Stradivarius One of Many Stars on Champions Day
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
Four Group 1 races and a Group 2 make up the brilliant card of racing on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 17. You can watch and wager on all the action with TVG, as some of the best horses in the world prepare for some of the biggest races on the annual calendar.
The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) features the mighty Stradivarius, who has just come out of running seventh in the Arc de Triomphe (G1). He was second in this race last year but won it in 2018. The multiple Group 1 hero, who is ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden, has won 16 of 25 starts overall and is considered one of the great stayers in the world.
He will face horses such as Belmont Park’s Jockey Club Derby winner Spanish Mission, Irish Derby (G1) hero Sovereign, and Broome, who is making only his second start this year.
The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (G1) has a field of 17, with Dream of Dreams favored in the six-furlong contest. The son of Dream Ahead exits a win in the Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup last out, September 5. Starman is unbeaten in three starts, and didn’t begin his career until July. This is a huge jump up in class, but so far the Ed Walker trainee has proven to be unstoppable. Hard knocking Lope Y Fernandez has been top three in seven of his 10 starts.
The Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1), includes runners Wonderful Tonight, who just scored in the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu last out; Frankly Darling, who was third in the Investec Oaks (G1) in July; Even So, winner of the Irish Oaks (G1) two back, and the well-bred filly Passion from the Aidan O’Brien outfit.
Brilliant milers Palace Pier, Circus Maximus, and Lord Glitters will line up against rivals The Revenant, Nazeef, and Century Dream in the rich Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1). All of them are capable of winning, with the Gosden/Dettori duo managing Palace Pier, who is coming off three straight wins including a pair of Group 1 races.
The great prize of the day is the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) for classic horses, with the mare Magical taking on males once again in her brilliant career. The daughter of Galileo is the defending champion in the race, and could make the trip over for the Breeders’ Cup if she does well. Her O’Brien-trained stablemate, Investec Derby (G1) shocker Serpentine, is also entered. They will face class runners such as Japan, Pyledriver, and Addeybb, as well as two-time Woodbine Racetrack Grade 1 winner Desert Encounter.
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