E.The Royal Ascot meeting 2011
It was yet again the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire England that held the Royal Ascot meeting this time as well. The very first such event was held in 1711 and the meeting still gets graced by the presence of the Royal Family and pertains to be quite an important
occasion on the British social calendar. This meeting attracts around 300,000 people each year and the prize money exceeds ₤4,450,000.
Along with excitement this event brings unpredicted and unexpected outcomes from the races. The meeting has attracted a good ₤300,000,000, rather more than this amount of betting.
On 15th October this season there were six races planned for the day, Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 3), Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 2), Qipco British Champions Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes, Queen Elizabeth 2 Stakes
Sponsored By Qipco (British Champions Mile) (Group 1), Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) and Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap.
“Yesterday exceeded our wildest expectations for the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day with such high class fields, absolute top class winners and a record autumn Flat crowd for the modern era”, said British Champions Series Chief Executive, Rod Street.
It was either Tom Queally or Frankie Dettori who was to be crowned the top jockey of the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot. The Jockey of the Series is awarded with a specially crafted trophy and a £25,000 cheque.
Tom Queally’s right hand for the title and the race was Frankel and playing the same role for Frankie Dettori was Opinion Poll. The jockeys of the series included Tom Queally, Frankie Dettori, William Buick, Richard Hughes and Hayley Turner.
The event also provided similar chances of appreciation for the trainers whose horses were battling for the Stakes under the above mentioned top of the line jockeys.
The table of the Trainer of the Series table was being shared by Sir Henry Cecil and Mahmood Al Zarooni but it eventually turned towards Sir Henry Cecil otherwise the nominations also included A P O’Brien, John Gosden and Richard Hannon.
This was the third time that Frankel and Excelebration came face to face for the million prize money at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and it was yet a third time claimed by Sir Henry Cecil trained and Tom Queally rode Frankel.