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British Champions Day: Date, race schedule & how to watch

British Champions Day has been one of the big highlights on the UK calendar since 2011, with the "Ultimate Raceday" signalling the end of the season for British flat racing.

Ascot plays host to what is the richest day in Britain in October with over £4million in prize money on offer across the card. 

British Champions Day date

In 2024, the next British Champions Day will take place on Saturday, 19th October.

British Champions Day venue

British Champions Day is held at the iconic Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.

How to watch British Champions Day

All the action from British Champions Day will be available on the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform, as well as ITV and Sky Sports Racing.

British Champions Day races

What is British Champions Day?

British Champions Day is the culmination of the season-long British Champion Series, with each race on day representing the final of each division of flat racing - Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares. 

The best horses of the year within these categories clash at Ascot to create a memorable day for fans, spectators and all affiliated with the sport. 

The event made its debut in 2011 as a method of combining two prestigious late-season racedays at Newmarket and Ascot into one bumper spectacle at the Berkshire venue. 

The unification meant that the raceday now plays host to the most valuable one mile race in Europe, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, as well as the richest 1m2f contest on the continent, the Champions Stakes. 

Given the quality of horses on show, all being champions in their own right, it is a day that can often provide shock winners as proven by Art Power’s 40/1 victory in the Champions Sprint in 2023, highlighting the unique spectacle the event can provide. 

It is the most valuable day in the British racing calendar, with the prize money available and the events which determine the championship competitors detailed below.

British Champions Day prize money

Below are the prize money figures from the 2023 British Champions Day:

  • British Champions Long Distance Cup - £500,000
  • British Champions Sprint Stakes - £500,000
  • British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes - £531,250
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes - £1,156,250
  • Champions Stakes - £1,300,000
  • Balmoral Handicap - £200,000

Long Distance races in the British Champions series

  • Yorkshire Cup
  • Ascot Gold Cup
  • Goodwood Cup
  • Lonsdale Cup
  • Doncaster Cup
  • St Leger Stakes
  • British Champions Long Distance Cup

Sprint races in the British Champions series

  • King's Stand Stakes
  • Commonwealth Cup
  • Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes
  • July Cup
  • Nunthorpe Stakes
  • Haydock Sprint Cup
  • British Champions Sprint Stakes

Fillies & Mares races in the British Champions series

  • 1000 Guineas
  • Epsom Oaks
  • Coronation Stakes
  • Falmouth Stakes
  • Nassau Stakes
  • Yorkshire Oaks
  • British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Mile races in the British Champions series

  • 2000 Guineas
  • Lockinge Stakes
  • Queen Anne Stakes
  • St James's Palace Stakes
  • Sussex Stakes
  • Sun Chariot Stakes
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Middle Distance races in the British Champions series

  • Coronation Cup
  • Epsom Derby
  • Prince of Wales's Stakes
  • Eclipse Stakes
  • King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
  • International Stakes
  • Champion Stakes

British Champions Day in 2023

Long Distance Cup

Frankie Dettori, in his last ever Champions Day appearance, rode the John & Thady Gosden-trained Trawlerman to victory, beating 11/10 favourite Kyprios in the process.

Champions Sprint Stakes

The second outsider of the day came in as 40/1 Art Power landed the Sprint for Tim Easterby, beating the Dettori-ridden favourite Kinross by a neck to take the prize.

Fillies and Mares Stakes

The Karl Burke-trained Poptronic made it another neck victory for an outsider (22/1) in the Fillies & Mares with Sam James in the saddle.

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

It became a hat-trick of front-running wins as French raider Big Rock made all for Christopher Head to land Europe’s most prestigious mile race, beating the heavily-tipped Irish 2000 Guineas winner Paddington in the process.

Champion Stakes

The penultimate race on the card provided the first winning favourite, as Dettori landed his second victory on the day, in his final run on English soil, aboard the Roger Varian-trained King Of Steel to take the continent's most valuable 1m2f contest.

Balmoral Handicap

The final race of the day followed the previous trends of the event, as the front-running Gatekeeper took the prize at big odds of 25/1 for Charlie Johnston, with the favourite Awaal all the way back in 12th.

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