British Champions Day 2017
9th August 2017 Entries Announced
Overall Champions Day has attracted 242 entries including 48 individual Group One victors. There is a total of £4.3million in prize-money up for grabs in the five championship events. Here we take a quick look at some of the main contenders on 21st October.
Superstar filly Enable heads a stellar list of entries for the one mile two furlongs 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 Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes – The Arc of course has also been talked about for the filly. Other Champion Stakes contenders include last year's winner Almanzor. Jean-Claude Rouget's colt has not yet run this year, but is set for an imminent return. Almanzor's fellow French-trained colt Zarak and Coral-Eclipse one-two Ulysses and Barney Roy are also on the list. The Aiden O’Brien unsurprisingly has a few entered, the Ballydoyle handler's contenders for the 10 furlong showpiece include Winter, Churchill and Highland Reel.
Richard Fahey has confirmed the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over the mile at Ascot in October as his "first choice" target for stable star Ribchester. Having already landed the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot this season, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old was a warm order for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last week, but suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Here Comes When. Aidan O'Brien has given the option to dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill and dual 1000 Guineas heroine Winter, among others. Saeed bin Suroor has entered Thunder Snow, who was last seen landing the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.
Journey could bid for back-to-back victories in the one and a half mile Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. Aidan O'Brien has seven possibles including Classic winners Winter and Seventh Heaven, while German Oaks winner Lacazar has been given the option by trainer Peter Schiergen.
The re-match could be on as Big Orange and Order Of St George could face off again at Ascot with the pair both in the frame for the two mile Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup – the likely going come October in Berkshire is a concern though.
Quiet Reflection is one of the headline names entered for the six furlong Qipco-sponsored British Champions Sprint, with Diamond Jubilee Stakes victor The Tin Man in the mix to defend the title he won last year.