With less than one-month to go until QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse, many stars from the flat racing season are putting the final touches to their preparations for the richest raceday in the United Kingdom.
Royal Ascot winner My Dream Boat returning for Champions Day
My Dream Boat, shock winner of the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot is being lined-up for a crack at the QIPCO Champions Stakes – the highlight race of Champions Day.
The Champion Stakes is one of the most prestigious horse races on the planet and has been one by the likes of Frankel, Farhh, Cirrus Des Aigles and Noble Mission in recent seasons, now trainer Clive Cox is hoping his star four-year-old can add his name to that illustrious list.
After his victory at Royal Ascot, My Dream Boat has posted good efforts in the Coral-Eclipse and QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, after his latest run Cox said: “He has come out of the race well and we will be looking at the Champion Stakes.
“We are very relaxed about this time of year as we are likely to get more rain than not, so he should have his perfect surface.”
The 2016 QIPCO Champions Stakes is lining up to be another classic renewal with a host of Group One winners set to line-up including last year’s winner Fascinating Rock (7-1); Almanzor (9-4); Jack Hobbs (12-1) and Hawkbill (16-1).
A fantastic race in prospect.
Quiet Reflection set for QIPCO Champions Day run
Quiet Reflection one of the stars of the flat racing season will be looking to add another Group One to her impressive CV when she heads for the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot Racecourse.
The Karl Burke filly has had a sensational season winning two major Group One contests in the Commonwealth Cup (Royal Ascot) and the 32Red Sprint Cup (Haydock) – taking her overall record to seven wins from nine starts.
The Champions Sprint Stakes is one of the most exhilarating races anywhere in the world and has attracted another stellar field for 2016 Champions Day with the likes of Meccas Angel, Limato and Twilight Son all set to battle Quiet Reflection for the prestigious prize.
And Burke issued a positive update on his stable star saying: “All being well she’ll go to Ascot for the Qipco British Champions Sprint, then if she’s safe and sound after that she’ll be rested and come back into training next year.
“She’ll have a quiet week of walking, with a few canters, so we can keep pumping feed into her. She lost seven kilos at Haydock, which is similar to Royal Ascot. She’ll soon put that back on, then we can pick things up gently as we prepare her for Ascot.”
Galileo Gold returning to Ascot for Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day
Galileo Gold winner of the 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes will return to Ascot for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – one of the best races of QIPCO Champions Day.
The star colt has been in fantastic form throughout the season for Hugo Palmer contesting the very best Group One contests across Europe. His highlight victories at Royal Ascot and Newmarket have marked him down as one of the best of his generation.
Despite his long campaign, Palmer is confident the son of Paco Boy has one more, big run in him saying: “Galileo Gold will go straight to the QEII Stakes. He over-raced (at Deauville) and got a bit buzzed up which is the sign of a hard season.
“We will give him a bit of time but he will have to be at his best at Ascot, maybe even better. Whether he has a pacemaker has yet to be discussed.”