Clare Balding presents coverage of the most valuable day's horse racing ever staged in the UK. The day starts with the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
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has come through save us. We couldn't have asked for a more
beautiful day here at Ascot, the sun is shining, the temperatures in
the 80s and the crowds pouring in to celebrate a top, top class day
of racing. Henry Cecil will be someone they hope to see in the
winners' enclosure, Aidan O'Brien as well. You don't have to be old
to enjoy a day at the races, anyone can come here and know they're
seeing the very best in equine horse flesh, the best sort of power
and elegance. Joey the puppet from the play War Horses is here to
entertain the crowds. The way he's operated almost emphasises the
beauty of the horse and the flightiness that you can get in
thoroughbred racehorses. This is what the crowd are here to see, the
culmination of a six month flat season that's covered 35 races and
the first ever Qipco Champions' Day we couldn't have expected it would
be this good? I wore a suit with a bit of weight to it and it's
actually hotter here today than it was here for the Royal meeting back
in June. It's amazing, an amazing day to start off the Qipco champion
ship day and we have got seven out of ten top rated horses running
here today in the whole world, not just in England, the whole world!
This is a fantastic series, and this is the number one. Put your
recording on because in 50 years' time, if you can live that long,
you will still want to see it! Cup Final day with five Cup Final
matches coming up to your live on the BBC. We start here on BBC Two,
switch to BBC One, and in terms of horses that will dominate the
headlines, the number one is Frankel. He's unbeaten in eight
starts so far, goes to make it nine in the QEII, coming up later.
So You Think is a global superstar bred in New Zealand raced in
Australia, trained in Ireland, Ryan Moore takes the ride for Aidan
O'Brien and that's something we may see more of in the years to come,
the rumours this week that Ryan Moore will join Aidan O'Brien and
raid for Ballydoyle, do you think it's true and it's a good move?
Definitely a gad move for both. Everybody involved -- good move.
There's Fran Berry with him. He'll be riding against him if he take
this is job in Ireland, but it's not been substantiated yet. It's
just a rumour, only a rumour, and we hope today maybe somebody will
come along and say it's true or possibly we'll get the denial. It's
a very big rumour on the racecourse here today. We are here to
celebrate everything that is wonderful about thoroughbred horse
racing, but it's been an extraordinary week for the sport
can the headlines dominated and more news broadcast than I can ever
remember around racing because of the change in the whip rules that
came in on Monday restricting jockeys to using the whip seven
times in the flat races and five in the final furlong. One of those
who's taken um bridge at the severity of the punment is Richard
Hughes and top jockey Richard Hughes is here today to offer his
apology to Sheikh FA head Altani, the man behind Qipco, for
distracting the attention here from the meeting. -- Sheikh Fahed.
This is about as exciting I've been about a day's sport in a very long
time. Mick, how much are you looking forward to this day?
can't wait. The buzz around this place is terrific. People are here
to see one horse that,'s Frankel. That horse is versatile as regards
the ground. The official going is good which some people may find
surprising, considering the fact it's been very dry and they had to
put four mill metres of water on the course in the week. Are you
surprised in I bumped into Aidan O'Brien and he said it was
beautiful ground. If you get a trainer like him saying that,
that's all they can ask for. They are trying to get a level playing
field for what is the richest day in British racing. A lot of people
are talking about the ground and who will go on it. The Queen
Elizabeth Stakes against Frankel, Immortal Verse? She's got to be
able to cope with ground conditions like this. Nathaniel was taken out
of the Derby because the ground was quick. Maybe it might not suit him,
especially as we have such a beautiful day. Nathaniel runs in
the Champion Stakes, the most valuable race. How will So You
Think go? He'll love it. He's a smart horse. Just behind us, the
starting stalls in place for the first race of the day, the Long
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Distance Cup, the first of five everything in the betting ring.
