Oct 20 2015
Ascot Champions Day is Fitting End to Flat Racing Season
Facinating Rock won the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Saturday as the curtain came down on the flat racing season. The 10/1 chance saw off even money favourite Jack Hobbs to take the win, although the favourite’s trainer was still a big winner.
He kicked off the day with victory in the Long Distance Cup, with Frankie Dettori leading Flying Officer (6/1) to victory. That, along with Jack Hobbs’ third place finish, saw Gosden become the first trailer to win over £5 million in prize money in a year.
There was more luck for the favourites elsewhere, as Solow kept up his incredible form with victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The five-year-old has won all of his meetings since August last year, and this victory showed what incredible talent he has. With his starting price at 11/10, it looks like many saw that potential before this race.
Muhaarar retired with a win, after coming out on top in the Champions Sprint Stakes. That was his fourth successive victory, and it also ended the unbeaten record of Twilight Son, who finished second. The 5/2 favourite is being put out to stud after that win, so he’s certainly gone out on a high.
Simple Verse (5/1) won the Fillies and Mares, making his Qatari owners proud. They are title sponsors of Champions Day, and this was their first victory at the meeting. The final race saw a victory for Godolphin horse Musaddas, ridden by 17-year-old jockey Edward Greatrex. On top of having a great name, he now has a victory that’ll never forget, with plenty of time to follow it up.
The flat season has now all but drawn to a close, but that kicks off the road to the Cheltenham Festival as the National Hunt season begins in earnest. The jumps season is going to be full of thrills and spills, and with the biggest race meeting of the year less than six months away, there’s plenty to look forward to.