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When is British Champions Day 2021?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about British Champions Day in 2021
  • Champions Day 2021 will take place on Saturday 16th October
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When is 2021 British Champions Day

British Champions Day usually takes place on the third Saturday in October. In 2021, Champions Day will take place on Saturday 16th October.

What is British Champions Day?

British Champions Day is a popular flat racing meeting staged during October. On Champions Day, four Group One prizes will be handed out, along with the Long Distance Cup and the Balmoral Handicap.

Where is the Champions Day run?

British Champions Day is always held at Ascot racecourse. Ascot is one of the oldest race tracks in the world, and it situated in Berkshire, England.

What races are run on British Champions Day?

British Champions Day opens with the Long Distance Cup, before the best sprinters do battle in the Champions Sprint. The Champion Fillies' And Mares' Stakes is up next, before one of the most important one-mile races on the calendar, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The penultimate race on Champions Day is the Champion Stakes, a ten-furlong race that sits amongst the most prestigious races in the sport. Ascot's card then closes with the thrilling Balmoral Handicap.

Which horses will run on British Champions Day in 2021?

Horses who impressed in big races like the 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Epsom Oaks often make an appearance on Champions Day. Those who competed in the Lockinge Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes, Nassua Stakes and Sussex Stakes will also make the trip to Ascot for Champions Day.

Where can I watch British Champions Day?

British Champions Day 2021 will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you'd rather watch the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

British Champions Day Live Stream

The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the British Champions Day 2021 live online:

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  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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British Champions Day History

British Champions Day was created in 2011. With financial backing from sponsors Qipco, Ascot racecard created a bumper card, featuring four fantastic Group One races.

The British Champions Series was created, and the finals of all five divisions take place on British Champions Day. To round off the card, organisers created the Balmoral Handicap, which is run over a one mile trip.

The opening race on the card is the Champions Sprint. This Group One was formerly known as the Diadem Stakes, and the race has been won by famous sprinters like Moorestyle and Slade Power.

Next up is the Long Distance Cup, which was promoted to Group Two status in 2014. Further Flight won this race for five years in a row when it was known as the Jockey Club Cup and staged at Newmarket.

Since being moved to Champions Day, star stayers like Order Of St George and Stradivarius have come out on top. In 2019, Stradivarius returned to Ascot to defend his crown, only to get pipped to the post by Kew Gardens.

When Champions Day was created, the Princess Royal Stakes was renamed the Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes. 

Ouija Board was crowned Champion Mare in 2005. She's since been followed into the winners' enclosure at Ascot by Simple Verse, Journey and Magical.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is known commonly as the QEII, and is the penultimate Group One on British Champions Day.

Brigadier Gerard and Rose Bowl both won this race twice during the 1970s. The names of Dubai Millenium, Excelebration, Solow and Frankel stand out on the QEII roll of honour.

The feature race on British Champions Day is the Champion Stakes. This Group One was first staged at Ascot in 1877, and is run over a 1m 2f trip.

Greats like Tristan, Ormonde, Sceptre and Pretty Polly all won the Champion Stakes during it's early years. Gay Crusader scored during his Triple Crown-winning campaign in 1917.

As well as winning the QEII twice, Brigadier Gerard completed a double in the Champion Stakes in the early 70s. Triptych, Alborada, Twice Over and Cracksman also claimed back to back wins.

Frankel collected his second Champions Day prize when winning the Champions Stakes in 2012. He's been emulated by the likes of Farhh, Almanzor and top filly Magical, who won for the second time on British Champions Day in 2019.


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