £2030; Sixth £1010. (Penalty Value £62250) Weights raised 3lb and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 16 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS

RACE

RACE

FINISH

START

Stalls: Farside

See page 78 for conditions of this race.

Horse

1

RAISING SAND (GB) (122)

Draw

Jockey

Saffie 17 Osborne (7)

Draw

No

B g Oasis Dream - Balalaika (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Owner: Nick Bradley Racing 22 & Partner Trainer: Jamie Osborne, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Meon Valley Stud Sponsor: Tote

Weight: 9 10 Horse Age: 8 Colours: WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, WHITE cap, BLACK star. Form: 31300-0 CD HHH Has frequently run well in top 7f/1m handicaps here and his last three wins have come at this venue (soft/good to soft); creditable eighth in Royal Hunt Cup over C&D (good) on sole run this year, when much the best of the four-strong far-side group; remains 4lb above last winning mark but 7lb claimer Saffie Osborne is making a good impression; could be thereabouts. Official BHA Rating 107

PRINCE EIJI (GB) (56)

Draw

2

Ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Izzi Top (Pivotal) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Meon Valley Stud

8

Andrea Atzeni

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 10 Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap. Form: 3-44420 C HHHHH Made it 0-9 since 2018 debut win here when tailed off in York Group 3 (1m1f, good to soft) in August; however, has had a break since and his fourth place in the Listed Wolferton Stakes (1m2f, soft) at Royal Ascot was an eyecatching performance in today’s context, as he was in front 2f out before fading against some classy types; interesting now making handicap debut at 1m. Official BHA Rating 107

KYNREN (IRE) (7)

Draw

3

B g Clodovil (IRE) - Art of Gold (Excellent Art) Owner: Elliott Brothers & Peacock & Partner Trainer: David Barron, Thirsk Breeder: Rathasker Stud Sponsor: Ebac Ltd

13

Ben Curtis

Weight: 9 8 Horse Age: 6 Colours: LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE (quartered), ROYAL BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE stars, ROYAL BLUE cap, LIGHT BLUE star. CD Form: 16-0050 HHH First crack at 6f when fifth in Ayr Gold Cup but couldn’t get into it over same trip at York last week; some top 7f/1m handicap form here over last few years (course winner on soft) and could be in the mix now back up in trip. Official BHA Rating 105 (-1)

GRAIGNES (FR) (42)

Draw

4

B c Zoffany (IRE) - Grey Anatomy (Slickly (FR)) Owner: FTP Equine Holdings Ltd Trainer: George Baker, Chiddingfold Breeder: Societe Civile Ecurie Euroling Sponsor: Elevage D’Yllome

10

Nicola Currie

5

KEATS (IRE) (18)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Airwave (Air Express (IRE)) Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder: Coolmore

(in 6lb ex) Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 7 Colours: DARK BLUE. Form: 134021 D

Draw

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 7 Colours: DARK BLUE, WHITE chevron, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap. Form: 25-0045 HHHH Hold-up horse who hasn’t been at his best for a new yard this year, but the race wasn’t run to suit in Haydock Group 3 last time and he caught the eye keeping on into eighth in Goodwood Group 2 (7f, good) in July; well handicapped on best form in France (Group 3 runner-up), where he was effective on testing ground at up to 1m, and this big-field scenario could be ideal. Official BHA Rating 104

21

HHH Third win of year when Listed scorer at Cork (1m, good) recently; 6lb penalty demands a career best and best form thus far has been on good going, but this 3yo is unexposed at 1m and there could be more to come for top trainer. Official BHA Rating 101

72

Ryan Moore


6

ORBAAN (GB) (43)

B g Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Contradict (Raven’s Pass (USA)) Owner: JCG Chua & CK Ong Trainer: David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Breeder: Nawara Stud Limited Sponsor: Andrews Bowen Ltd

