Her Majesty the Queen was at Ascot yesterday afternoon for the grand finale of the British flat racing season, QIPCO British Champions Day.
Queen Elizabeth II was joined by celebrities including BBC Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, DJ Sigala, Robson Green, Clare Balding, DCI Banks actor Stephen Tompkinson, Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker, author Jilly Cooper and presenter Ed Chamberlain for the richest raceday in Britain where £4.26 million in prize money was up for grabs.
Her Majesty made the presentation to the winning connections of the £1.1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to jockey Ryan Moore.
Other celebrities present included Olympic gold medallists Jade Jones (taekwondo), Nick Skelton (show jumping) Paralympian gold medallist Hannah Cockroft (wheelchair racing), Natasha Baker (dressage), Rowing couple Matthew Langridge and Polly Swann, Paralympics’ golden swimming couple, Sascha & Nyree Kindred and the first ever Briton to win a trampolining medal, Bryony Page.The QIPCO British Champions Series is designed to throw the spotlight on Britain’s best Flat races and will climax on 15 October 2016 with the richest fixture in British racing history, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.
The Series featured 35 Flat races staged at ten of the UK’s leading racecourses: Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Newbury, Newmarket’s July Course, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York. It encompasses the top races at British racing’s key festivals, including the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket, the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom, Royal Ascot, the Newmarket July Festival, The Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.
The QIPCO British Champions Series comprises five easy-to-follow champion categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares. QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday is the richest Flat race day in the British calendar with £4.2m in prize money on offer and boasts a card comprising four Group 1s, a Group 2 and the richest mile handicap in Europe.