Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Ascot to reach rich climax in October

Ascot will run the five Group races on Qipco British Champions Day in order of ascending monetary value with the Champion Stakes staged as the penultimate event on the card.

The afternoon on October 15, which is the climax of the new series, starts with the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at a provisional time of 1.50pm, through the Qipco British Champions Sprint, Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes before the Qipco Champion Stakes at 4.10, the richest race ever run in Britain.

The sixth and final race on the card will be the £25,000 Qipco Future Stars Apprentices' Handicap.

"Unlike many racedays, when the big race is often in the middle of the card, it has always been our plan to build up to the two biggest races as the climax to this spectacular race programme," said Rod Street, chief executive of British Champions Series.

"This should provide the best possible experience for our racegoers and for TV viewers all over the world."

Meanwhile, Workforce remains under assessment at Sir Michael Stoute's stable after his run in Saturday's dramatic King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Last year's Derby and Arc winner was beaten quite convincingly by Nathaniel at Ascot, but jockey Ryan Moore reported the colt had been struck into by the ill-fated Rewilding.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to his owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "Workforce was sore after the race and he was a little bit better yesterday.

"He is being checked out at the moment and will be for the rest of this week, so there's not much to add at this stage."

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