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The very best gathered today at Ascot. A champion will be crowned
at every distance. It's the richest racing day ever in Britain. Qipco
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horse, the brilliant Frankel. Ascot, but not as you've ever seen
it before. This place is full of people, some of them coming racing
for the very first time. All of them look ago head to four races
that we have coming up on BBC One that show case the very best of
horse racing. 25,000 people or more coming through the gates here today.
Many more because the weather is so beautiful, will have come to enjoy
the brilliance of Aden O'Brien and Sir Henry Cecil, two trainers who
undoubtedly will grace the winners enclosure. So much to enjoy. Most
of it based around the sheer beauty and power and elegance of the race
horse, the timing and the tactical skill of jockeys as well. Her
Majesty the Queen is here at Ascot. She arrived shortly and we have had
one race already. It was the Qipco British champions series long
distance cup. It was won by a horse who undoubtedly woim press the
Queen and everybody else watching because he is very well respected
honourable champion stayer of the season. Fame And Glory took the
Aidan O'Brien. Second place puts Frankie ahead of
Tom Queally in the race to be leading jockey over the Champions'
Series. That will be decided today, so will leading trainer and we are
here to crown champions every race is a Cup Final. The winners coming
through a newly erected arch into the winners' enclosure here where
they are greeted by the huge cheers and roars of the crowd and also the
all-knowing all-seeing eye of Willie Carson. It's a great day, is
it not This is absolutely one of the best days I can remember. In my
riding days, I would have dreamt about things like this happening.
Of course, I think today is very special because it's the first time
that we are going to have this. In 200 years' time, we might be
talking about this day because there might be the name of a race
named Frankel because I think Frankel is the best horse we've
ever seen. He's going to prove that today and you will see it and it
will happen here later on. It's absolutely a fantastic days' racing.
Even people who watch racing day in and day out and get paid to do it
as a job are excited about seeing Frankel, unbeaten in eight career
starts so far. He'll be trying to make it number nine in a row. He's
the best rated horse in the world. Henry Cecil says he's the best
horse he's ever trained and he's here for the QEI ch. Ryan Moore is
in the final race of the Champion Stakes. Two horses to get really
excited about, but, across-the- board, just quality everywhere you
look. The jockeys are raring to get going on a day that holds so much
excitement, they love to perform in front of a big crowd. Eddie Ahern
in the foreground there. It's not just about the atmosphere and the
prize money of it, but that is important, �3 million on offer
throughout the five days, and as Willie says, the right to be
crowned a champion. Fantastic. do the things that will still be
talked about in a hundred years is a great day of racing and Rishi is
here with us too. I'm taking a respite in the shadow
of the grandstand from this very hot sun today. The runners are
making their way down to the start for the champions sprint. A couple
were getting a little warm, but nothing too untoward. The official
going is good. Surprising because we have had such a dry week, four
mill metres of water placed on the course. -- milimetres. Here what
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coming down the six furlong chances of landing this sprint with
Society Rock and Deacon Blues. He said he would have liked it softer
for one and firmer for the other, but the fact it's perfect ground,
he has no excuses and it could be a huge day for James Fanshawe. He's
had a very good season. The sprinters who line up here
today have been taking part in the sprint races across this British
Champion series. There have been 31 races now in a series, four more to
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come, and let's see how the James Fanshawe's got a very strong
But it's the champions stakes and the punters are coming out to play.
Frankp was 2-1, that's gone. I don't think you will get any more
of that -- Frankel. But So You Think later on, 3-1, into 2-1.
They're G-G to play, John, the big boys are out to play on one of the
biggest days of the year. Here, Deacon Blue is cantering down
to the start. You will notice you are watching racing this afternoon,
something very different, because the way jockeys are riding their
finishes, they're using the whip with much more restraint and
judicial restraint because of the rules that came in on Monday,
restricting jockeys to seven in the race and five in the final furlong.
One of the jockeys handed in his licence having picked up 15 days'
suspension for obeying the rules twice. It wasn't in protest at the
be Society Rock trained by James Fanshawe.
He's got two very good sprinters, but I'm sure that Deacon Blues will
be the run that he thinks has got the biggest chance today. He was a
little bit worried about the ground because he said that he would like
a little bit of sponge in the ground. As we have said earlier,
the ground is perfect and every horse should have an equal chance
on this type of going. Let's not forget that Freddie has brought
over a lovely three-year-old filly who he thought was a classic filly.
Didn't get into the stalls earlier in her career, but she's really
taken... The green cap. Wearing that to denote second colours but
she's definitely the more fancied of the two runners. Moonlight
Cloud's won five to date including her last two. He's struck up a very
good relationship with her, the jockey. This is a three-year-old
filly improving, so you would have to think she'd have a very good
chance, although she's never ran over six furlongs before. She won
last time over six-and-a-half furlongs, and before that, it was
always seven furlongs. Six furlongs at Ascot I think will be OK. Speed
of the essence, Jim, here we go. Six furlongs for the sprint
Championship, the Qipco British Champions Fillies.
Night Carnation. Over on the far side, Silverside. Prime Defender
going through. Hooray. Deacon Blues takes up position behind them,
followed by Silverside and lab rar know. -- Libranno. Wizz Kid out of
the centre followed by ladys are forever and median man. Perfect
Tribute. Genki. The leader is Hooray on the stands rail from
Deacon Blues getting close to Libranno on the far side. Prime
Defender, Night Carnation looking for a way through. Moonlight Cloud
can't get a run. They race up with a furlong to go. Deacon Blues Haas
the run on the inside. Wizz Kid. Deacon Blues has gone for home.
It's right up to the line, Deacon Blues will win it. From Wizz Kid,
Royal Rock and Libranno. Very tight. In behind them, follows Moonlight
Cloud in company with Night Carnation. Further back in the
field, Jimmy Styles, but Deacon Blues, Johnny Murtagh, trained by
James Fanshawe and owned by John and Peter Hopper and Michelle
Morris. He's won the Qipco British Champions sprint stakes. Let's have
a lack at them cross the line. Wizz Kid on the far side. There's tea
conblues. Wizz Kid on the far side. It's a photo third between Libranno
in the centre and near side Royal Rock. They're clear of the two
runners. They are Moonlight Cloud with the green cap, near side
number 14, Night Carnation is next, followed then by Prime Defender who
was there all the way. Genki's run on from last to be just behind that
one. Followed by Perfect Tribute. Then Jimmy Styles. Hooray. Followed
by Society Rock and Medicean Man. Further back, Dafeef and Silverside
and Ladies Are Forever. The Qipco British Champions sprint has been
won by Deacon Blues. He's put together five consecutive wins.
