British Champions Day

‘Ultimate Racehorse’ Magical Turns In Winning Effort In British Champion Stakes

Aidan O’Brien described Magical as “the ultimate racehorse” following a smooth performance to justify even-money favoritism in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. Just 13 days on from a fifth-placed effort in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Magical, a four-year-old daughter of Galileo, traveled powerfully throughout today’s 10-furlong contest and ran on strongly […]

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Stradivarius Beaten On The Wire By Kew Gardens In British Champions Long Distance Cup

Stradivarius suffered his first defeat in almost two years as Kew Gardens came on top in a pulsating climax to the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. The remarkable Stradivarius has completely dominated the staying division over the past couple of seasons – with back-to-back wins in the Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and […]

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Weekend Lineup: British Champions Day, Maryland Million

Graded stakes action will be at a minimum for the next two weeks on this side of the ocean in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2, but British Champions Day at Ascot Saturday features the outstanding stayer Stradivarius (IRE) aiming to add to his unblemished season as well as Magical (IRE), the […]

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Another Run For Enable Not Ruled Out; Breeders’ Cup Turf An Option

Champion racemare Enable may not have been able to get the job done over testing ground at Longchamp on Sunday, but the 5-year-old mare still returned to the saddling enclosure to cheers from her fans after a brave performance. On Monday, Khalid Abudllah’s racing manager Lord Teddy Grimthorpe revealed to BBC Radio 4’s Today program […]

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‘A Marvelous Achievement’: O’Brien Reflects After Record-Equaling 25th Group 1 Victory In 2017

Aidan O’Brien is likely to throw plenty of ammunition at the three Group One races in Europe next weekend in an attempt to claim the world record for most top-level victories in a year outright. The master of Ballydoyle drew level on 25 victories with the late Bobby Frankel when Hydrangea won the British Champions […]

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Ulysses To Bypass Champion Stakes And Go Directly To Breeders’ Cup Turf

A field of 10 runners, headed by Highland Reel and Cracksman, will line up in Saturday’s G1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. One notable name missing from the entries, however, is that of two-time Group 1 winner Ulysses. According to the Racing Post, trainer Sir Michael Stoute decided to skip the Champion Stakes and instead go straight […]

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Ribchester, Cracksman Among Stars Targeting British Champions Day

Cracksman, Harry Angel and Ribchester all remain in contention following the latest forfeit stage for Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on October 21. A total of £4.3 million in prize-money will be up for grabs on Britain’s richest raceday, which is taking place for the seventh time. There are 35 individual Group One winners […]

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Enable, Almanzor Headline 49 Stellar Nominees For QIPCO Champion Stakes

Superstar filly Enable heads a stellar list of entries for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. John Gosden’s dual Oaks heroine beat the boys and her elders in scintillating style in last month’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the Berkshire circuit and holds engagements in both the Champion Stakes and the British […]

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Almanzor Defeats Found In Qipco Champion Stakes

French Derby winner Almanzor made his case as one of the top horses in Europe Saturday, defeating Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Found by a solid two lengths in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. Under Christophe Soumillon, Almanzor reeled off his fifth consecutive victory in the effort, rolling through 1 1/4 […]

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Minding Defeats Males On British Champions Day For Seventh Group 1 Victory

The Coolmore partnership-owned Minding captured her seventh Group 1 victory on Saturday, rallying home fiercely in the stretch to win the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions day at Ascot. The sophomore daughter of Galileo was defeating older males for the first time, and held off a determined Ribchester by a half-length on […]

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