Top-class winners came to the fore on QIPCO British Champions Day in front of a crowd of 24,290, with Olympic Glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO and Farhh in a thrilling QIPCO Champion Stakes claiming the afternoon’s biggest prizes.
“We’re pleased with the attendance which has matched our expectations,” said Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series Ltd.
“We all know that the Frankel factor has had an important bearing in the past, so this year’s attendance figures are very satisfactory for a Day that’s still very much in its infancy.
“We’re also delighted with the very high calibre of the racing, with 20 Group One winners taking part, including three of the five British Classic winners, and the brilliant Farhh, Cirrus Des Aigles and Ruler Of The World fighting out an epic finish to the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
“The ground may have been soft, but the only non-runner in the five Group races, The Lark, was withdrawn because she was in season.
“There are a great many advantages in having the final momentous day in Europe and the first three years of QIPCO British Champions Day have endorsed our desire to create a world class finale to our season.
“We can look forward to next year with great confidence when we will present a combined Dubai Future Champions Day and QIPCO British Champions Day in 48 hours at Newmarket and Ascot, a feast of top-class Flat racing that this country will never have witnessed before.”