Ridden by Johnny Murtagh and getting applause from the crowd as
the record. James Fanshawe is happy, as is Johnny Murtagh. What an
exciting sprinter he is, Deacon Blues. Two races in the Qipco
British Champions day ran so far and both of them won by truly great
horses. He is the champion sprinter for the
series and one could argue, the champion sprinter of the year. He's
been so consistent this year and a lovely straightforward ride for
Johnny Murtagh. You saw us giving lead speed guns there, it's not a
camera, there is a sensor in all of the saddle cloths and we can give
you the times for all of the horses. You saw them travelling at over
40mph there. Look at Johnny Murtagh still going easily when every
jockey is asking their horse for more effort. Deacon Blues finds it
easy and can go a little quicker when he picks up. He had an
uncomplicated ride. Sat there, two or three lengths off the pace. Went
to the front at the top furlong and punched his horse out to have a
very, very nice win. This horse has done nothing else but just improve.
This is the best race that he's ran in so far and he's won just as easy
as the rest of the races he's been winning this year. But today was
the best opposition and he has won it really well. He was gelded in
the winter of last year and, of course, ever since then, this guy
has just kept on improving and improving. He'll be a horse that'll
be challenging fortune sprinter next year, although today, he is
the champion! Confirmation that in third place
was Libranno, Kieren Fallon in third. Deacon Blues out and out
superstar this season, only beaten once this year and James Fanshawe
will celebrate in style. The fan fair goes as Deacon Blues nears the
effusive as Frankie Dettori, he won't give us a flying dismount,
but he has a smile that will beam up the whole grandstand. A great
moment for the Fanshawe family and Johnny Murtagh and for Deacon Blues.
There is Jan and Peter and Michelle Morris.
Just a great performance. To be able to keep a horse going through
a long season in good races and keep... Keep on improving. You know,
this was a group two today. The next thing, is he'll have to
compete in group one races. Obviously, these Championship races
next year, you would have to think that the board will have to upgrade
some of the races and make them into more, instead of a group two
next year, possibly a group one, and you will get the horses
throughout the world deciding to come to compete for the prize money
and our group one races. What a great reception for him. It helps
when you are riding the favourite and a lot of people have made money
from you, but a lovely atmosphere here today. The Royal meeting, we
get a lot of people at the Royal meeting, but today, if you look
round, you see all the steps around the paddock, in the saddling
enclosure, it's just full! More relaxed than the Royal meeting, it
feels like it's unfettered and people have let loose with their
emotions. In the Royal meeting you can't get close to everybody
because ladies wear big hats! The distances there: A length and a
season. He'd won here at the Royal meeting, won the Woking Handicap,
but then he took a step up. He went to Newbury, but the real one was at
the Curragh in August and he won by seven lengths. He went to Newbury
again, came back to five furlongs. This is his optimum trip, six
furlongs, I would say. He's absolutely top notch, this horse.
And a worthy winner. Fame And Glory won and Deacon Blues won the sprint
and both will be contenders for top honours. Maybe not quite in this
fellow yet, but as Willie said, next year, we'll probably see him
in that cat gloir glory. Anyway, Deacon Blues, the winner -- -- in
that category. ropes now, that was a terrible
result for the bookies. We said it was 3-1 earlier, because of the
first one that won, now 2-1 solid, So You Think for the Champion
Stakes. This horse, by the way, when he won the Wokingham off 98
Deacon Blues... I know somebody who backed hit. I I do.
James Fanshawe and Johnny Murtagh, James, first of all the improvement
this horse has shown this season is remarkable. Could you have
predicted it at the start of the season? No, no. I always felt it
was a nice three-year-old horse. I think he ran tn times a as three-
year-old and one one. He's the most amazing horse and has improved
since The Wokingham. Was it difficult getting this man back on
board or much difficulty convincing Frankie to take the seat on the
side? Not sure but I felt to keep it fair, Johnny was the first to
ride the hor, he won the Wokingham on him -- ride the horse. Johnny
won on Soviet Song. Deacon Blue has his backside right next to the
camera, be careful. James is a great trainer, he
probably doesn't know how good he is, but for the big days, they
usually win. He's a lovely man, got a great family and he looked after
me very well. I'm very grateful to him for putting me back on this
horse. From the day I won at the Curragh I thought, this is a true
group one horse. Why? He won by seven lengths at the Curragh, never
came out of second gear, I knew there was a lot more to give and
James was, after the race, was ringing up saying he came out of
the race really well. That's a great sign of a horse. The way the
race went for you today was just about perfect? James said to me go
to the rails, Miles Prescott and he got there a bit soon but his
momentum was up and he won very easy because I followed him. I
think he's a genuine group one horse. What a day this is, James.
Henry Cecil coming over to congratulate you, the crowd, the
atmosphere, how great was that? fantastic day. Great for Qipco to
provide all the wonderful prize money, a lovely crowd, lovely
ground and a great day and Deacon Blues won which is great. A real
credit to the owners, they bred him with Mr and Mrs Grundy. For a small
stud, it's an amazing achievement. Every time there's a big meeting,
you are here. Society Rock down the Golden Jubilee again here,
fantastic? Well, I'm glad I have a lucky track because I love Ascot.
S in our second race. We'll have a look at the start for youfplt I
highlighted where the winner, Perfect Tribute who again is rather
messing around in the gates and, because misses half a beat, gets a
little scramble there with Society Rock. From that stage, Perfect
Tribute is struggling all the way through the race? Yes, you can see
he's desperate to get himself into a decent position but is unable to
do it. Two that didn't have the easiest of runs through. Two of the
French horses, Wizz Kid, the eventual runner up there, and
Moonlight Cloud with a green cap there. It almost looked as if,
although she's up from five furlongs since last time she run,
they were going too fast, she couldn't hold her place? Yes, you
need to get into the hole as soon as it appears and the racing is
very tight with no room for the horse to get through. When the gap
comes, Murtagh got a great split off the rail with the winner and
he's gone. The one from the right with the green cap is trying to get
through and she, all the time, tries to get a run through, gets
stopped between the two and the one furlong. Unfortunately, that's
sprinting. the drive position, keeping as low
as he can and punching the air there, knowing he's got it in the
bag. The lower you get in the saddle and the lower you can get to
your horse's head, the faster and lower the horse will gal lop. It's
-- gallon. If you sit down on a horse, you are telling the horse
without pushing the Rehns, go faster, because his stride gets
longer and he grabs the ground a bit more -- the reins. With the
number of cracks restricted and the jockeys made the point that a lot
of that is to do with the sound it makes, are they growling and
shouting more do you think to try and motivate a horse? When we had
the Derby I never spoke for three days because of screaming. Yes,
well, that's one way, you know, basically you are trying to
frighten the horse because he wants to give up and you don't want him
to give up. So you have to be doing something to keep them going. The
whip is a method, possibly an easy method, of keeping them going. It's
an essential, essential part of a jockey's tool, the whip.
