Ascot Racecourse is pleased to announce that total prize money available in 2023 will be a record £17 million across 25 racedays. The overall figure excludes the industry-owned QIPCO British Champions Day.
After a busy month at Park Paddocks with the October Yearling Sale and the Autumn HIT Sale, attention shifts to the forthcoming December Yearling Sale, December Foal Sale and December Mare Sale.
BAAEED (GB) was announced as the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards during a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London yesterday evening. Trained by William Haggas, Baaeed faced stiff opposition to claim the Cartier Horse of the Year accolade, with Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner ALPINISTA (GB) among the other nominees.
British trainers hold a strong hand heading into Tuesday’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup, with Deauville Legend the clear favourite for James Ferguson and Without A Fight fancied as second best for father-son co-trainers Simon and Ed Crisford.
John Gosden and co-trainer son Thady will take aim at the Breeders’ Cup next Saturday 5th November with multiple Group 1 winners Nashwa and Mishriff, both of whom were reported to be in fine form this week ahead of their engagements at Keeneland Racecourse. In a two-part Team British Racing feature, John Gosden reflected on the year so far for both horses and how each is suited to the challenge ahead.
2022 has been a landmark year for George Boughey, as he registered a first Classic success with Cachet in the Group 1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas. That filly has been somewhat of a flagbearer for Boughey, as twelve months ago, she became the stable’s first Breeders’ Cup runner, finishing 4th in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf at Del Mar. A year on and Boughey has his eyes set on the US end of season showpiece once again, this time with Via Sistina*.
* Since this story was published, Via Sistina has been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The initial catalogue features 1,552 lots and includes more than 70 Group or Listed performers. The sale will offer progressive horses in training combined with fillies and mares from outstanding international families, plus drafts from leading racing operations such as Juddmonte, Godolphin and Shadwell.
BAAEED (GB) was unable to round out his sparkling career with a win in the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on QIPCO British Champions Day, and it was instead BAY BRIDGE (GB) who took the honours, holding off a persistent ADAYAR through the final stages of the 1 mile 2 furlong contest.
KINROSS COMPLETES GROUP 1 DOUBLE AT QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY TO CONTINUE FINE AUTUMN FOR STALLION KINGMAN
Two weeks after proving himself the ‘Seven Furlong King’ with a sixth triumph at that trip in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret, KINROSS (GB) showed that he can do it as six furlongs too with a dominant display in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.
DURSTON (GB) became the third individual Group 1 winner bred at Lanwades Stud this year after winning the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne. In doing so, the gelding gave Lanwades resident stallion SEA THE MOON a second Group 1 winner after 2020 Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes laureate ALPINE STAR.