Nine of Frankel’s most famous trophies will join four of the world’s oldest and most famous sporting trophies – The FA Cup, The Ashes urn, the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Calcutta Cup, which will be on display for the first time in nearly 60 years – at a special one-day exhibition at Ascot Racecourse on QIPCO British Champions Day (19th October).
The exhibition, at the climax of the Flat racing season, will include many famous sporting trophies and mementos, including:
- The Jules Rimet Trophy, for the FIFA World Cup, won by the England Football Team in 1966 at Wembley, courtesy of FIFA.
- The Sid Waddell Trophy won by PDC World Darts Champion Phil Taylor in 2013.
- The World Snooker Championship Trophy won five times by Ronnie O’Sullivan.
- The IBF Middleweight Championship Trophy and Belt won in 2013 by Darren Barker.
- The European Player of the Year Award – The Ballon d’Or – won by Michael Owen in 2001, along with his Premier League Golden Boot awards and medals relating to The FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
- The Champion Jump Jockey Trophy won a record 18 times by AP McCoy, along with his BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award from 2010.
- The Champion Flat Jockey Trophy, won last year by current Championship leader Richard ￼Hughes.
- The Champion Racehorse Trainer Trophies for the Flat and Jumps won in 2012 and 2013 by John Gosden and Nicky Henderson.
- Nine of the most famous trophies won by Frankel during his unbeaten career, along with his Cartier Horse of the Year Awards.
- The silver salver to be presented to the winner of the 2013 £1.3 million QIPCO Champion Stakes.
This new one-day public display aims to celebrate many of the most significant achievements in British sport, both recent and historical, on a day when British horseracing decides its champions of the season.
The last time so many national sporting trophies were displayed together was over half a century ago at an exhibition in April 1956 at the Café Anglais, London.
Michael Owen, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and England striker, who is now an ambassador for British Champions Series, said, “It’s a real honour to have my awards and mementos sitting alongside so many famous cups, trophies and decorations. It’s on these occasions that you really appreciate Great Britain’s amazing achievements in so many different sports.”
The trophies, which will be on display in the main Grandstand at Ascot, include four of the oldest in British sporting history. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72, with Wigan Athletic the current holders. The iconic Ashes urn was first presented during the England cricket team’s 1882–83 tour of Australia, with England the current holders having won the most recent series in the summer.
Rugby League’s famous Challenge Cup was first contested in 1896. Wigan Warriors were the victors in 2013. And the Calcutta Cup, a Rugby Union trophy first competed for in 1879, awarded to the winner of an annual game between England and Scotland. England retained the Cup in 2013.
Equally important, is the Jules Rimet Trophy, held high by Bobby Moore after England’s famous World Cup victory at Wembley in 1966.
Also on display will be the PDC World Darts Championship Trophy which was introduced 12 months ago in memory of the late commentator Sid Waddell and won by 16-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in January.
Other important trophies include the World Snooker Championship Trophy won by Ronnie O’Sullivan for the fifth time at the Crucible in May 2013.
Many of the trophies won by the now-retired Frankel, last year’s World Champion Flat Racehorse, will also be on display together for the first time. Frankel won on British Champions Day at Ascot in both 2011 and 2012, completing a 14-race unbeaten career in the QIPCO Champion Stakes last year. He won nine QIPCO British Champions Series races in total, including the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas, the St James’s Palace Stakes, the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (twice), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, JLT Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, the Juddmonte International Stakes and the QIPCO Champion Stakes, as well as two coveted Cartier Horse of the Year Awards.
Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series, said, “QIPCO British Champions Day has, in just two short years, become one of the world’s most important race days so it’s fitting that some of the most iconic trophies from other sports are on show alongside racing’s most coveted prizes.
“Champions Day is one of the highlights of the autumn sporting calendar and the exhibition celebrates the sporting achievements of some of our greatest champions. We’re indebted to the organisations and individuals who’ve agreed to participate, ensuring that our Day is a true celebration of Great British sport.”
Security arrangements for the exhibition are under wraps as the trophies on display are so valuable. This has required specialist insurance cover arranged by leading private client broker Weatherbys Hamilton.
To buy tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 19th October at Ascot Racecourse visit http://www.ascot.co.uk