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The QIPCO Champion Stakes

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History

With £750,000 in prize money, the QIPCO Champion Stakes is the most valuable race in the UK in 2020.

Following on from iconic races like the Investec Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO), this is the final, pulsating showdown in the QIPCO British Champions Series Middle Distance category.

The race brought a great heritage from Newmarket, where it was run from its inception in 1877 until 2010. But the dramatic injection in prize money (the 2010 renewal was worth just £350,000) that accompanied its move to become the glittering highlight of the new QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot has changed its status completely.

Now it can compete in financial terms on flat racing’s international stage and the 2011 contest attracted a sensational field, packed with many of the world’s highest-rated middle-distance horses.

The 2012 renewal was truly exceptional with the world’s best racehorse Frankel registering his 14th straight victory in what was the final race of his career. His half-brother, Noble Mission, kept the race in the family in 2014 for an emotional victory for Lady Jane Cecil as he defeated Champions Series stalwart Al Kazeem in a thrilling finish.

In 2015, Dermot Weld continued his brilliant form on Champions Day as he saddled Fascinating Rock to land the feature contest. Twelve months later the outstanding Almanzor was a dazzling winner for France.

Arguably the most impressive winner in recent times was Cracksman. The son of Frankel became the first horse to win the same race twice at QIPCO British Champions Day and only the second horse to win two races on the raceday – the other being his sire.

Current leading jockeys: Tom Queally (2009, 2010, 2012)
Current leading trainer: Numerous have won it twice.

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Addeybb Proves Too Good In The Champion Stake

In the meeting's feature race, it was globe trotting superstar Addeybb and Tom Marquand who took the spoils in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.

It rounded off a remarkable day for couple Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand who combined for 3 victories during Britain’s richest race day.

It’s been a memorable season for Marqaund and Addeybb who dominated down under throughout the winter as the duo claimed Group 1 victories in Australia. However, his main targets were always going to be during the Autumn as the Haggis team aimed him at his preferred soft ground and that paid off as Addeybb came home in front in this year’s QIPCO Champion Stakes.

During the race, it was Derby hero Serpentine who took up the running as expected. The eventual winner Addeybb sat just of the Classic winner in his favoured position towards the front of the field. Favourite Magical settled in mid-division with Frankie Dettori with second favourite Mishriff just one off the rail.

The places didn’t alter throughout the early stages with most content on holding position. As the pace began to quicken it was James Doyle and Lord North who made the first move as the duo began to make a move around the outside. The rest responded as Mishriff picked up the bridle and Skaletti continued to run on alongside the rail. Ryan Moore asked plenty of Magical but she was caught ever so slightly flat footed and couldn’t quite pick up the leaders.

Into the final stages Addeybb continued to thunder on, ploughing his way through the softer ground as Sklatetti failed to really throw down a challenge.

Tom Marqaund only won his first Group 1 just a month ago in the St Leger but this performance will be right up there with his best of the season. A hugely satisfying win for the young jockey on the biggest stage of all and a wonderful victory for all connections.

Results

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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