Interesting to see how different the finishes look with restricted
use of it and the presentation here for the Qipco sprint being made by
Sheikh Altani. The Great Britain men's hockey team are around as
well. James Fanshawe receiving and Johnny Murtagh will now get a huge
round of applause. Such a reliable jockey, he has a big, big chance
coming up on Dancing Rain who he won the Oaks on. Jan and Peter and
mike and Michelle will be thrilled with the success is. Here is what
Roger Varian who took over from the much-missed Michael Jarvis. He has
good chances today. Frankie Dettori gave us a chance to see how he
lives at home and talked about how to keep himself motivated in his
40th year. He's so much part of it. Part of Ascot. Yes, his enthusiasm
helps people to get into something and enjoy it. Do you know, I was
interviewing the guy who wrote Warhorse and we saw the puppets
here today. I spoke to Michael in the morning and he said, could you
say thank you to him for making racing so much fun. Good! Isn't
that nice? It is. That's all you have to do now is write into the
BBC and say how much you've enjoyed today's racing. Please do that.
Thank you! Or you can send it direct to Willie Carson as fan mail.
We are celebrating the very best of horse racing and jockeyship and
it's a culmination of a week when racing has made more headlines than
one would have necessarily wanted. Rishi rounds up the week's whip
woes. Three weeks ago, new rules were announced in the sport of
Kings and, at the time, the majority of people seemed happy.
Concerns over public perception of racing saw the whip hits being
reduced to seven and five in the final furlong. There are there is
controversy and the new rule is only five days old. Several jockeys
are threatening to withdraw. DisUnite amongst them reach this
level when the popular and widely admired Richard Hughes... One of
the most respected men in the weighing room has quit riding after
picking up two bans totalling 15 days. The way is rule is structured,
they are making us hit the horse more. I was the foremost of all the
boys in the weighing room saying serve season a good thing, we need
change in racing, just two weeks before the rules came out, we
mensed our concerns about the last furlong. Unfortunately, it fell on
deef ears, but a rule can't really be tested until it's brought into
effect. As soon as it was brought in, I think it's been proven they
were finding it very difficult. What is it going to take to get you
back into the saddle? I want them to change the rule, not for me but
for the good of the sport. Serve none the last furlong, you know, if
you are allowed to hit them seven at your own discretion, do it
within the rules giving them time to respond and maybe have a look at
the severity. Five days is a long time. Let the stewards use their
discretion. If I come back and get done once more, I miss 30 days so I
wouldn't come back. I wouldn't do the horses any justice and the
position I'm in, I'll be saying, should I pick my stick up, should I
not, the only thing you should be thinking about is winning, that's
what the sport is all about. Richard Hughes is here as a
spectator and handed in his licence on Thursday night because he was so
cross at the severity of the of Richard Hughes is he has come
here today to apologise to the man who runs Qipco and has put the
money behind this series and this Champions' Day to say I'm really
sorry that because of what I did, I distracted people from building up
this great day. You know I really hope, he will reconsider. There's a
big meeting on Monday between the professional Jockeys' Association
and the British horse racing authority wr, they will look and
possibly take on board Richard's session, seven is fine. But make is
seven over the course of the race. But it's difficult to see the
furlong marker, particularly in you're in a sprint race in the mid.
Course. How do you know, genuinely know when you're inside the final
furlong. How many times due not see the furlong pole? I was usualfully
front by then. I never used the whip actually. Be serious. Richard
Hughes is a very serious and you know, he's one of the stable people,
thinking people in the weighing room wha. He says you have to
listen to. His views have to be taken on board. The weigh-in room,
I've been there today, they're not happy. They are not happy. It's
nothing to do with the actual stick, it's the penalties and possibly
this furlong marker. If you get, like today in that last race, just
watch that last race, just now, how many jockeys would know they've
gone past the furlong pole all grouped together? You would have an
idea, but you wouldn't know, when you went past the pole. Now
naturally, you could get one too many. Do you think in the long run
and if a compromise can be reached and the jockeys are happier with
doing away with the furlong marker rule, do you think that this will
be for the good of racing and an -- and in a year's time we will look
back on this day, saying that was even better because the whip rules
have come in. Yes, this is the way we have to go. They're being
bullied by the animal rights people. Do you think they are snfrplgts yes,
they are. That's the reason why they're doing it. It's for the
benefit of the sport we're told. The benefit of our sport, who runs
the sport, the BHA, who pays for it? The punter. Who's asked the
punt whaer they want. None of the punters have been told about the
whip rules. Are you going to - do you mean, it's been all over the
papers? They read the forms. They're not idiots. They're not
being asked. The punter is the person we should be looking up to,
what they have to say. Of course, there will be a lot of punters
won't be having bets in the next few days, just to see how this is
going to go because this is a tool that essential to keep a horse
going, not to beat him. I don't think anyone disputes that. You
have said to me earlier in the year that you felt jockeys were using
their stick too much. Yes. I agree with that. So the rule needed to be
looked at. Yes, I agree with that. I agree with getting the numbers
down to seven, eight, nine, whatever the number. The jockeys
could handle that. This furlong marker and the penalties, oh, the
penalties, well they're putting people out of business. Their
livelihood is going. What about the wife? What about the kids at home,
not getting paid? They're not thinking about that, are are they?
You get six months off for two offences? That means they're not
going to earn for six months. How many people can handle that? Not
many. That is your view on the whip issues and his reaction to what has
come in on Monday. Still some work to be done I suspect. The fillies
and maerz for the next race are parading now.
The sunshine is making a lot of these horses look fantastic. We'll
talk first at number seven, Meeznah. She's got better through the season.
She's carrying plenty of condition. She certainly does for this time of
the year as well. Top man on board, Frankie Dettori. He'll be keen to
get off the mark here. Behind her horse number five, Ferdoos. We
haven't seen much of her this season. Only one run. It was a very
good young trainer. Number four is Crystal Capella. I understand she
may be having her last race ever. She's getting a little bit warm.
wouldn't say that's a negative. This is a warm day. These are
fillies. Some of them are getting their winter coat. Sir Michael
stout has had a tough time this year. What do you mean, getting
hairy? Yes, unlike us they need extra hair for the winter. Vita
Nova is likely to be a well fancied runner. Two weeks ago Henry ses I
ill -- Cecil thought she might have been cast in a box. What does that
mean? That is like somebody throwing into a bed and being
unable to get out of it. That's the situation. The horse was flat on
its back, trapped in a korn, unable to get itself out of the situation,
crashing and banging to get away from the wall. They worry that
maybe she might have done herself an injury. She is OK. Henry ses
sill said before she ran in the Yorkshire oaks she was cast in a
box. But she's here and ready to do her best.