This morning the best backed horse is So You Think from Ireland, the
�30,000 at 3-1, the 5-has gone, it's a 9-4 shot. My old mate Gary
is usually standing next to me and when he disappears, it's usually
fish and chips or a bookies board. He's already eaten so it's not food.
You have found something unusual? Champions' Day and I've found a
price. 1-2 Frankel. Why have you gone 1-2? It's Champions' Day on a
Championship racecourse. We want to give the punters a chance. We have
taken 2.5 million in stakes by 10.30 this morning. You can double
that with the multiples, this horse will cost us a fortune if he's as
good as we think he is. This is Champions' Day and you are still
one and two on the board. Wonder why you look sad, John, you might
be even sadder later. No eggs and bacon for me and probably not for a
week if this thing wins! Frankel. Unbelievable. Better than
buying money. This afternoon, we are going to
show you something a little different, an enhancement to our
coverage on the BBC, and it's all to do with this little twice which
every single horse that runs here today is carrying in their saddle
cloth and it transmits to around 60 censors around the track meaning we
can look at every single horse in every of the races and see exactly
how fast they covered every furlong. Also, you will be able to see on
the top left hand side there the speed the leading horse is doing in
miles per hour and every quarter mile, the cumulative time. Look at
the top left hand of your screen in the yellow box, you can see the mph
soon after the start. They'll be going about 35mph, if they head
towards 40, that's very quick indeed. Afterwards, we have a
closer look and we'll show you in some details how fast the horses
cover each individual furlong, or at least that's the plan.
It's a fabulous line-up we've got for you. Five fantastic races.
Let's have alike at the first of them. The runners are going to post
for the first race, the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
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Let's check the runners and riders Opinion Poll 5-2, that's solid. Big
bets going in for Opinion Poll but what a day. Nay harm's been backed
as well. And Times Up, the weak horse out the three fame and gloir.
-- Nehaam's been backed and the weak horse out of three is knee
way down to the start for the first race, the Qipco British Champions
Long Distance Cup. Here is what happened in the category up to this
racing up on the outside, grabs the lead now -- Fame And Glory. Opinion
Poll driven out by Frankie Dettori. He's made it - just! Opinion Poll
wearing down Duncan. They are sluging it out. Opinion Poll and
Cup. At Leger win for trainer John
Gosden. There is and there will continue to
be a lot of support for this horse, Opinion Poll, partly because he's a
proven stayer and hikes it here at Ascot as well. He was second in the
Ascot Gold Cup. Partly also because of the man on board. Frankie
Dettori would get this day off to a flying start were he to be
successful in the very first race. It look as if this is a race
between Opinion Poll and the horse behind him in shot there, Fame And
Glory and possibly Times Up. What are your thoughts on Opinion Poll,
a tricky horse to ride? Opinion Poll is reputed to want a little
more cut in the ground than it is today. But, I was speaking to
Johnny Murtagh who nearly always runs the course before racing to
get a few pound off, and he came in and he was saying that this ground
is like a carpet, every horse should be able to let himself down
and go, you know, run to his best on the ground today.
Something interesting about Opinion Poll. Since the start of 2010 he's
won four from five in Frankie Dettori and one from ten in other
jockeys. They definitely get on together. Times Up? He ran for the
first time in his life and he's bred to be a stayer for over two
miles at Newmarket. He came there at the furlong poll on the bridle.
He is definitely up in class today, but he's a horse that possibly
first time over two miles at Newmarket, two miles again today,
he's going to be a Gold Cup horse for next year. Fame And Glory would
be the other horse there who won our gold Cup. He ran a very bad
race last time at the Curragh, but the ground was very soft. He likes
top of the ground, this fella and that was his... He's a very, very
big price because he beat Opinion Poll in the Gold Cup. So why can't
he beat him again? He's repute, by his trainer, to saying he's not
quite in the same level as he was on Gold Cup day. He didn't say he
couldn't win though. We have an interesting race there. Those are
the three horses that one of those three I think will be the winner.
