There will be stars at every turn on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, with 21 Group One winners in action.
Adayar, Mishriff and Palace Pier are among the headline acts, with such as Trueshan, Stradivarius, Snowfall and Baaeed joining them. The glittering cast have between them won 48 races at the highest level.
Prize money of £4,091,250 is up for grabs, with the QIPCO Champion Stakes set to be the richest race in the UK this year with £1.26 million on offer.
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The title battle between Oisin Murphy and William Buick will be resolved once and for all, while the day will go a long way to determining who will end up the year as champion trainer. Charlie Appleby and Andrew Balding lead that championship, but John and Thady Gosden are primed to pounce.
The going on Friday was described as is good to soft, good in places. Here is a guide to all six races.
1.25 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup
TRUESHAN relished the deep ground when trouncing his rivals in last year’s renewal when
Morando (fourth) and a below-par Stradivarius (12th) were among those left trailing.
Underfoot conditions will not be so testing but easy going is on the cards and he’s hard to oppose, having cemented his status as the best stayer around with successive wins in the Goodwood Cup and Prix du Cadran. He was simply too strong for Stradivarius in France, with Gold Cup runner-up
Princess Zoe fading to be fifth after travelling strongly.
The worry is whether this will come a bit quick after his exertions at Longchamp this month but he’s had a relatively light campaign and has backed up quickly in the past. Champions Day has featured eight winners who previously ran at the Arc meeting and, in any case, his price seems to have factored in the doubt. He'd be odds-on if we knew he was going to reproduce his best form.div">>99Trueshan (FR)(14)Hollie Doyle | Alan King13:25 AscotResult: 1st
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