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Qipco British Champions Day 2023 - Free Bets, Latest Odds & Betting Guide

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The 2023 Champions Day will once again feature the Champions Day as one of the last big events on the flat calendar.

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Where and When is the Ascot Champions Day?

Ascot Champions day betting is also the stuff of legends. Ascot Champions Day odds are eagerly awaited and all of the six races on the card will be priced-up in full weeks and months before the big race day – which is Saturday October 21st in 2023.

Of course Ascot racecourse near London is synonymous with its Royal Meeting but Ascot Champions Day trumps that meeting in offering some mammoth prize-money, it is the nation’s richest race-day.

In case you are wondering, there is an Ascot Champions Day dress code and it is almost as stringent as its counterpart. However, as this meeting takes place in the autumn, summer dresses will be in short supply.

Ascot Champions Day Betting Specials

Ascot has become hallowed ground for jockey Frankie Dettori and while some firms will run shy of the rider, mindful of the damage a hatful of winners ridden by the Italian could cause to their balance sheets, others will devise bespoke offers involving the legendary jockeys rides.

One thing is for certain, Ascot Champions Day odds involving his mounts will be relatively short in relation to their actual chances.

As this is an international meeting broadcast around the world, Ascot Champions Day 2023 will have its Tote pools brimming full with cash from overseas punters. More and more UK facing online bookmakers are offering access to Tote pools and depending on Ascot Champions Day results you might find yourself returns in excess to those you would get with traditional odds.

But like so many great meetings – the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National etc – bookmakers are sure to devise Ascot Champions Day odds boosts, concessions and free bets to keep their customers on side.

Ascot Champions Day Races & Schedules

The race order for Ascot British Champions Day is:

British Champions Long Distance CupGroup 22m3yo+£300,000
British Champions Sprint StakesGroup 16f3yo+£600,000
British Champions Fillies’ & Mares StakesGroup 11m 4f3yo+£550,000
Queen Elizabeth II StakesGroup 11m3yo+£1,100,000
Champion StakesGroup 11m 2f3yo+£1,300,000
Balmoral HandicapHandicap1m3yo+£250,000

All are Group 1 contests with the exception of the two-mile Long Distance Cup which is Group 2 and the closing race is a valuable handicap. The six races are all 35 and 40 minutes apart.

Champions Stakes Previous Winners

The Champions Stakes, won by the brilliant Frankel in 2012, is one of the betting highlights of the flat racing calendar. Guineas’ winners, Royal Ascot winners and the cream of the French crop often clash in this £1.3 million race. This is an outstanding race for favourites, as the list of previous winners shows…

2022 - Bay Bridge - 10/1

2021- Sealiway - 12/1

2020- Addeybb- 9/1

2019- Magical- 5/6

2018 - Cracksman - 5/6

2017 - Cracksman - 13/8

2016 - Almanzor - 11/8

2015 - Fasinating Rock - 10/1

2014 - Noble Mission - 7/1

2013 - Farhh - 11/4

2012 - Frankel - 2/11

Following on from iconic races like the Epsom Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, this is the final, pulsating showdown in the QIPCO British Champions Series Middle Distance category.

Qipco British Champions Day FAQs

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Is Ascot Champions Day televised?

It is. The action will be broadcast on ITV Racing in the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports Racing around the world and also steamed by quality bookmakers when you support your Ascot Champions day betting selection.

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How much prize money is on offer?

The total prize-money on the day is £4.35 million.

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Can I arrive at Ascot on Champions Day race day and get in?

You will most probably be able to do so but it is recommended you buy your tickets in advance. Prices start at £24 for the Queen Anne Enclosure and rise to £89 for a seat in the King Edward VII Enclosure. If you are invited into a private or corporate box you are likely to be given a complimentary Ascot Champions Day preview by a commentator, journalist or former jockey.

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What ground conditions (going) can we expect?

By mid-October the weather normally has taken a turn for the worse. It’s noteworthy the last five Champions Day meetings were run on the following going: Soft, Soft, Good, Good-to-Soft and Heavy.

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Is there a jockey to lookout for?

It may be predictable but Frankie Dettori is the man to follow especially in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes which is the richest mile race in Europe. The rider enjoyed his first ever Group 1 victory in this race with Markofdistinction in 1990. When Mark Of Esteem landed the contest in 1996, it was the third leg of his famous ‘Magnificent Seven’. In total ‘Frankie’ has won this race six times: 1990, 1996, 1999, 2007, 2010 and 2017. While Ascot Champions Day odds on Frankie Dettori mounts are are likely to be short in all races, it will be fully justified in this race.