And if there is anything to challenge them, it could be the
grey gelding Colour Vision, Desousa taking the ride for Mark Johnston
and three-year-olds have won two of the last four runnings of this and
filled the first three placings in 2009. So don't rule out Colour
sweat was Darley Sun. So they walk forward now. This is the first race
on Qipco British Champions day settling down for the Long Distance
cup. They're off and running and Eternal Heart is on a flyer. Behind
them is Darley Sun, but Eternal Heart in its usual role taking up
the running. Fame And Glory away smartly on the inside. Chiberta
King on the inside. Motrice. Times Up. Opinion Poll has the nose band.
Nehaam on the inside with the striped cap. Polly's Mark. Colour
Vision followed then at the rear by Darley Sun. They are going 32mph
upfront as they race down to the straight now. Chiberta King crosss
to the inside. Leading by a length and a half to in second Fame And
Glory. One length further back is Times Up. Motrice. Darley Sun in
the white cap on the inside of Opinion Poll. They continue their
journey down the side of the course now, passing the mile and a half
game. Last couple there, Colour Vision is right out the back as
they travel down past the mile and a half. So fame and gloirbgs a five
time group winner and Gold Cup winner is the leader by a length
and a half -- Fame And Glory. Chiberta King. The pace is very
generous. Just behind them, as they race downhill is Times Up, followed
by, on the outside, Eternal Heart. They're going 43, 44mph. They are
just steadying a bit in front as they race down past the mile. Fame
And Glory. Chiberta King. Times Up. Eternal Heart, Nehaam. Deeper on
the track Motrice. Opinion Poll is in the centre. A length to Colour
Vision. Polly's Mark is back in the field. Darley Sun. 35mph now and
the leader still Chiberta King and Fame And Glory from Chiberta King.
A length away in third follows tiepgs up and Eternal Heart and
Motrice -- Times Up. Motrice starting to improve rapidly.
Frankie Dettori getting busy on Opinion Poll in the blue jacket of
Godolphin, followed by Nehaam from Colour Vision, Polly's Mark and and
four-and-a-half furlongs to go. Motrice is flat to the boards.
Chiberta King. Toward the end of the straight, here is Frankie on
Opinion Poll. It's Fame And Glory going well in the lead by a length
and a half as they pass the three and are about to straighten for
home. Times Up in second. Followed by Motrice. Nehaam going into third,
followed by Opinion Poll on the outside. They're clear of the
others. Lorvition getting up on the fence. -- Colour Vision.
Opinion Poll going into second, followed by Nehaam. On the inside,
Times Up. Inside the final furlong, fame and gloir getting weary, still
two-and-a-half lengths clear -- Fame And Glory. Fame And Glory has
done enough to win. Wins the Long Distance Cup from a tight second
there. Opinion Poll second. Colour Vision. Times Up, Eternal Heart,
followed by Darley Sun and Polly's Mark. Further back, Motrice and
last to finish, Chiberta King. The Gold Cup winner has been good
enough to win the first Qipco British Champions race. The Long
Distance Cup over two miles. Fame And Glory, Jamie Spencer, is the
Opinion Poll. Near side is Colour Vision and the far side in fourth
is Nehaam. A gap to Times Up in fifth. Then a long gap to the
others, Eternal Heart has finished a long way behind. Polly's Mark in
the yellow. The white cap of Darley Sun. Second is number 5, Opinion
Poll. That's official now. Makes Colour Vision third and there's
Motrice crossing the line and the others coming in at very long
intervals. Still a couple, Chiberta King was last to finish. Let's he
can the one, two, three. Clsh -- let's check on the one, two, three.
The winner trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Jamie Spencer. A 3-1
winner in the time of 3.26.50. What a great way to start Qipco
British Champions day. We are seeing here a real superstar stayer,
a horse who had only See the Stars better than him as a three-year-old.
