The QIPCO Champion Stakes (Group 1) is scheduled to be run on the newly demarcated Inner Flat Course on Saturday, 15th October.

The going description on the Inner Flat Course as at 10.00am on Friday 7th October is Good to Firm, Firm in places (Goingstick: 9.4).

The going on the Outer Flat Course as at 10.00am on Friday 7th October is Good, Good to Soft in places (Goingstick: Straight; 8.1, Round; 7.5).

The going on the straight course as at 10am Friday, 10th October is Good, Good to Soft in places (Goingstick: 8.1).

On Wednesday 13th October, ahead of final declarations for QIPCO British Champions Day, should the Inner Flat Course reach a going description of Good to Firm, Firm in places or quicker, or it is expected to become that based on the weather forecast for the next 72 hours, the QIPCO Champion Stakes will be transferred back to the Outer Flat Course.

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot said: “We see the future of the Champion Stakes being run on the Inner Flat Course, which was recently the subject of positive feedback from Ryan Moore and Pat Smullen during a familiarisation exercise which took place ahead of our last race meeting. We are also confident it will have a beneficial effect on the draw, starting approximately 100 yards further back from the first bend.

“However should the Inner Flat Course not be required this year, due to the unseasonably dry autumn, we find ourselves with the luxury of being able to use the Outer Flat Course as normal, rather than ask connections to run on ground that could get close to firm. In the interests of horsemen, media and the betting public, a final decision will be made on Wednesday by 1pm.”

The current track plan is:

Champion Stakes: Inner Flat Course with Outer Flat Course contingency.

Long Distance, Fillies & Mares; Outer Flat Course.

QE2, Sprint, Balmoral: Straight Course.

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