Here at Betting Gods we love to bet with a view to making a profit from all our hard work, but sometimes you just need to treat yourself to a fun day at the races – which is why you might want to pencil in a trip to British Champions Day on Saturday October 15th.
The British Champions Series covers 35 of Britain’s greatest races, and culminates in British Champions Day on which the following 5 Group-1 Races take place: The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, The Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes, The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and The Qipco Champion Stakes.
The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup
This year’s renewal brings together the last two winners Forgotten Rules and Flying Officer, as well as the likes of Bondi Beach who nearly won the 2015 St Leger, and the extremely popular Northern- raider Clever Cookie. However, they may all have to play second fiddle to Order of St George, who annihilated the opposition in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup with a stunning turn of foot for a stayer, one well worth paying money to see in the flesh.
The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes
Last year’s winner and Champion Sprinter Muhaarar’s retirement means this could be an ideal opportunity for Twilight Son to notch-up his third Group-1 win, and he’ll probably be favourite to do so if the ground is as soft as in recent years. However, should it come-up unseasonably firm, Henry Candy’s other Group-1 winning 4-year-old Limato may follow-up his win in the July Cup.
The Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes
Minding will probably be crowned the Champion Filly and Mare after her run of Group-1 races over distances from a mile to 12-furlongs, but she’s more likely to run in the Champions Stakes than in this. However, there could still be some brilliant fillies on view with the likes of So Mi Dar and Zhukova entered.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The battle for outstanding miler of 2016 may well rest between The Ghurka and Galileo Gold, and the winners of the English and Irish Guineas winners could well battle out the finish here. However, there are also other interesting contenders in the shape of the rapidly improving Ribchester, and last year’s runner-up Belardo, with the latter having nothing of the calibre of last year’s winner Solow to worry about.
The Qipco Champion Stakes
Fascinating Rock looks on course to defend his crown, and he may well have to again fend of the attention of Found, who’s often at her best in the Autumn. However, the most interesting contender may well be the unbeaten Hawkbill, as he managed to beat The Ghurka in the Coral Eclipse, and still has room for even more improvement. Minding would also be a serious challenger, whilst Time Test, and Jack Hobbs could also help make this a serious day-out to remember.