He's stepped up to the plate. He's the new Yeats. Frankie Dettori came
wide on Opinion Poll and tried to get the horse going for him, he
needs an awful lot of motivation. Jamie Spencer grabbed this race by
the scruff of the neck and said, I am going to make this a real test,
and it paid off. Yes. The last time the trainers said the race at the
Curragh, they quickened it up and slowed her down. They accepted the
pace. Today, Jamie Spencer did not accept the pace and he said, after
he went past the mile and a half start, this pace is not fast enough,
I'd better go and make it himself. And that is exactly what he did.
The horse was getting a bit tired at the finish, but he's done it the
hard way. He's the true staying champion. He's won the two possibly
main races for staying horses of the year. The gold cup and this
champions two mile race here today. Actually, Jamie Spencer, everybody
says he rides out the back, but there again today, we can see that
he can do it from the front. The boy has got a clock in his head.
great training performance from Aidan O'Brien to bring this horse
back from frankly two disappointing runs. They were both on soft ground
at the Curragh and particularly last time, he just didn't look
himself at all. But today, back to his best and remarkable to be able
to win the Ascot Gold Cup. Come back here on British Champions day
and win the Long Distance race as well. He is a genuine champion
stayer, isn't he? Of course he is. He was good enough to run in the
classics, Fame And Glory, and of course, Ballydoyle, got so many
good horses, they said, right, we'd better go now that Yeats has
retired. They chose this horse to be their staying candidate and of
course, he's done the job really, really well. He's winning the main
staying races and he looks as though he'd have to be favourite to
win the Gold Cup here at Ascot next June. In fact, he gets a quote of
3-1 favourite for next year's Ascot Gold Cup.
Willie speaking very confidently, he was speaking confidently without
the race in our production meeting. He wouldn't hear of this horse
being beaten. He's been spot on there. This horse is is its 13th
win in 21 starts, an outstanding horse, a great credit to his
absolutely perfect, those that are coming in after riding in our first
race. He's an Irish Derby winner, he's a Gold Cup winner, but he's
also a Coronation Cup winner at Epsom, so he's a really versatile
horse, he can handle all sorts of ground and courses and he's really
appreciated the conditions of today's race. He's won it very,
very well. He goes into the history books as the very first winner of a
Qipco British Champions race. That is the Long Distance cup. Jamie
Spencer. He is the winning jockey and that was his 99th winner of the
season. Had a great season, not only here, but also abroad as well
with those trips to America and also in these colours, Cape Blanco
owned by Mrs And Dr Haye and they race this in partnership with
derrick Smith, Sue Magna and Michael Taylor.
Here we see time and glory coming into the winners' enclosure. Aidan
O'Brien will be hoping they win this horse because the Ascot crowd
love Ascot specialists and Fame And Glory's proved himself that by
winning the Ascot Gold Cup and coming back and taking this. A big
reception for Jamie Spencer. Mrs Taylor there obviously thought,
like I did, it would be a lot colder than I did. Fame and floir
was lugging towards the rail and getting tired, wasn't he -- Fame
And Glory? Yes. The Joness are here to see this horse win. A great day
for even at Ballydoyle and for the breeders as well. You can see the
changes being made today to make sure this looks and feels different
from any race day that's ever been staged. Yes, look at how many
people are here, Claire, there isn't one little spot. If you
wanted to come in here, you would have to fight to get a spot to see
the horses. Michael Taylor and Derek Smith congratulating Jamie
Spencer. Jamie is their retained jockey, so he'll continue to ride
the horses in which the Hayes are involved, whatever the jockey
arrangements at Ballydoyle next wonder from John and Gary down in
the betting ring, whether that was a result that's hurt the bookies,
because I know when the Ballydoyle mob like a horse and support it,
they can have serious money on it, John? Certainly can, Claire, but
for the moment, they've won the first here with Fame And Glory.
Claire was asking the question, a bit of money late on for Fame And
Glory but it's not that horse that's been the biggest backed?
rp right, bouz So You Think in the champions stakes was the first. All
the money will be running up. If you fancy So You Think, take the
price now, it will be a lot less come just after 4 o'clock, John.