You can see Henry talking to Tom Queally about Vita Nova. She's
always thought an awful lot of this filly. She said "She's a lovely
filly." It could be a huge, huge day for Henry Cecil. Frankel in the
race after next. Then Midday as well. Roger Varion is over here.
Neilicalon rides Ferdoos, a key part of Roger's team and a man he
relies upon. Neilicalon -- Callan going for a leg up on Ferdoos.
She's a filly who has only had one race this year. Her form is
possibly one of the best in the race. Absolutely. But she's been
off a long time. So it all depends on her fitness today. Michael
Stoute walking over here giving Ryan a leg up on Crystal Capella.
She looks, a lot of these fillies because of the time of year, their
coats have gone slightly. I would say Crystal Capella looks a bit
woolly. And Ferdoos has had a trace clip. A lot of fur has been taken
off. They've got on a sweat today because they've got longer coats
than they should have. Yeah Vita Nova is very, very warm. She looks
well. It's a very, very classy race and a lot to work out in terms of
form and ability, also emotion running high. It will if Ferdoos is
successful here for Roger Varian. I mentioned he took over from Michael
Jarvis, a hugely popular trainer who died last month. Roger had
taken over the license at Michael's incestence and his wife Gaye very
closely involved as well. We keep our fingers crossed for Ferdoos.
Let's find out more about one of the newest trainers on this
champions stage. First day he came here, it was as
though he had been here forever. was in a privileged position to
train with a big string of horses. He was always level headed, very
sensible, very much like Michael Michael was very good to me,
setting me up and giving me owners to support me. Over ten, 12 years
built up our relationship to him. He was like a son that Michael
never had really. With the family, they've been great to me. It's a
secure way for me to feel I can start training and give it
know, you're not a roaring trainer, who goes "Look at me, I'm going
have winners." Do you it quietly. think if you roar too much about
your horses, horses have a good way of making you look silly at times.
We try and be honest about horses and I don't think we hide anything.
If they're good enough and in good form and run well and can win, we
let them dot talking. Ferdoos is one of the favourites for the
fillies and mares race. She won her only start at Haydock this year in
May. She's always been a little bit wary of everything around her. When
the camera first came close to her, she had a good look at it. In her
races as well, certainly at Haydock, final furlong there, Neil's arm
came up, she almost duck add way from it. She should be getting the
hang of it by now. She can run true to the line, if she's in with a
chance. This is one is lovely. She's a very attractive filly, very
pretty. Very sweet natured. It was Naharain who gave him his first win.
Frankie Dettori squeezing through a narrow gap. The timing of it was
special. Two days before we had the service for Michael in Newmarket.
The filly ran 48 hours later to put her nose in front, it was really
special. I guess some things are meant to be. That one of them.
Frankie's a fun foreign share a moment like that with, because he's
going to be valiant. He's a world class jockey and a great showman as
well. He jumps off and hugs and kisses everyone. For a first big
wiber here -- winner here, it was a special day. You went through
something in those three days of an incredibly emotional low to a great
high. How do you deal with that? Well, it's a course of life a
little bit. We often have lows and highs and they can come close
together. I had, last year, I lost my brother, tragically, only five
days before I got married last August. It puts everything into
perspective and it puts training race horses into perspective. It's
just been 13, 14 months, which you wouldn't believe the ups and downs.
Over the last year, Roger Varian has gone through so much and this,
the filly that carries his hopes, Ferdoos, Neil Callan in the saddle.
She is well fancied for this race. We hope this will be the start of
life improving for Roger. His wife is expecting their first baby next
month. Gaye Jarvis is here as well today. Keep your fingers crossed
and wish her well. Let's show you the fillies and mares who have been
successful over the Qipco series Dettori!
COMMENTATOR: Dancing Rain is going to get it. What a ride by Johnny
She wins the Coronation Stakes in here. Here comes Midday now
unleashed by Queally. She's holding on. Blue Bunting strikes the front.
She's going to win the Yorkshire oaks.
Blue bunting sadly not able to be with us today. You'll see Midday
running later and Imperial Guest taking on Frankel. Dancing Rain --
Immortal Verse taking on Frankel. Dancing Rain won one of the
qualifiers in the oaks at Epsom. She was 20-1 that day. Everybody
knows about her now. She has a big chance. Leets' -- let's see what's
favourite whether there is money for Dancing Rain or Vita Nova.
too much money for Dancing Rain at Vita Nova will ge off favourite.
Don't forget Ferdoos last week was 6-1. It's been an anti-post gamble.
All the punters who fancied Ferdoos have been on all week. They've been
taking the 11-2 and 5-1. Ferdoos still strong.
Let's look at the fillies now they've arrived at the start. Vita
Nova has to be one of the most unlucky fillies in training. Her
saddle slipped. Ferdoos won the race. Yes. Her saddle slipped. Tom
Queally was very, very luck tkwroi stay on board. Actually, it was
Gertrude Bell. This is Brushing. She doesn't fancy the tunnel at all.
She's through the tunnel Claire, now she's out. She doesn't want to
go further. We talks about fillies and their coats, and their term
perplts -- term perplts. Yes we know about that. It just needs
tender handling. That's where I've been going wrong. Exactly! Looks
like Kieron has persuaded her it might be nice to go in the sunshine
and see the crowds. There she goes. You see, tender handling worked.
Yeah, really simple. We're learning. She has an outside chance Brushing.
We talked about Vita Nova and how she could kick off three massive
races. There's two things going on for Henry Cecil. There's individual
horses. The chance to be the leading trainer through the
champion series. And the other thing is the overall championship.
He has to get 1.5 million. Richard Hannon virtually has it in the bag.
Sir Henry with a smile on his face. The Queen will knight him in the
Autumn. There's Ed Dunlop next to him.