Draw

THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO) 20

Daniel Tudhope

Weight: 9 6 Horse Age: 5 Colours: DARK GREEN and PINK (quartered), GREY sleeves. Form: 014004 D HHH Ex-French 5yo who won on second stable start at York (1m, good to soft) in July and kept on into fourth of eight over C&D (good) latest; could improve granted stronger pace in this big field and is respected for trainer who has won two of the last three runnings; showed promise on very soft in France. Official BHA Rating 103

BELL ROCK (GB) (21)

Draw

7

B g Kingman - Liberally (IRE) (Statue of Liberty (USA)) Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: Andrew Rosen Sponsor: JMH Group

9

Oisin Murphy

Weight: 9 6 Horse Age: 4 Colours: PINK, EMERALD GREEN chevron, halved sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and PINK quartered cap. Form: 06-1633 D HHH Fair sixth in Royal Hunt Cup over C&D in June and, while no match for the winner in the Cambridgeshire three weeks ago, that third place was still a good run; same mark today and this lightly raced 4yo could go well in first-time cheekpieces, if he handles the ground (unraced on slower than good). Official BHA Rating 103

SOLID STONE (IRE) (21)

Draw

8

Br g Shamardal (USA) - Landmark (USA) (Arch (USA)) Owner: Mr Saeed Suhail Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd

7

Hollie Doyle

NJORD (IRE) (25)

Draw

9

4

Tom Marquand

Draw

Weight: 9 6 Horse Age: 4 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW chevron, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE spots. Form: 23-1031 D HHH Two wins (1m/1m2f, good/AW) from four starts this season, including last time out; in a hotter race today on a different surface, but showed promise on slow ground early in career and he could be just the type to keep on improving for Sir Michael Stoute; not ruled out. Official BHA Rating 103

1

David Probert

B g Roderic O’Connor (IRE) - Rosalind Franklin (Intikhab (USA)) Owner: Blessingndisguise Partnership Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland Colours: RED, WHITE star, RED sleeves, Breeder: Mrs Eithne McDonnell WHITE stars, striped cap. Form: 012254 D BF HHH Progressive this year and denied a clear run when close fifth of 20 in Irish Cambridgeshire (1m, heavy) two starts ago; Listowel Listed race was not run to suit last time and he’s not ruled out now back in a big-field handicap. Official BHA Rating 102

10 SYMBOLIZE (IRE) (29)

Ch c Starspangledbanner (AUS) - French Flirt (Peintre Celebre (USA)) Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 4 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: DARK BLUE, large YELLOW spots. Breeder: Dc Investments Ltd Form: 5-34320

HHHH Down the field in Newbury Listed event (7f, good) last time but his very best form has come on soft, including a staying-on third in 7f Group 3 here in June; this first crack at 1m is well worth a go and he’s considered. Official BHA Rating 104

Draw

11 GREENSIDE (GB) (7)

B g Dubawi (IRE) - Katrina (IRE) (Ela-Mana-Mou) Owner: Clayton, Frost, Kebell & Turner Trainer: Henry Candy, Wantage Breeder: Lordship Stud Sponsor: Tote

2

Marco Ghiani (5)

12 RAAKIB ALHAWA (IRE) (90)

B g Kingman - Starlet (IRE) (Sea The Stars (IRE)) Owner: Mr Khalifa Dasmal Trainer: David Simcock, Newmarket Breeder: Springbank Way Stud Sponsor: Al Basti Equiworld

Draw

Horse Age: 9 Weight: 9 4 Colours: RED, WHITE diamond, WHITE sleeves, RED spots. Form: 52-0136 D HHH Five-time 1m winner who was a fine second over 7f here (soft) last October and won at Haydock (7f, soft) in July; beaten the next twice and this 9yo remains on a career-high mark, but his last-time-out sixth at York was a creditable run given it was 6f; each-way possibilities now back up to 1m. Official BHA Rating 101 (-1)

