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Weekend of Champions free for students

This year students will be able to attend one of the World’s best weekends of Flat racing for free, thanks to an initiative running across Weekend of Champions (17-18 October). 

The aim is to attract students to the sport through a weekend of top-class racing action that includes six Group 1s run across Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile (Friday 17th October) and QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot (Saturday 18th October).

The student day at QIPCO British Champions Day is generously being sponsored by Sheikh Fahad al Thani of QIPCO Holding, who said, “My passion for racing developed while I was a student studying in London. It is important to my brothers and me that British racing is pro-active in introducing more young people to this wonderful sport. 

Being the day on which the best of British Flat racing is celebrated, QIPCO British Champions Day provides a great opportunity to develop the next generation of racing devotees.”

Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series said: “We are very grateful to Sheikh Fahad and QIPCO for their generous sponsorship of the student initiative at QIPCO British Champions Day which has allowed us to offer the first 2,000 students free entry. Not only will they enjoy top class action on the track but there will also be an exclusive student area with great entertainment, dedicated facilities and after-party to provide them with an all-round brilliant raceday experience.”

Amy Starkey, Regional Director for Jockey Club East said: “We recognise that many people start their passion for racing at a young age and believe that the quality of the racing on offer will be a perfect introduction to our sport. We are looking forward to welcoming students to this great day’s racing on Dubai Future Champions Day.” 

This year’s initiative follows on from last year’s inaugural National Student Raceday. Sophie Jenkins a recent graduate from Nottingham University, who attended the National Student Raceday 2013 said: “Last year’s National Student Raceday was a lot of fun and many of the students who attended had never been racing before. To be offered the chance to attend the Weekend of Champions completely free is amazing, and I am sure that even more students will attend this year.”

  • For tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot, click here to book tickets and use the promotional code STUDENTSBCD to take advantage of this offer. Admission will be with valid photo student ID only and students will only be able to register for one ticket.
  • For tickets to Dubai Future Champions Day please head to the Newmarket Racecourse website and use the promotional code STUDENT14. Students are able to register for 4 tickets but will only be granted admission with a valid photo student ID.
  • For more information on how to register for tickets and for the latest updates on student activity on the day, please visit the British Champions Series website