They're having a chat and a laugh. He's always got one of those
charoots in his hand. His father was exactly the same. Very nervous
training these high-class fillies. Henry Cecil there. The Queen is a
big fan. She doesn't have horses training with him. When Her Majesty
goes to Newmarket gallops Henry makes a point of going over and say
hello. Let's say well done to Her Majesty, she had a winner in France
the other day trained by John Hammond, the first time for 15
years. Meeznah, trained by David Lanigan. I think you have a fancy
for. It's a filly who keeps on improving. She keeps Frankie gets
on well with his filly. Yes, she has to improve again today to win
on her form at Doncaster. That was a very good performance there. This
is, Claire, we've got championship races, you know, it's like Cup
Finals. Every race is the ultimate. This race, there's a lot of fillies
who are trying to win and be the best. The temper mental Brushing
will be the last to join the group. Let's look at the course here
at Ascot. This is the finale for the great fillies. The mile-and-a-
half is one of the toughest races to run at Ascot. Having a good
position is key, the first bit of the race. You have an uphill rise
to the final bend. Position is key. So one or two off the rail is very
important. Sometimes, you can be -- there can be traffic problems in
the bend. As you approach the straight there's three furlongs to
go. There's plenty of time to find yourself in a good, challenging
position. Having a horse with a final kick is very important.
So Ferdoos and Vita Nova joint favourites at 7-2.
I think everybody is saving their money for Frankel. There's about 40
minutes to go. The atmosphere down here is live. In this race, no 7-2
the field. I can't find a favourite, can you? Banimpire she's had six
wins this season. She won the Ribbledael. She's had a hard, long
season. They keep producing. This is a fantastic race. It is a good
race. They're loading up quickly. COMMENTATOR: There's Johnny Murtagh,
already a winner on the board. Can he make it a dibble? That's it,
they're ready. Set and racing. field, the yellow jacket the
outside. In the centre, Banimpire. Further back the inside Bible Belt.
Brushing is pulling hard back in the field. Crystal Capella on
settling down, Dancing Rain the leader on the inside for the big
white face of Gertrude Bell. They're a length-and-a-half now.
39mph downhill as they run to swindly boat om. Vita Nova in
fourth. Followed by Ferdoos and on the inside Banimpire. They're a
length-and-a-half clear of Bible Belt who's out the back now.
Brushing giving them a start. So too Crystal Capella and Cill
Rialaig. Just under seven furlongs to travel. In front it's Dancing
Rain. By the best part of four lengths, to Gertrude Bell. Half a
length away Vita Nova, followed by Meeznah, the outside. Banimpire
behind them on the inside of Ferdoos and then Bible Belt.
Brushing out of back in company with Crystal Capella and Cill
Rialaig. Dancing Rain is doing all the work. Gertrude Bell next the
outside, travelling kindly. A length to Vita Nova, the inside
from Meeznah, then Banimpire on the inside of Ferdoos. Who is being
anythingled. Followed by Bible Belt from Brushing, Crystal Capella. No
significant change. Dancing Rain has got them on the stretch as they
turn the corner. A leng-and-a-half inside of Gertrude Bell, Vita Nova
behind them. Followed by Meeznah and further back is Bible Belt.
They Set Sail, for two furlongs to travel. Dancing Rain in front from
Gertrude Bell. Vita Nova. Banimpire down the outside with Meeznah.
Still Dancing Rain with a furlong to go responding well for Johnny
Murtagh. Bible Belt with a late surge now on the outside. It's
still Dancing Rain in fronts. And Dancing Rain is going all the way.
What a performance. Dancing Rain goes on to win it well, from in
second place, Bible Belt, Gertrude Bell and Crystal Capella finish,
followed by Cill Rialaig, then Meeznah, Vita Nova is one of the
last to pull up in company there with Brushing. The winner is
Dancing Rain. A double for Johnny Murtagh. 6-1 winner of the Qipco
British champions fillies and mares stakes over a mile-and-a-half.
Second is Bible Belt ridden diFran all the way. Cill Rialaig came from
the rear. Vita Nova, disappointing, came into the straight with a real
the winner is Number 11, Dancing Rain, the oaks winner at Epsom from
Johnny Murtagh. A really class filly, trained by wig yum haggis
and ridden by Johnny Murtagh. Second, Bible Belt trained by
Jessie Harrington. Third number six Gertrude Bell trained by John
Gosden and ridden by Buick. -- Murtagh in two very different
manners. He makes the running on Dancing Rain goes fast early on,
steadies up all around the bend and picks up again from the front.
Hugely disappointing runs from Vita Nova, who looked too keen early on
from Ferdoos in yellow, dropping out now. Crystal Capella was never
really in it. Out in front, you cannot deny that this filly,
Dancing Rain, is proper quality. She's an oaks winner, a German oaks
winner and now the champion for the fillies and mares division. Yes,
Johnny Murtagh dictated matters. He grabbed the lead, slow it up and
picked it up when he wanted to. Johnny will have a smile from ear
to ear. He gets a lot of pleasure in riding this sort of race. He
loves the big crowd. He loves the big day. He's taking Dancing Rain
downed in front of the stands now it get the appreciation of the
crowd. I think a the lo of people will have backed her at 6-1 "Hang
on, she won the oaks, didn't she?" She is a top-class filly. I'm just
disappointed I didn't get on. run from Bible Belt in second.
be delighted with that. I saw her when I came in here and said "You
look very smart today." She sd "So I should. It's a big day and we're
trying to nick a bit of prize money." Gertrude Bell has been a
consistent horse. And Crystal Capella running on there, yellow
cap in the back of the shot, finishing fourth. That confirmed
the last race of her career. She'll be retired to stud. We will see a
foal of hers in future years. a lovely horse this winner is.
She's a strong, tough and exactly what you need. In -- the amount of
winners Johnny Murtagh has ridden on the big stage, he'll get a lot
of pleasure out of this. Look at him.
William haggis getting the congratulations an the owners will
be so thrilled. What a valuable mare she is and how much she has
gathered this season. I remember how surprised, not surprised, when
we saw her win at Epsom, we thought, hello, where has she come from.
Maureen Haggas, his wife, rides. There will be a great reception for
Johnny Murtagh here. He's a hugely popular jockey. My word, he is good.
He really is. Great judge of pace. CHEERING
Strong jockey in the finish as well. He's done. It Very popular with the
lads as well. This will mean plenty. They like to see one of their own
grabbing it. Even though Johnny is based in Ireland now, they treat
him as one of their own. Still best friends with Frankie Dettori.
him a hotel bill. Exactly, all the things important.
This is what you call a real money spinner, if you're an owner. This
Dancing Rain, who cost �200 -- 200,000 guineas as a yearling,
she's only won four races and three of them have been six-figure sums.
She won the oaks at Epsom 184,000. She won the German occasion 198,000.
