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Racing: QUIPCO Champions Day at AscotAs the Flat racing season prepares to comes to a close with the richest raceday in the British calendar, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot (18 October), now is a great time to look back at some of the highlights.

Most recently, Treve produced an outstanding run to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the second year running, after a number of disappointing performances earlier in the year.

Other performances worth of note include three-year-old filly Taghrooda, who beat her male rivals in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot after winning the Oaks at Epsom. Another worthy of a mention must be English and Irish Derby winner Australia, trained by Aidan O’Brien. This attractive chestnut colt is bred in the purple by Galileo out of Ouija Board.

The season hasn’t been without dramas, including the Queen’s horse Estimate being among a group of racehorse disqualifed after testing positive for a prohibited substance. The positive tests are believed to have been caused by contaminated feed. There was also consternation after a national newspaper posted pictures of a seriously injured racehorse being humanely dispatched by a vet on its front cover.

So as the jump racing season gets into its stride, who would bet against AP McCoy adding yet another champion jump jockey title to his account? He jumped into the world record books once again earlier this year, this time for total career wins.

Denman Thought IÕd send you this image of Denman out hunting with the Bicester with Whaddon Chase at Frampton-on-Severn (Berkeley country) last Weds (3/12).  Kind regards  Louisa

Denman flying in his new career

The 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has fought off a deadly illness to return with flair to the hunting field