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British Champions Series
Frankie Dettori, the face of QIPCO British Champions Series
Frankie Dettori

The QIPCO British Champions Series is a major new premier series of British horseracing that launched on Saturday 30 April 2011 with the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course and will climax at a spectacular new day in the British racing calendar called QIPCO British Champions Day, to be staged at Ascot on Saturday 15 October 2011.

The QIPCO British Champions Series will comprise five championship categories, namely Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies and Mares. Each will feature the seven highest-rated races in that category and will showcase the very best of British Flat racing, bringing together the world's finest horses, jockeys and trainers for this series of 28 days.

Staged at the leading courses – Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Newbury, Newmarket's July Course, Newmarket's Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York – the Series will encompass all British Flat racing's key festivals, including the QIPCO Guineas Festival, the Investec Derby Festival, Royal Ascot, the July Festival, Glorious Goodwood, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and the Ladbrokes St Leger Meeting.

QIPCO British Champions Day, the climax to the Series, will see five Champions crowned across each of the categories. This ultimate showpiece will be the richest fixture in British racing history, featuring more than £3 million in prize money.

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This is the ground-breaking event that the QIPCO British Champions Series leads up to, when the eyes of the racing world will be focused on Ascot for the richest day in British racing history.


£3 million in prize money will be on offer across the final races in each of the five QIPCO British Champions Series categories. It represents a magical opportunity for the equine stars of the 2011 Flat racing season to stake their final claim to greatness. Major changes have been made to the autumn race programme in Britain in order to create QIPCO British Champions Day as the major championship climax to the flat racing season that this country has previously lacked.

Now the scene is set for a thrilling raceday on Ascot's royal turf, when sporting history will be made as the curtain comes down in dramatic fashion on the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Series.

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