Today, she's won the Qipco British champions fillies and mares stakes
�141 ,000 to the winner. So that is a money spinner. If you're going to
win races, you may as well win them with that sort of prize money,
really, really valuable filly now with us now. Do you think she'll
get the recognition for being an outstanding filly snfrplts as long
as she keeps winning like that, she will. Yeah, yeah, we think she's
outstanding. She's fantastic. good was the ride? It's always a
good ride when they win. I've always believed that. He did very
well. Johnny was cross after Irish oaks and felt he didn't make enough
use of her. He came in and said, "I don't usually make the same mistake
twice." He certainly didn't do that today. He seemed to judge the
fractions to perfection. Yeah, he D he's a top-class rider. I must say,
my wife Maureen rides this filly every day, as she did Diva Dream,
who she lost last weekend. She said today that the filly felt as good
as ever, if not better. Full credit to her. She deserves all the glory,
not me. Are we going to see her next year? I think the plan is to
go to Japan on the 13th November. Very much next year, absolutely.
Well done. We're going to swap you over with Johnny. Once again,
another fantastic ride. This one you had to be a bit more cunning
than on Deacon Blues, is that fair? This one, listen, I wasn't going to
make a mess like in the Irish stakes. We were going a good pace
there. The ground was tacky and I stopped the momentum. She ran right
up on the heels at the the end. Today was building gallop all the
way. William says let her use that momentum and she's got a good high
cruising gear and can quicken off it. Were you aware how quick you
were going. The winning time was half a second slower than the
course record. It was a good one all the way. I knew, I let her roll
down the hill. She was going plenty quick enough, but I didn't want to
disappoint. She's a good galloper. She would stay well. The others
would have to stay to get me. Fair dos to her, very brave. I don't
think she'd have been able to do that in oaks time. She was a bit
weak. Today she was able to. She's got a lot stronger and she could
maintain the high cruise for mile- and-a-half. You're glad they
brought Champions' Day to Ascot. performance.
Gary, the atmosphere is bubbling up nicely? It's amazing. You look at
that stand behind you and I hope they've got plenty of nuts and
bolts there because, I'll tell you what, if Frankel wins, the roof
could fall off here, everybody wants Frankel, don't they,
fantastic! And I think he will win. How far will he win, John? Under
three lengths. I don't think so. think the French horse might give
him a little race. Do you really? We'll find out, that race due off
at 3.35. Look at this for a man that puts in the miles Earl earlier.
This is Johnny Murtagh, runs around the course before every race, he
needs to sweat a lot. He does it because it pays off on days like
Rain won this. My glamorous Assistant is smaller than the
previous one. You all right? No box here. Dancing Rain from the outside.
We have heard already from Johnny Murtagh that it's a very fast time.
We saw from the time, the average speed was 40mph going downhill for
a mile and a half race earlier on, that is a quick speed? This part is
downhill and you can see Johnny using his hands to go with the
stride of the filly. He's stayed out wide, didn't want to come
across to the horses to set her alight. He wanted to keep her away
from the other horses, get her to the front and then slide towards
the inside rail and get her off the bridle, get her relaxed and into a
very nice rhythm. He did that. she is. This is where he's in front
of the field going quite quickly because we got a nice time and this
is the point where you come around the corner and start climbing. This
is where he slows the race down and he gets the race to get a little
bit slower and the whole field concertinas right up together.
stage he has to give the filly up, can't let her go full pelt? Can't
let her go the full way. There she is in front. That's the third. The
second horse is there Bible Belt with the yellow and red sleeves.
This is where Johnny Murtagh goes for home. He's on a horse he knows
very well. Won two Oaks on her. She's a classy filly and he says,
right, love, you can go for home. Just gone past the two furlong pole
and he goes there, says come on, stride out, go for it, you've got
to get your race won because we've got some very nice fillies coming
behind me and they're unable to repel.
He's on the best horse, you would have to say, but he's given here a
very good tactical ride. That's how she goes on to win. We
hear the second horse has got offers to ride in Hong Kong and
Japan and the third, Gertrude Bell, I think she's been retired. There
is the average winning speeds for you from the final five furlongs
and the fasters is from the furlong is coming up in the Qipco Queen
Elizabeth II Stakes, the final leg of the mile series. This horse has
dominated the mile division this year. He is a sensational animal.
Can't wait to see him in action. And the man who is in charge of
steering him is Tom Queally. He looks very relaxed actually,
doesn't he? He's the only jockey who's plezed about the controversy
with the whip, it's deflected the attention away from him. -- pleased.
That's a very good point. A cool customer. He's saying, back off now.
We'll leave you alone now. Frankel no idea of what superstar he is, no
idea of what is in front of him. He likes a crowd though, a showman,
and he enjoys the big occasion. went to Newbury specifically to see
him in the flesh and he is just a monster, he really is. I just think
that he's a good looking specimen that I've seen in a long time.
remnants of the trophy presentation there. Frankel there. He's actually
not anoverly big horse, he's just got so much power. Such a deep
girth and all the Mauer comes from behind him -- all the power comes
from behind him. The best is yet to come with the QEII and Champion
Stakes, but this is what's already happened on the Qipco British
has gone all the way. What a performance. Dancing Rain goes on
to win as well. It's been a great day so far. For the rest of the
programme, we've got the incredibly capable brain of Hayley Turner with
us, a jockey who rode her first two group one winners this year. A
sensational season for you. You've got little flat shoes on, a
horrible scar down your left ankle, how are you recovering? I'm wearing
flat shoes because I thought I'd be stood to willry Carson all day but
he's not here. It's going really well. Went to the doctors yesterday,
they said I could have my moon boot which I'd been wearing for the last
couple of weeks off, so it was good timing. A really sad end to a
season that's been glorious for you through the summer? Yes, an
absolutely amazing season. After the injury, the only way was to
look on the bright side and if someone said to me at the beginning
of the season, you can have 84 winners and you can have two group
one winners and then a four month holiday at the end of it, you know,
I would have been quite happy with that. Your first group one winner
on Dream Ahead and he just cut through the field and he's been one
of the real stars this year as well? Yes, I was really lucky to
get on him. It's William Bewick's ride, but there was high class
racing all around the country on that day and William unfortunately
had to go somewhere else so I got the opportunity to get on board, so
very lucky. Talk us through what it's like for the jockeys in the
changing room now preparing for two group one races to finish off this
massive day in front of the crowds. What have they done already today?
Queally and Fortune there. What has their day consisted of already?
Would they have been working this morning? Yes, and it's a Saturday,
the busiest work mornings in Newmarket, so they would have been
up early, gone to ride work, gone home, probably had to get in the
bath and have a sweat or miss breakfast and then drive here.
There's not that much time to get wound up about the whole thing.
