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Friday, July 1, 2011

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES UPDATE

NEXT RACE:               

THE CORAL-ECLIPSE STAKES, SANDOWN PARK, 3.10PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY 2 JULY)

·         An exceptional race is in prospect despite the small field with So You Think, the ex-Australian champion whose colours were lowered by Rewilding in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, looking to make amends for that reverse when he takes on last year’s Investec Derby and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero, Workforce, and last year’s Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks winner, Snow Fairy, who also landed Group 1 races in Japan and Hong Kong.

 

The Coral-Eclipse Stakes is the 16th race overall in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the fourth in the Middle Distance division:

1.       Investec Coronation Cup (1½ miles, 4yo+), Epsom, Friday 3 June – won by ST NICHOLAS ABBEY

2.       Investec Derby (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Saturday 4 June – won by POUR MOI

3.       Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1¼ miles, 4yo+), Royal Ascot, Wednesday 15 June – won by REWILDING

4.       Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Sandown Park, Saturday 2 July

5.       King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (1½ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 23 July

6.       Juddmonte International (1¼ miles, 3yo+), York, Wednesday 17 August

7.       QIPCO Champion Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 15 October

 

 

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES MIDDLE DISTANCE RANKINGS (based on official ratings)

1

Rewilding

127

2

So You Think

126

3e

Pour Moi

122

3e

St Nicholas Abbey

122

5e

Midday

121

5e

Treasure Beach

121

 

TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 15 RACES)

                                               

TRAINER

WINS

2nds

3rds

1 Aidan O’Brien

2

5

0

2 Richard Hannon

2

2

0

3(e) Henry Cecil

2

1

0

3(e) Mahmood Al Zarooni

2

1

0

5 John Gosden

1

0

2

6(e) Robert Cowell

1

0

1

6(e) Andre Fabre

1

0

1

8(e) William Haggas

1

0

0

8(e) Edward Lynam

1

0

0

8(e) Robert Collet

1

0

0

8(e) James Fanshawe

1

0

0

 

 

JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 15 RACES)

 

JOCKEY

WINS

2nds

3rds

1 Richard Hughes

2

1

1

2 Tom Queally

2

1

0

3 Frankie Dettori

2

0

0

4 Ryan Moore

1

3

2

5 Mickael Barzalona

1

1

0

6(e) William Buick

1

0

1

6(e) Jim Crowley

1

0

1

6(e) Jamie Spencer

1

0

1

9(e) Keagan Latham

1

0

0

9(e) Johnny Murtagh

1

0

0

9(e) Gerald Mosse

1

0

0

9(e) Pat Cosgrave

1

0

0

 

 

Both championships are decided on the number of winners ridden/trained across the 35-race series. In the event of a tie, the number of seconds and thirds (and, if necessary, lower placings) will be taken into account. The winners will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions at Ascot on Saturday 15 October and their nominated charity will receive a cheque for £25,000.

 


QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES RACES TO DATE (there are 35 in total, 7 in each category):

1.       QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Saturday 30 April (MILE)

Won by FRANKEL (Owner: Khalid Abdulla; Trainer: Henry Cecil; Jockey: Tom Queally)

 

2.       QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Sunday 1 May (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by BLUE BUNTING (Owner: Godolphin; Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey: Frankie Dettori)

 

 

 

 

3.       Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (1¾m, 4yo+) York, Friday 13 May (LONG DISTANCE)

Won by DUNCAN (Owner: Normandie Stud; Trainer: John Gosden; Jockey: William Buick)

 

4.       JLT Lockinge Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Newbury, Saturday 14 May (MILE)

Won by CANFORD CLIFFS (Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes)

 

5.       Betfred.com Temple Stakes (5f, 3yo+), Haydock Park, Saturday 21 May (SPRINT)

Won by SOLE POWER (Owner: Mrs S Power; Trainer: Edward Lynam; Jockey: Keagan Latham)

 

