Great display of top horses and trophies at Ascot Racecourse
Published: 18 Oct 2013 14:300 comments
QIPCO British Champions Day, sponsored by Qatar Investment Projects Developments Holding Company, has attracted a stellar line-up for a total £3.4m prize money – the country’s richest race day.
Among the horses expected to line up in the main race, the Champion Stakes, are Declaration of War and Cirrus Des Aigles.
There will also be an exhibition of some of the world’s most famous sporting trophies including the Jules Rimet Cup won by England at the 1966 World Cup and three trophies that have not been seen together in public for nearly six decades – the FA Cup, the Ashes urn and Calcutta Cup – as well as golf’s Ryder Cup and coveted prizes from snooker, darts and racing.
Also on display, for the first time in public, will be a 3D portrait of Frankel – regarded by many experts as the world’s best-ever racehorse.
He retired at last year’s Champions Day having won the Champion Stakes. The image has been created by light artist Chris Levine who created revolutionary images of The Queen and Kate Moss.
Frankel’s former trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died earlier this year, will be remembered in an exhibition of previously unseen photos of him.
There will also be artefacts from his home, Warren Place near Newmarket, including a dinosaur tooth and Sir Henry’s tin soldier collection.
A series of events will keep youngsters occupied.
There will be a ‘Kids love the Races’ zone where budding jockeys can try on racing silks, be pictured in the winners’ enclosure and put their jockey skills to the test on a mechanical horse.
Pony rides mean they can go home and say that they have ridden at Ascot.
Gates for the QIPCO British Champions Day at the racecourse in High Street, Ascot, open at 10.30am.
Children under 18 accompanied by an adult get in free.
There are six races, starting at 1.45pm. To buy tickets visit www.britishchampionsseries.com