We've had weeks of building the whole thing up, they've been riding
every day and their minds are not on totally stressing out about it
until now. The cameras are on, Tom's acting cool but I'm sure
inside he's anxious about the whole thing. How difficult a job is it
actually not to ride Frankel so much, but how tough is it to ride
for Henry Cecil, is he somebody who will give very specific
instructions? Sir Henry has his ideas of how he wants his horses to
be rode, but I think having been in his team for the whole season, Tom
will know what he wants and how he likes the horses to be ridden.
That's Frankel behind the closed door there, being saddled up now,
Rennesry having private time with the superstar? I walked over and
bumped into Sir Henry. There's Jane, his wife. Instead of talking about
his nervousness about the horse running, he was more asking how si
am and don't be nervous about coming on the BBC, you'll be fine
and it's like never mind me, you've got Frankel running in half an
hour! There was a drinks party and they stayed at the Dorchester last
night and Jane hadn't been there before and they were very excited.
They've tried to make it feel special and to enjoy it but also to
relax into it. The horses are lined up now in front of their banners
and very soon it will be over to them to take over, two down, do
their job and come back over the straight mile. It's the straight
course here for the Queen Elizabeth II and I'm fairly certain for the
first time. It was ran once at Newmarket and then it was
transferred? Yes, the jockeys once they're on board, they get in the
zone. When you're on the horse, the crowd goes away, they're there and
you are amongst a massive atmosphere. But they just
concentrate on what they've got to do. I was talking to one of the
starters -- the starters earlier and we were discussing how on a
group one day, at the start, the jockeys, there's not as much banter,
they are not taking the mickey as much and they are in the zone and
concentrating more than they usually would. He is going to start
as the shortest priced favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II since
Brigadier Gerrard back in the '70s. He's the highest rated horse in the
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world, he could be the best horse entrance into this packed paddock
here,. The hundred is about to emerge from under the tunnel,
Willie, and there's a magnificent crowd and atmosphere. Tell us,
nurpbdz, why this horse is as good as he is? -- in your own words?
Because he's unbeaten for one thing and the manner in which he gallops,
he wins his races by a long margin every time and he's coming into the
paddock. With his half brother? Here comes Frankel and a round of
applause greets the unbeaten champion, Frankel. The best horse
in the world is here to do his stuff at Ascot. That's got to be on
fire today. He has to be on top because the French filly who won
the Coronation here earlier in the year is a very good filly and there
is other horses today who're very, very good. Dubai gold,
Excelebration who finished second to him twice. He has to be beat
Dick Turpin. Very good horses in their own right. He has to be at
his best, but we think and I think this is the best horse I've ever
seen. I'm expecting this horse to win unchallenged. I even had
Frankie Dettori saying, I've ridden 50 group one winners, I've never
ridden one like Frankel. And he's ridden Dubai Millennium?
And a lot of good horses. He thinks he's the best he's ever seen. All
he's ever seen of Frankel is his backside. It's almost universally
acknowledged that Frankel is the best horse around.
Among those watching Frankel was Her Majesty the Queen and taking in
the awesome sight of his gleaming skin and muscles. Henry Cecil's
just come through to join the two jockeys, Tom Queally and Ian Mungen.
The Queen with her racing advisor and Sir Michael Stoute who rides
for the Queen. There was ant Royal runner today. Had Carlton House
recovered, he could have been in the Champion Stakes, but that's the
only thing lacking from a perfect day.
Richard Hughes is not riding Dick Turpin, so it's Soumillon. Frankie
Dettori coming through here with Saeed bin Suroor. What's the matter,
you all right? Yes. Not a winner yet. You could win? Yes. Chance of
winning second to Frankel? Hopefully first, you never know!
We'll try for first! I know you will. We'll see Frankie at home
with his donkeys and dogs and children later on and Johnny
Murtagh coming across in front of me. Having a great day so far. Had
two winners already. He's going to get the leg up on Dubai gold. This
filly, when he gets the leg up, have a look at this, she could be
the one, Immortal Verse, she's like a jet engine, she just takes off.
We saw her winning at the Royal meeting here and she's sensational.
She's got a real ball of power behind her.
It will be interesting, when we see the time force this race, I think
people within the sport and outside it are going to be so interested to
see how this filly clocks in the last two furlongs compared to
Frankel's big burst of speed is, whether it's between the two-and-a-
half and the three-and-a-half or after that. There is an awful lot
of people in this paddock and even more around it and that applause
for Frankel as he came in gave me goose bumps, Absolutely Fabulous,
before the race has even started. Tom Queally getting on board
Frankling. Willie, the crowd around here are all murmuring and
mumbling? Never heard an atmosphere like it. Such a noise. People are
talking about this guy. They're all pleased to see him. He's just got a
little tiny bit of sweat in-between his hind legs, but basically, he's
quite cool and the filly... Here are his two main oppositions
seemibly, number 6 Excelebration and 8 Immortal Verse? Immortal
Verse has been completely out. You can see the little marks on the
back. And horse 8? Yes, that's 8. There's a mark where she's been
completely clipped out. That's not detrimental in any way of course,
it's just a gily at this time of the year, they're growing their
coats and if they're racing, you have to take the long coat away --
a filly. It would be uncomfortable to be running with a fur coat on,
wouldn't it? It would be. Frankel's dominated the mile tuition all year
long and we can see that from these foot. Canford Cliffs wins...
Canford Cliffs gets his neck in front now. Fighting back is... Oh,
Canford Cliffs goes on to win it. Frankel now is starting to paddle.
He's going up and down. He's held on! Frankel's won it. Frankel is
going along. Frankel is too good. would think he's one of the best
horses we've ever seen. Stretching them here. Ransom note wins. It may
be all about Frankel, but this man is plotting his downfall because he
trains Excelebration who's been second to Frankel a couple of times
now. You must have hope that you can get close and perhaps even beat
him? Yes, obviously the horse looks well, got a bit warm in the paddock
because it's so hot today. We are hopeful to close the gap. In terms
of tactics, how do you go about it? It should be an even pace. Frankel
has a pace-maker, so hopefully there won't be any hard luck
stories, it's going to be a straightforward race, both horses
have a good turn of foot and the race will happen in the last
furlong. Exciting to be in it, isn't it? It's a great day. Lovely.