12

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 3 Colours: PINK, EMERALD GREEN epaulets and armlets, hooped cap. Form: 0515-00 D H 11.4f Listed winner last August and well handicapped on that form; however, tailed off on both runs (1m4f/1m2f) this year and a dramatic turnaround is needed now down in trip on his first start since being gelded. Official BHA Rating 100

73

Stevie Donohoe


THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO) Draw

13 KING OTTOKAR (FR) (35)

B g Motivator - Treasure (FR) (Anabaa (USA)) Owner: Mrs Susan Roy Weight: 9 Horse Age: 4 Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Newmarket Colours: MAUVE. Breeder: E.A.R.L. Haras Du Quesnay Form: 35-5055 Sponsor: Charlie Fellowes Racing, UK Meds Direct Limited

22

James Doyle

3

HHH Third in Group 3 Hampton Court here at last year’s Royal meeting (1m2f, soft) and was denied a clear run when fifth on last month’s handicap debut at Doncaster (1m), his first encounter with ground as fast as good; could have a part to play, granted a clear passage, now back on a slow surface. Official BHA Rating 100 Draw

14 ROPEY GUEST (GB) (51)

B c Cable Bay (IRE) - Hadeeya (Oratorio (IRE)) Owner: John Guest Racing Trainer: George Margarson, Newmarket Breeder: Mrs S. Hamilton & Kirtlington Stud Ltd

3

Tom Queally

Weight: 9 3 Horse Age: 3 Colours: WHITE, ROYAL BLUE hoop, diabolo on sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap. Form: 332-431 HHH 0-12 until getting off the mark in Chelmsford novice in August last time out, and didn’t have to be at his best; however, produced several good runs in Group and Listed races, with two of the best coming here (including on soft), and he isn’t ruled out each-way on this handicap debut. Official BHA Rating 103 Draw

15 BLUE MIST (GB) (42)

23

Ch g Makfi - Namaskar (Dansili) Owner: Mr K. Abdullah Trainer: Roger Charlton, Beckhampton Breeder: Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd Sponsor: Juddmonte Farms Inc

William Buick

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 3 Colours: GREEN, PINK sash, WHITE sleeves. Form: 36-2010 CD BF

Draw

16 RAAEQ (IRE) (15)

B c Kingman - Jamaayel (Shamardal (USA)) Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Trainer: Brian Meehan, Manton Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited

5

Jim Crowley

Draw

HH Likes it here and won International Handicap over 7f (good to firm) in July; stays 1m and effective on soft ground, but his high draw was an advantage for that victory and he was mid-division off 6lb higher back here (7f, good) last time; just 1lb lower today. Official BHA Rating 100 (-1)

6

Jason Watson

(in 6lb ex) Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. Form: 21-211 CD HHHH Won Sandown handicap (1m, good) last month and followed up in fine style here (7f, soft) 15 days ago, making it three wins from just five starts; in a much hotter race today but 5lb ahead of the handicapper under his 6lb penalty, and this lightly raced 3yo is open to further improvement. Official BHA Rating 97 (+11)

17 TEMPUS (GB) (21)

B c Kingman - Passage of Time (Dansili) Owner: Mr K. Abdullah Trainer: Roger Charlton, Beckhampton Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd Sponsor: Juddmonte Farms Inc

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 2 Colours: GREEN, PINK sash and cap, WHITE sleeves. Form: 114-116 CD BF HHH Made it four wins from six starts with something to spare over C&D last month (good; has also won on heavy); possible there is still more to come from this well-bred 4yo and his sixth in the Cambridgeshire (1m1f, good) was still a fair run, but he needs something extra to return to winning ways today. Official BHA Rating 99 Draw

18 RIVER NYMPH (GB) (62)

B c Cable Bay (IRE) - Little Nymph (Emperor Fountain) Owner: Mr Trevor Fox Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Breeder: Mr T. H. S. Fox Sponsor: Clive Cox Racing Limited

