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British Champions Day is one of the highlights of the Flat season in the United Kingdom – and it’s also the richest raceday on the calendar. Ascot plays host to the six-race meeting but how much prize money is up for grabs at the Berkshire track?
The coronavirus pandemic impacted the sums on offer in 2020 with £2.5m spread across the card but thanks to the return to (relative) normality, the event organisers have managed to up the money on offer by a healthy 60%. Woof!
The QIPCO Champion Stakes is the richest race in the UK in 2021 with a total prize pot worth a cool £1.2m. The horse first past the post will earn £714,546 for connections. Addeybb is looking to defend his crown but picked up just £425,325 for last year’s success. Mishriff, meanwhile, is fancied but the cash would be small change to owner Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after his horse scooped more than £9m for winning the Saudi Cup and Dubai Sheema Classic earlier in the year.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes also boasts a fund in excess of £1m, with the winner taking home £623,810. Palace Pier is the star name in the race and the four-year-old’s biggest pay day to date is the £326,569.49 scooped in the Jacques le Marois in August 2020.
There are two more Group 1s on the card – the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes and the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. A 43% hike from 2020 takes the prize funds to the £500,000 mark.
We could be treated to another instalment of Trueshan vs Stradivarius in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, which also dishes out a tidy £500,000 in prize money despite being a Group 2. The winner of the opening contest on the card will win £283,550 for connections. A victory for Trueshan would take his career earnings past the £1m barrier while senior stayer Stradivarius has already hit the £3m mark.
The final race of the day is the Balmoral Handicap. A Class 2, it only boasts prize money worth £200,000 but that represents double what was on offer in the cursed year that was 2020.
British Champions Day Racecard
1:25: QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
2:00: QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
2:35: QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1)
3:10: Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1)
3:50: QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)
4:30: Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)
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