Aidan O'Brien, how happy are you get to horse back at his best?
Delighted. Like even knew, his big day this year was Ascot Gold Cup
and he was trained very hard for it. Out of respect and to the horses,
we had to be gentle and kind to him after that. We chased him hard for
the Gold Cup and you don't want to do that to a horse twice this a
year. He had his break, two nice comebacks and we chased them a
little bit today first, but delighted. Jamie gave him a super
ride. He knew the horse really well and when he turned down, he just
led him into a lovely rhythm. Delighted. Royal Ascot Gold Cup
next year? Listen, obviously that'll be everybody else's
decision, so, you know, we just feel privileged to have him this
year and wouldn't it be great. We'll let you go and swap you over
with Jamie. Thank you very much. You heard Aidan singing your
praises about the ride. When did you concoct that plan? We were
always going to be positively relative. Jimmy said he'd go a good
one, so I followed him. Once he turned to go by the stands, the
horse was idle so I slipped down and let my fella use his stride.
Without trying to sound patronising, Aidan O'Brien, how can he get him
to turn the form around? I was so gutted at the Curragh because you
expect him to win, odds on favourite for a classic and nothing
happened, but he was just electric today and every time something came
to me, they were setting him alight. He was shooting on again. He was
entitled to idle at the last 100 yards but he did well. It's
exciting, Qipco's a great day's racing, I hope everybody grasps it
because it's something new and we should praise them because without
them we wouldn't have such an exciting day. Other than Royal
Ascot, I can't remember being so excited for a race. What was that
like walking back into the winners enclosure? Seemed like a different
day to Ascot? It's a Group three, but they're the best Stayers and
have been running against each other all year. That should be very
exciting, delighted to be part of Fame and gloish won the first race
of the afternoon, -- Fame And Glory. We can have a look for you at the
decision after about half a mile to go through and take the lead. We'll
highlight for you, there he is the winner, Fame And Glory. The runner
up Opinion Poll is there. Colour Vision there and necessity haum
there. Chiberta King was in front and with the aid of the times they
were going 27, 28mph early on. they were. Now Jamie Spencer know
that's horse has no problems with stamina. He said, this is no good
for me. I'm going to ride the race and dictate matters to suit me and
that's exactly what Jamie has done. Added to that fact, he's gone at
that stage of the race alw, we'll see that later on, they're going
downhill. So they will get faster, though they're not making it harder
for themselves on this track. It would be different on the straight
track. Let's have a look at the straight. You have the winner there.
Here is Opinion Poll. He's come round the outside. Yeah, but he
knows, Frankie knows, Jamie Spencer, he saw him look round. He's
weighing up the opposition. You see Jamie have a look there. Frankie
knows I've got to get after him because he's had a freeby up front.
He's chased him. He has no option. You never see Frankie go that wide
round a bend, but he had no option. He's had to chase. But the bird had
flown. And at that stage, between the three, just before the turn to
the two furlong pole and the winner of the race put in his fastest
furlong. Jamie's won the race by taking the lead 12 furlongs out and
seized it by getting his horse to quicken round the home turn.
Because of that it must have seemed an eternity for the finishing line
to come to him. Good performances in second, third and fourth. Colour
Vision ran really. That's the first race of the day. Fame And Glory
winning. Real jubilation for Aden O'Brien
and his family. They know how good this horse is. The family are here
to celebrate. Aden moves on to four winners. Sir Henry Cecil has six.
In terms of jockeys, Frankie Dettori has moved ahead of Tom
Queally through finishing second there. He has five wins, three
seconds now, two thirds and it's those two thirds that move him
ahead of Tom Queally. This is just for the Qipco champions series.
Let's hear from John Magma. What a great start to the day. How good a
training performance was that to get this horse back to his best?
tell you, it was a good training performance, there's no doubt about
that. When you train a horse to win a Gold Cup, you have to have them
so supremely fit, it takes a lot out of them. To get them back to
that level of fitness that's what he did. A sensational ride as well?