14

Adam Kirby

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: BLACK, YELLOW and WHITE striped sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap. Form: 21-3011 C HHH Back to form when winning here (7f, good) in July and again had something to spare when following up at Newbury (7f, soft) in August; has shot up the weights and is tackling a new trip but he was strong at the finish last time and that form is working out really well; respected. Official BHA Rating 101 Draw

19 HORTZADAR (GB) (8)

11

B g Sepoy (AUS) - Clouds of Magellan (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) Owner: Akela Construction Ltd Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 1 Trainer: David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Colours: LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE seams, Breeder: The Aston House Stud diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap. Sponsor: Akela Plant Hire Ltd Form: 533110 D HH One of two for trainer who has won two of the last three runnings and Jamie Spencer excels on the straight course here; two consecutive wins in August/September (1m, soft/good to soft) but mid-division off this career-high mark at York (1m, soft) last Friday; looks vulnerable once more. Official BHA Rating 98

74

Jamie Spencer


THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (SPONSORED BY QIPCO) Draw

20 ALTERNATIVE FACT (GB) (8)

B g Dalakhani (IRE) - O Fourlunda (Halling (USA)) Owner: The Alternative Lot Trainer: Ed Dunlop, Newmarket Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited Sponsor: Ed Dunlop Racing Ltd

16

Frankie Dettori

Weight: 9 0 Horse Age: 5 Colours: GREY, PINK armlets, PINK cap. Form: 312026 D

HHH In good form in 1m handicaps this year and came from a long way back when a creditable sixth at York (1m, soft) last Friday, so that run can be upgraded; could go well under Frankie Dettori, who was on board for his third place in the Silver Hunt Cup over C&D in June. Official BHA Rating 97

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 23 (EXACTA) Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 7. Hood worn by No. 6. Visor worn by No. 13. Tongue Strap worn by No. 9. Running for the first time since Gelding No. 12. Record Time: 1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17 Median Time: 1 min 41.40 secs Stewards Note: KING OTTOKAR: Following its run on 12/9/2020 it was reported that the horse was denied a clear run. 2019: ESCOBAR (IRE) 5 9 6 Adam Kirby 16-1 (David O’Meara) 20 ran

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BETTING FORECAST: 5/1 Raaeq, 15/2 Tempus, 8/1 King Ottokar, 9/1 Keats, 10/1 Njord, Raising Sand, 12/1 Bell Rock, River Nymph, 16/1 Alternative Fact, Blue Mist, Hartswood, Kynren, Orbaan, 20/1 Revich, Solid Stone, 25/1 Bear Force One, Greenside, Hortzadar, Prince Eiji, Ropey Guest, Symbolize, 33/1 Graignes, 66/1 Raakib Alhawa. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored the race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner, with a replica for the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. 75


