Champion Stakes to be run on new inner course

Fellow riders form a guard of honour for Silvestre de Sousa on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot yesterday

The Champion Stakes will be staged on a new inner course at Ascot

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THE QIPCO Champion Stakes will be run on a newly-demarcated inner course in October, as Ascot bosses seek to ensure the best possible ground for the end-of-season feature.

As a result of the change, the start of the race will be moved back approximately 80 yards, resulting in a longer run to the first bend and potentially negated the impact of the draw.

“Having spoken to the Ascot course management, if the day is to continue to attract the best horses and following confirmation that the covers project is unachievable, this seems like a viable solution,” said John Gosden.

“It will be interesting to see how the course itself rides and I will definitely be taking some horses to Ascot to see how they handle it, nearer the time.

“I have previously stated my views on the draw bias that the Champion Stakes is currently affected by on the Outer Flat Course and the switch to the Inner Flat Course could help reduce it which is positive.”

More to follow . . .


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