6.       Investec Coronation Cup (1½ miles, 4yo+), Epsom, Friday 3 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (Owner: Smith, Magnier, Tabor; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Ryan Moore)

 

7.       Investec Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Friday 3 June (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by DANCING RAIN (Owner: M. & L. Taylor; Trainer: William Haggis; Jockey: Johnny Murtagh)

8.       Investec Derby (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Saturday 4 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by POUR MOI (Owner: Magnier, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Andre Fabre; Jockey: Mickael Barzalona)

 

9.       Queen Anne Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Tuesday 14 June (MILE)

Won by CANFORD CLIFFS (Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes)

 

10.   King’s Stand Stakes (5f, 3yo+), Tuesday 14 June (SPRINT)

Won by PROHIBIT (Owner: Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney; Trainer: Robert Cowell; Jockey: Adam Kirby)

 

11.   St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, 3yo), Tuesday 14 June (MILE)

Won by FRANKEL (Owner: Khalid Abdulla; Trainer: Henry Cecil; Jockey: Tom Queally)

 

12.   Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1 ¼m, 4yo+), Wednesday 15 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by REWILDING (Owner: Godolphin; Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey: Frankie Dettori)

 

13.   Gold Cup (2½m, 4yo+), Thursday 16 June (LONG DISTANCE)

Won by FAME AND GLORY (Owner: Hay, Smith, Magnier, Tabor; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Jamie Spencer)

 

 

14.   Coronation Stakes (1m, 3yo), Friday 17 June (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by IMMORTAL VERSE (Owner: R. Strauss; Trainer: Robert Collet; Jockey: Gerald Mosse)

 

15.   Golden Jubilee Stakes (6f, 3yo+), Saturday 18 June (SPRINT) 

Won by SOCIETY ROCK (Owner: S. Gibson; Trainer: James Fanshawe; Jockey: Pat Cosgrave)

The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races in July are:

 

Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1¼m, 3yo+), Sandown Park, Saturday 2 July (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (1m, 3yo+ fillies & mares), Newmarket, Friday 8 July (FILLIES & MARES)

Darley July Cup (6f, 3yo+), Newmarket, Saturday 9 July (SPRINT)

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (1½m, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 23 July (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

QIPCO Sussex Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Wednesday 27 July (MILE)

Artemis Goodwood Cup (2m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Thursday 28 July (LONG DISTANCE)

Nassau Stakes (1¼m, 3yo+ fillies & mares), Goodwood, Saturday 30 July (FILLIES & MARES) 

 

 

COUNTDOWN TO THE 'EVENT OF THE YEAR' STARTS AS 2012 JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL

 

Aintree Racecourse today announced that tickets and hospitality for the 2012 John Smith’s Grand National will go on sale in just a month’s time. The prestigious race meeting, which recently won the Tourism Event of the Year Award at The Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards, returns to the famous Liverpool course from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th April 2012.

 

Hospitality will be available to purchase online or by telephone (0151 522 2911) from Tuesday 2nd August. Season ticket customers and customers purchasing a minimum of a two-day grandstand ticket will also be available to purchase badges on this day by calling 0844 579 3001.

All remaining tickets and badges, including Tattersalls tickets, will go on general sale from 9am on Tuesday 16th August on aintree.co.uk, and from Wednesday 17th August by telephone, 0844 579 3001.

A record-number of racegoers attended the three-day meeting in 2011, with attendances up on each day and John Smith’s Grand National day itself being a record sell-out prior to the event.

Hospitality and ticket packages for 2012 will shortly be revealed on aintree.co.uk, and the racecourse encourages customers to sign up for email updates from Aintree’s home page for all the latest ticketing information.

Aintree Racecourse Managing Director, Julian Thick, commented: ‘We’ve started planning for the biggest event of the year in the racing and social calendar, and so too have our most loyal racegoers.  As experienced in previous years, we expect all packages to be in great demand and therefore continue to advise customers to purchase early to avoid disappointment.’ 


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