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RACE CONDITIONS First Race 1.20 - THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (CLASS 1) (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £170130 to the winning horse The second to receive £64500, the third £32280, the fourth £16080, the fifth £8070 and the sixth £4050. for three yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, September 1st and pay £1050 stake, Scratch by noon, September 29th or pay £975, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £975, Supplementary Entry by noon, October 12th and pay £22000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race and will present a Silver Salver to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 15 October and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 15 October. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO HOLDING. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). The Ascot Racecourse Executive in consultation with BCS and the BHA reserves the right to transfer this race to the Inner Flat Course in the event of the Outer Course being un-raceable, or in serious danger of such, on the day before or on the morning of racing. The contingency is therefore a plan against abandonment, and the intention is always to use the Outer Course where possible. 40 entries, 13 at £1050, 12 at £2025, 15 at £3000. - Closed September 1st, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £133680; Second £54870; Third £27450; Fourth £13710; Fifth £6870; Sixth £3420. (Penalty Value £170130) A SS SEE PAGE 26 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 1.55 - THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £221883 to the winning horse The second to receive £84120, the third £42099, the fourth £20971, the fifth £10524 and the sixth £5282. for three yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, September 1st and pay £1530 stake, Scratch by noon, September 29th or pay £1420, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £1420, Supplementary Entry by noon, October 12th and pay £25000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race and will present a Silver Salver to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 15 October and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 15 October. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO HOLDING. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 37 entries, 9 at £1530, 9 at £2950, 17 at £4370, 2 at £25000. - Closed September 1st, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £174345; Second £71561; Third £35800; Fourth £17881; Fifth £8960; Sixth £4460. (Penalty Value £221883.54) A SS SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race 2.30 - THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £198485 to the winning horse The second to receive £75250, the third £37660, the fourth £18760, the fifth £9415 and the sixth £4725. for three yrs old and upwards fillies and mares only. Enter by noon, September 1st and pay £1530 stake, Scratch by noon, September 29th or pay £1420, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £1420, Supplementary Entry by noon, October 12th and pay £25000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Weights: 3-y-o 8st 13lb; 4-y-o and up 9st 5lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race and will present a Silver Salver to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. The winning owner will secure a single nomination to any stallion standing under the banner of Qatar Bloodstock for the winning horse, to be taken up in 2020 or 2021, by arrangement with Tweenhills Stud. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 15 October and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 15 October. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO HOLDING. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). The Ascot Racecourse Executive in consultation with BCS and the BHA reserves the right to transfer this race to the Inner Flat Course in the event of the Outer Course being un-raceable, or in serious danger of such, on the day before or on the morning of racing. The contingency is therefore a plan against abandonment, and the intention is always to use the Outer Course where possible. 38 entries, 12 at £1530, 12 at £2950, 14 at £4370. - Closed September 1st, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £155960; Second £64015; Third £32025; Fourth £15995; Fifth £8015; Sixth £3990. (Penalty Value £198485) A SS SEE PAGE 44 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 3.05 - THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (Sponsored by Qipco) (British Champions Mile) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £368615 to the winning horse The second to receive £139750, the third £69940, the fourth £34840, the fifth £17485 and the sixth £8775. for three yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, September 1st and pay £2840 stake, Scratch by noon, September 29th or pay £2640, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £2640, Supplementary Entry by noon, October 12th and pay £47000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race and will present a Silver Salver to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. A piece of plate value £6000, presented by Her Majesty, is included in this race for the winning owner. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 15 October and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 15 October. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO HOLDING. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The Ascot Racecourse Executive reserves the right to transfer this race to the Old Mile Course. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 39 entries, 11 at £2840, 10 at £5480, 18 at £8120. - Closed September 1st, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £289640; Second £118885; Third £59475; Fourth £29705; Fifth £14885; Sixth £7410. (Penalty Value £368615) A SS SEE PAGE 52 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 3.40 - THE QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (CLASS 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS MIDDLE DISTANCE) (Group 1) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £425325 to the winning horse The second to receive £161250, the third £80700, the fourth £40200, the fifth £20175 and the sixth £10125. for three yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, September 1st and pay £3280 stake, Scratch by noon, September 29th or pay £3045, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £3045, Supplementary Entry by noon, October 12th and pay £55000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 5lb; fillies 9st 2lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race and will present a specially commissioned trophy to the winning owner and a replica to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse. A £250 cash prize will be presented to the stable lad or lass responsible for the best turned out horse. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 15 October and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 15 October. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO HOLDING. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. THERE WILL BE A PARADE FOR THIS RACE. Runners will be paraded in the order requested by the managing executive on the day. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). The Ascot Racecourse Executive in consultation with BCS and the BHA reserves the right to transfer this race to the Inner Flat Course in the event of the Outer Course being un-raceable, or in serious danger of such, on the day before or on the morning of racing. The contingency is therefore a plan against abandonment, and the intention is always to use the Outer Course where possible. 42 entries, 13 at £3280, 13 at £6325, 16 at £9370. - Closed September 1st, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £334200; Second £137175; Third £68625; Fourth £34275; Fifth £17175; Sixth £8550. (Penalty Value £425325) A SS SEE PAGE 62 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 4.15 - THE BALMORAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) (Sponsored by Qipco) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £62250 to the winning horse The second to receive £18640, the third £9320, the fourth £4660, the fifth £2330 and the sixth £1170. for three yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, September 22nd and pay £150 stake, Confirm by noon, October 12th and pay £350, Declare by 10.00 a.m. October 15th. Lowest weight 8st; Highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Penalties, after September 26th, 2020, a winner of a race 6lb NOTE: Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried.. QIPCO HOLDING has generously sponsored this race. A silver salver will be presented to the winning owner and a replica awarded to the winning trainer and jockey. In addition, a memento will be presented to the stable lad or lass of the winning horse and a £250 cash prize to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15th and declarations of riders must be made by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th. The British Horseracing Authority will amend paragraphs 28 to 32 of the Weights and Handicapping Code and the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. This race will be restricted to 20 runners plus three reserves. The three reserves will be nominated as R21, R22 and R23. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which has been published in The Racing Calendar and which also appears in the important notices following the Standard Conditions on the Racing Bulletin area of the BHA Racing Administration Internet site www.racingadmin.co.uk. Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they must notify the Racing Calendar Office immediately when the decision has been made not to run. This will maximise the list of runners and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. The Ascot Racecourse Executive reserves the right to transfer this race to the Old Mile Course. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 53 entries, 26 at £150, 27 at £500. - Closed September 22nd, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £48560; Second £16230; Third £8110; Fourth £4060; Fifth £2030; Sixth £1010. (Penalty Value £62250) Weights raised 3lb and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 16 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 72 FOR THIS RACE. DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY

