The glittering fifth renewal of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot is now only hours away, with a gilded and star-studded curtain set to come down on the 2015 flat racing season in Britain.
The thousands in attendance at the racecourse will be treated to an unforgettable sporting experience that goes far beyond the action on the track. Fine dining, behind-the-scenes tours, a huge amount of food and drink options to suit all tastes and a Jockey School area for youngsters are just some of the attractions on offer before and during racing.
After the racing finishes we will be showing the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Wales and South Africa on our big screens, but if that doesn’t take your fancy we have one of British music’s biggest superstars on hand to ensure the celebrations continue in style. Paloma Faith – million-selling female singer, DJ and BRIT Award winner – will be hitting the decks to bring Ascot’s 2015 flat racing season to a magical close.
For all the day’s other attractions, however, the main course on QIPCO British Champions Day is always the racing. The six-race card gets under way at 12:45, with the first five races each being end-of-season championship clashes across various distances and categories. Before the day is over we will also see the Champion Jockey, Champion Apprentice Rider and Champion Owner crowned for 2015.
From 12:45 onwards, a host of the year’s biggest equine superstars will test themselves on Ascot’s hallowed turf for one final time this season, as they look to put a final, glorious seal on their successes over the previous few months.
Europe’s champion sprinter elect, Muhaarar, returns to the scene of his Commonwealth Cup triumph at Royal Ascot, having subsequently landed more Group 1 prizes at Newmarket and Deauville; the outstanding milers, Solow and Gleneagles, both also brilliant winners at the Royal meeting, go head-to-head in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes; the St Leger winner Simple Verse and dual Group 1 winner Covert Love are the headline acts for a top class renewal of the Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes; and in the Champion Stakes the Irish Derby winner and Epsom Derby runner-up, Jack Hobbs, will look to end 2015 with another Group 1 success.
With this list of star attractions augmented by a stellar supporting cast, the battle to land a share of the the spoils on Britain’s richest-ever day of horse racing is set to provide a fresh set of thrilling and unforgettable memories.