9 reasons why QIPCO British Champions Day was a big hit *PICTURES*

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  • With record prize-money, a huge crowd, champions being crowned and much more, Ascot racecourse hosted a fitting finale to the Flat seaon (17 October)

    £4.1million prize-money
    It was the fifth year this prestigious raceday has been held and 2015 broke records for prize-money offered in Britain on a single day.

    2. A crowd of 30,697
    Attendance on the day at Ascot racecourse was up by nearly 2,000 on last year’s figure (28,741) — it was the best attendance since Frankel won in 2012 (32,000).

    3. A champion is crowned
    Silvestre De Sousa (below) was presented with his 2015 Stobart champion Flat jockey title in front of a packed crowd.

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    4. A Royal day
    Winning jockeys, owners and trainers received their trophies from The Queen and the Household Cavalry led the winners in (below).


    5. Curtain closes on 2015 season
    It was a fitting finale to the European Flat racing season, with four Group One races out of the six on the racecard — the richest raceday in the British calendar.

    6. Champion horses
    Two of the races were won by outright champions; Solow (below), in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes ridden by Maxime Guyon, and Muhaarar, in Sprint Stakes ridden by Paul Hanagan.

    7. A battle to the finish
    Simple Verse and Journey provided a thrilling finish to the Fillies and Mares Stakes. The eventual winner Simple Verse delighted owner Sheikk Fahad Al Thani — the raceday’s sponsor.

    8. Flying Frankie
    The first race of the day, the Long Distance Cup, went the way of Frankie Dettori and Flying Officer. The jockey didn’t disappoint the crowd following the race by doing his trademark flying dismount in the winners’ enclosure.

    9. Rocking the grandstand
    Paloma Faith closed the day’s proceeding with her performance after racing in front of the 30,000-strong crowd — along with Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson and Rick Parfitt Jnr.

    Don’t miss the full report from QIPCO British Champions Day in the 22 October issue of Horse & Hound magazine

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