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TODAY’S OFFICIALS BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES LTD BOARD MEMBERS Tony Langham (Chairman, British Champions Series Ltd) Rod Street (Chief Executive, British Champions Series Ltd) Amy Starkey (Regional Director, The Jockey Club) Alastair Warwick (Chief Operating Officer, Ascot Racecourse) Nick Smith (Director of Racing & Communications, Ascot Racecourse) Charlie Liverton (Chief Executive, Racehorse Owners’ Association) Martin Stevenson (Acting Chief Executive, Racecourse Media Group) Charles Barnett (Secretary General, Large Independent Racecourses) Mark Spincer (Group Operations Director, Arena Racing Company)

ASCOT AUTHORITY (HOLDINGS) LIMITED BOARD Sir Francis Brooke, Bt. (Chairman and Her Majesty’s Representative)

Lady Celina Carter Guy Davison Guy Henderson Ian McGregor CVO

Harry Morley Nick Smith Alastair Warwick

Stewards Richard Westropp Chris Rutter

Assistant Steward Josie Brown Raceday Assistant Guy Upton

Commentator Simon Holt Doctors Peter Johnson John Heathcock Guy Mitchell John Berry Veterinary Officers Sally Taylor Lucinda Tyler Amy Hawthorn

Veterinary Surgeons Simon Knapp LVO, BVetMed, BSc, MRCVS Clive Hamblin, BVetMed, MRCVS Bobby McEwen, BVSc, MRCVS Svend Kold, DrMedVet, CUEW, RFP, MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) Jamie Knapp, BVSc MRCVS Director of Racing and Public Affairs Nick Smith Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels

STEWARDS Chief Steward Shaun Parker Stewards’ Panel Chair Lucinda Cavendish

OFFICIALS Starters Robert Supple Sam Avis Clerks of the Scales Leigh O’Brien Robert Cuthbert Judge Nick Bostock Equine Welfare and Integrity Officers Kelly McSorley Carol Broodbank Darren Stone Nick Holman Lisa Cook Stuart Shilston

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