entries for Champions Day
Quality entries will light up QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 18th October.
There have been seven supplementary entries – Pether’s Moon in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, Captain Cat and Custom Cut in the QEII, Silk Sari and Albasharah in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, G Force in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint and Big Orange in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup bringing the total amount of prize money on the day to more than £4 million.
Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series said, “We are excited about the fourth running of QIPCO British Champions Day and the entries represent strength in depth. There are some terrific races in store and the supplementary entries mean the day will exceed £4m in prize money for the first time.”
Dermot Weld said of his QIPCO Champion Stakes entry “Free Eagle is very well, in really good form. I am not concerned about the quality of my horse, I am convinced that he is up to this class.”
Freddy Head said of his QEII entry: “Charm Spirit is very well. I think that he will like Ascot and think that the QEII will be a great race for him.
“He has improved a lot since he last came to England [for the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in early May]. The ground at Ascot will not bother him – he will go on anything.”
Sir Michael Stoute said of Integral: “At the moment it looks like she’ll be going for the QEII.
“She appeared to take the race very well after winning the Sun Chariot last time, both in terms of weight loss and demeanour – but Group 1 races do leave their scars, so we will know on Saturday if 14 days has been enough.
“It looks a good race. Freddy Head’s horse, Charm Spirit, won the Moulin last time out. Night Of Thunder ran very well in that race too – he might have been a bit unlucky to finish third and will go on the likely soft ground.
“But the Sun Chariot was only Integral’s fifth race of the season, and we have nothing to lose.
“The plan at the moment is that she will stay in training next year – her dam, Echelon, was better at five.”
On the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, James Fanshawe, who trained last year’s winner, Seal of Approval, said: “I am very happy with Seal of Approval and she should handle the conditions at Ascot no problem.”
David O’Meara, trainer of G Force, who has been supplemented for the Sprint having won the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park last month said: “He’s better than anything I’ve trained before. He has a lot of ability.
“If he turns up with the same form as at Haydock he’ll be very difficult to beat. He was just unlucky in the Nunthorpe.”
Sir Michael Stoute, who runs Estimate (pictured) in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, said: “I’m very happy with Estimate.
“She loves Ascot, but she will have to take on Aidan’s Gold Cup winner, Leading Light – and he is a very good stayer, no doubt about that. He’ll be hard to beat, but we think we’re in very good shape.”
To buy tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 18th October 2014 at Ascot Racecourse visit www.britishchampionsseries.com