The Ascot racecourse

The Ascot racecourse is in Ascot, Berkshire, and is near Windsor Castle, about 6 miles away from it. That is a course where thoroughbred horses race. It is the venue for 9 out of the 32 Group 1 races held in Britain. The races are run between May and October. In the winter, the Ascot racecourse is the venue for jump racing events. Out of all the events taking place on the Ascot racecourse, the July King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the prime in terms of prestige.

The British Champions Series

The British Champions Day is the climax of the British Champions Series. The series comprises the top flat races in Britain and was inaugurated in 2011.

The sponsor for the series events is the QIPCO, a Qatari investment group. The group became the sponsor in 2011, and renewed its sponsorship in 2015, to last until 2024 at the least. The deal concluded is the largest sponsorship deal in the history of horse racing in Britain.

The British Champions Day

The event has been organised since 2011. It is held on the Ascot racecourse, in October. The 2017 Champions Day is scheduled for 21 October.

On Champions Day, the finals take place of the Champions Series five divisions, plus a handicap race over one mile, the Balmoral Handicap. With its rich programme, the day is auspicious for online betting on the races run on that day.

Out of the races comprised in the Champions Day, the Champions Sprint Stakes, the Long Distance Cup, and the Fillies and Mares Stakes were transferred from Newmarket. The Champions Sprint and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes were part of the Ascot events.

British Champions Day 2017 schedule

The gates will open at 10:30 am, and will close at 7:30 pm.

The first race starts at 1:25 pm, and the last race kicks off at 4:25 pm.

  • First race: The Long Distance Cup, a Group 2 race
  • Second race: The Champions Sprint Stakes, a Group 1 race
  • Third race: The Fillies and Mares Stakes, a Group 1 race
  • Fourth race: The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a Group 1 race
  • Fifth race: The Champion Stakes, a Group 1 race
  • Last race: The Balmoral Handicap race

QBCD AscotThe Long Distance Cup

This flat race, of Group 2, is for thoroughbred horses of 3 or more years of age. The distance run is 2 miles. The track is right handed.

The race was of Group 3 until 2014, when it was upgraded to Group 2.

The Champions Sprint Stakes

This flat race, of group 1, was originally called the Diadem Stakes. It is for horses of 3 or more years of age. The distance run is 6 furlongs. The track is straight.

The race was of Group 3, then of Group 2 until 2015, when it was upgraded to Group 1.

The Fillies and Mares Stakes

Previously called the Pride Stakes, this flat race of Group 1 is for fillies and mares of 3 years and more of age. The distance run is one mile and 4 furlongs. The track is right handed.

Previously being of Group 3, then of Group 2, in 2013 the race was upgraded to Group 1.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

This flat race, of Group 1, is for horses of age 3 or more years. The distance over which the race is run is one mile. The track is straight.

The Champion Stakes

That race, a flat one, of Group 1, is for thoroughbred horses of 3 or more years of age. The distance run is one mile and 2 furlongs. The track is right handed.

The Balmoral Handicap

That is a race for horses aged 3 or more years, and is run over a one mile distance.

British Champions Day betting

Since the rebranded Champions Day started to be held on the Ascot racecourse, in 2011, each year in October the event has attracted attention with the high class horse races and the opportunities for online betting on these races.

The final races in each of the five categories of the Champions Series are the eagerly awaited final races, and emotions and expectations are piling. These are end of the season championship races which attract fitting attention months before the day, 21 October, as punters study the odds and take advantage of the opportunities to grab free bets as well. Online bookmaking sites are on the ready, with odds, offers, and tips for those who are novices in horse racing betting and in betting on British Champions Day.

The ante post bets

The ante post betting odds are in the spotlight for all fans of online betting on horse racing. In the run up to the Champions Day 2017, 21 October, ante post betting odds are on offer, so get acquainted with the odds offered by online bookies, and decide on your wager. Comparing the prices on diverse online bookmaking sites, you will be able to grab the best odds. Punters can use their skills and knowledge, assess the risks involved prior to the races, and take advantage of the more auspicious prices on offer in the period prior to the event. Taking risks and betting is more thrilling, and also the prices are much more attractive than when placing bets immediately prior to the race start.

The six races scheduled for the grand day provide a host of opportunities for making selections and placing ante post bets.

Free bets on the British Champions Day

The offers of online bookies which will provide you with free bets are extended with diverse bonus amounts. You will find the enticing offers on online bookmaking sites home pages. It is time to study the offers and choose the one or ones that best suit your preferences. When you register, make your first deposit, and place your first bet, you will get diverse amounts of free bets. Your free bet amount can reach up to £200, which is the offer on Bet365. There are also offers for new clients of trebling the odds on the first bet.