Yeah, you've got to hand it to Jamie, that's a great ride. No
better man than Jamie on his day. big day, the horse that most people
will associate with you, So You Think in the last race. Most
occasions a horse running in the Arc, two weeks later, people worry
about the closeness of the race. Can you ease the worries by saying
he can take it. He went from Ascot to Sandown pretty quick this year N
Australia he ran three races in ten days, the last one being a two-mile
race. Had eran wling in that. There for the grace of God, he looks like
a horse that can do that sort of thing. What do you make of this new
day at Ascot? It's fantastic, a great course and the sponsors have
done a great job in promoting the day. It couldn't be better.
Hopefully you'll get some more of their money. Thank you. And this
day has the royal seal after profl. Her Majesty the Queen arriving
through the gate here at Ascot and she is here to watch the final four
races of this British champions series. She will present the trophy
to the winner of the Quene Elizabeth II Stakes, that race at
3.35pm. Franc sl odds on favourite to win that one.
-- Frankel is odds on favourite to win.
Johnny Weatherby there greeting the Queen. She will make her way to the
Royal Box. The trophy presentation for the first race. Tom James is
Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. Great start to the
day. Fantastic start. They've got the best stayer that there is in
Europe winning our first race. The championship Qipco stayers race, so
we're on a roll, as it were. We have got a lot more to come. We've
got even better to come! We V we have Frankel still to come, So You
Think as well. The top sprint race and fillies and mares race as well.
A stunning line up on an extraordinary day. We'd like to
take this opportunity, before we switch over to BBC One to say very,
very best wishes and a quick recovery to two former jump jockeys
and great trainer, he is in hospital at the moment in
septicaemia. We hope that he makes a recovery. Pums through, come on
Josh! -- pulls through. He and Terry Biddlecombe suffered a stroke
earlier in the week. He's now home and recovery. Josh and Terry were
at the head of jump racing, as jockeys, both of them trading
titles and great, great friends. And great people, you know, they're
really the stal warts of the racing community, 20, 30 years ago. Josh
went on and became a very successful trainer, taking over
from Ryan Price, very successful and Terry who did train, not quite
with the same distinction as Josh. Now one of the innovations of this
champions series is a lot of focus on the equine heroes, but also far
higher profile for the jockeys. They are required before all of
these champions series races to come out and stand by their banners
in front of the crowd. Richard Hill there. The banners have the owner's
colours on them with the name. Richard Hills a man with so much
experience in the saddle. That's the manager there. Kieron Fallon
takes over from Richard Hughes. Richard had taken umbrage at the
penalties for breaking the new whip rules and handed in his license on
Thursday night and doesn't ride here today. Kieron Fallon benefits
by taking over for Richard Hannon in this race. It's a field of 16
for the British champion sprint. Deacon Blues and Society Rock have
good chances. Yes that's got chances without a doit. We saw in
the Rugby World Cup a narrow victory for France. We could have a
French victory here as well. Moonlight Cloud is very well
Franceied. -- fancied. It's been a great start to the day. We have so
much still to come: The best is still to come.
He's unbeaten so far in eight starts, Frankel goes to make it
number nine in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes at 3.35am. So You Think
is a global superstar, eight group ones in total, three of them since
joining the yard of Aden O'Brien. Ryan Moore rides him in the final
race. We'll see behind the scenes of one of racing's newest trainers
Roger Varian took over from the much missed Michael Jarvis. He has
wonderful horses running today. I went to see Frankie Dettori with
Clare Balding presents coverage of the most valuable day's horse racing ever staged in the UK, Qipco British Champions Day.
With three million pounds in prize money up for grabs, there are five races over five different distances. Each event will crown a champion.
The coverage starts with the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
With Willie Carson, Rishi Persad, Ian Bartlett, Mick Fitzgerald, John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire. Race commentary from Jim McGrath.