Having been officially rated as the best raceday in Europe last year, this year’s renewal of QIPCO British Champions Day has attracted entries from all of Europe’s top horses including the world’s best rated sprinter, Harry Angel, and Europe’s top miler, Ribchester.
The day boasts an unrivalled British card comprising four Group 1 races, a Group 2, the world’s richest mile handicap and this year offers record-breaking prize money of £4.3 million.
Beyond the stellar action on track there will also be plenty to entertain racegoers with an Opening Ceremony to kick off the day’s racing, at which renowned sporting soprano Laura Wright will perform.
A dedicated fanzone, in partnership with the Pony Club, will include a series of activities for under 18’s, who are able to attend the day for free, including a bitesize lesson with a jockey coach, a tour of the racecourse prior to racing and a meet and greet with an ex-racehorse. There will also be the chance for racegoers to meet some of their sporting heroes with jockey autograph signings.
Additionally Chris Smith’s celebrated Champions of Sport photography exhibition will be on show featuring images of Lester Piggott and the late Sir Henry Cecil, together with those of other sporting icons such as Muhammad Ali.
The day will be brought to a close at the after-party at which award-winning singer songwriter George Ezra will perform hits from his quadruple platinum, number 1 debut album including ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame it on Me’.