Wealth of talent entered for British Champions day

Kingman wins at Royal Ascot

Kingman: just one of the superstars entered for British Champions day

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

THERE is no shortage of star potential for this season’s Qipco British Champions day at Ascot on October 18, as a host of top-class performers have been entered across the five Group races on the card.

The Champion Stakes has attracted 37 entries, including the last two winners of the Derby, Australia and Ruler Of The World. They could clash with Taghrooda, who has also been given an entry for the Fillies Mares Stakes.

Cirrus Des Aigles has roared back to form this year at the age of eight, and the 2011 Champion Stakes winner boasts a fine record in the race, winning it in 2011 then runner-up for the next two years.

Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said: “Cirrus des Aigles is fine, he has recovered well from the injury that he sustained at Epsom on Derby Day, demonstrating his usual courage.

“He has come back into training and we are just starting to work him again, although we are doing everything very slowly and taking our time with him.

“I would like to get him back for the Prix Dollar at Longchamp [a race he has won twice before] on the day before the Arc and if everything goes well there it would be great to run him in the Champion Stakes for a fourth time.”

Kingman conquered Toronado in the Sussex Stakes, and the pair could clash again in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Richard Hannon has also entered Olympic Glory and Toormore, while Miss France and Rizeena are among the fillies who could take on the colts in the mile Group 1.

Last year’s Fillies Mares Stakes winner Seal Of Approval may attempt to defend her crown, though faces stiff opposition from Talent, Sultanina and Pomology, with 39 entries received.

In the British Champions Sprint, Intrinsic has the chance to take on the Eddie Lynam-trained duo of Sole Power and Slade Power.

Trainer Robert Cowell said:  “Intrinsic is absolutely fine after Goodwood, he has come out of the race really well and looks wonderful. We could run him again quickly or wait until he is fresh, it wouldn’t matter with him.

 “The Qipco British Champions Sprint is a strong possibility and I will be having a long chat with his owner, Malih al Basti, probably at the weekend, to map out a course of action for him.”

Of the leading stayers, Cavalryman, Brown Panther, Estimate and Leading Light are all contenders for the British Champions Long Distance Cup.

As well as the five Group races, this year the Balmoral handicap, Europe’s richest handicap, will be run for the first time. Total prize-money for the card is £3.75 million.


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