Exciting to be here. We'll let you enjoy it, Marco, thank you very
much indeed. In the crowd are Ant &Dec having a look at the runners
for the QEII. The parade took place a moment or two ago. Let's take you
through the eight extraordinary horses. They're headed by Bullet
Train ah half brother to Frankel, they have the same mother who is
called Kind. He's a pace-maker. Dick Turpin, not as good this year
perhaps as last year. Frankie Dettori told us we are going to be
trying, Poet's Voice, 33-1, and bear in mind, he was the winner of
this race last year. Side Glance for Jimmy Fortune. Andrew Balding
the trainer. A 50-1 shot, probably reflecting his chances. The kip quo
mastermind man's taken over him. Dubawi Gold for Johnny Murtagh,
good horses these are at long prices, such is the expectation
that Frankel will dominate. Excelebration, we just talked to
his trainer, Marco Botti, and he's looking like he's having a little
look at the crowd there, Jamie Spencer who won on Fame And Glory.
Frankel looks the calmest of the lot, nothing bothers this horse, he
can be pretty forceful in a race itself and takes a keen hold, but
he's utterly calm here. He's go ck, crowd, crowd, what crowd?! Then the
French filly, she comes back pretty darn fast, Immortal Verse for
Gerard Mosse. An unbelievable you can have? Unpleefable. The
bookies think Frankel's already past the post but this is a
Championship race and anyone can win. Some are going 6-4 that
Frankel breaks the track record and also bed Fred are 10-1 Frankel but
you have got to name the winning distabs. -- distance.
If I was playing, I suppose I would go Frankel four lengths, how about
you? A bit less. Because you've gone bigger, I'll go shorter.
Higher, lower, higher, lower... Great anticipation and expectation
in the crowd, but there's Frankel. He has the two handlers. It was
interesting that soon after we took these pictures, that Tom Queally,
he took him to the far side of the course and has allowed him to just
go very steadly to the post. And there he is. Kept well away from
all the handlers earlier in the straight and once he's got down to
this point, he's well and truly on his own in complete isolation. Who
knows, that may be how he comes home as well.
Frankel on his way down to the start and Hayley Turner and Willie
Carson are watching him closely. Nothing yet that would disturb you,
he looks the calmest of the lot? Hayley? Really chilled out. I saw
them walking around the paddock and they were just holding him back and
getting him relaxed. For what reason should he not be chilled
out? He's never had a hard time on the racecourse? I suppose it's
something to look out for as a punter, if he is in the paddock
jumping around, sweating and looking agitated you would be
concerned but we can reassure everyone that he's not doing that.
One of the few horses in my life that I've heard people clap for
before a race. It was extraordinary that. Consequently, an awful lot of
peel, they didn't necessarily back the horse but they are emotionally
backing him, wanting him to win, as they wanted Wales to win the World
Cup semi-final this morning. We hope France don't spoil the party
again. They could do though because Immortal Verse, their contender, is
a very, very fine filly. Henry and Jane there, relaxing I think and
enjoying it, because it's such a pleasure to have a horse this good.
Immore that will verse, she won the Coronation here at the Royal
meeting in June and she also beat Goldikova in August and Gerrard
Mosse, the jockey on board, is a big fan of the filly who can be
tricky. Yes. My filly, it's something serious, she doesn't race
since August, so she get a big break and I don't know how she is.
The ground's going to look good today. It's spot on, so we just
have to see it to get a clear run and see how good she's got to be
today. She's bidding to be the first winner of the French race.
Dubai Millennium will be figuring in many people's minds. Frankel
reminds me of that, that incredible power in the middle of a race.
Immortal Verse is all about the speed of her race? Yes, Immortal
Verse, has a tremendous turn of foot, but will she have that after
going the pace to follow Frankel?! That is the question. She was able
to do it here at Royal Ascot. She came from last to first, turning
from home, and really looked like a filly of outstanding ability.
Excelebration, a very handsome horse. In an era without Frankel,
he would have been the leading miler in Europe. He's a beautiful
looking horse. He won on very soft ground last time at Longchamp. He
had quite a hard race, so this time of the year, possibly sometimes
when you have a hard race at the end of the year, it takes the edge
off a horse. Is that right, Hayley? Yes, I think Excelebration and
Frankel both started their careers this season on the same day which
was April 16th I think at Newbury. Basically Frankel had four runs and
Excelebrations had five and probably been overseas a bit more...
Here we go, the big, big one for Frankel, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes
and here is Jim. They're racing!
And Frankel away pretty well and drops in behind them early. Pace-
maker twos on, Bullet Train, Dick Turpin in second. Tube Which? Gold
in second. Excelebration. Frankel wanting to go. Half a stride, maybe
a stride faster he wanted to go. Being held by Tom Queally. Also
pulling hard, Poet's Voice and Immortal Verse. Bullet Train out in
front. Six lengths clear. They've basically been ignoring him. Dick
Turpin. Dubawi Gold. Excelebration. Queally giving Frankel a bit more
rein. Now he's starting to move up on the outside. Excelebration going
with him. Followed by Poet's Voice. Virtually ignoring the pace-maker
and Frankel has strode up on the outside to lead the bunch. Bullet
Train well in front. But it's Frankel who's now about six lengths
behind his pace-maker. Being tracked now by Poet's Voice and
further back, Excelebration. There followed next in the field by
Immortal Verse, four lnths to make up on Frankel. -- four lengths.
Bullet Train being tackled by Frankel who takes it up clearly.
Excelebration. Immortal Verse on the far side. A furlong left. It's
Frankel by two lengths. Trying hard, Excelebration, he's gone for the
whip, Queally; but kept going, Frankel makes it nine out of nine,
exciting, sunt lating and sensational, -- scintillating.
Frankel goes on to beat Excelebration. Further back,
Immortal Verse, followed by Dubawi Gold and Poet's Voice. Further back,
Side Glance and Dick Turpin. He's done it again, he's unbeaten, nine
out of nine and 11-4on favourite, Frankel. Ridden by Tom Queally.
Health and Safety won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Again in the style of a champion. Here he is. He's got to the Lune,
won it by four-and-a-half to five lengths from Excelebration in
second. Immortal Verse in third. In fourth is Dubawi Gold, in fifth
Dick Turpin, in sixth is Poet's Voice, in seventh is Side Glance.
Then in eighth, Bullet Train, the pacemaker.
What a sensational performance, again proving himself the best
racehorse in the world. Frankel. He's done it easily and thumbs up
for a great champion. Sir Henry Cecil, the man who said
quite a few times now, I've never wanted them to go faster. They
split into two divisions. They virtually ignored Bullet Train, who
was sixth lengths clear of the pack. 2.29 of a second outside the track
record. That is what we wanted to see, true
greatness, confirmed here, on the biggest stage of all, the biggest
stage of the season. A huge round of applause in the winners
enclosure because Sir Henry Cecil has walked down. Frankel is
parading in front of the Grandstand. The clapping is for the man who has
Master Minded the career of this freakishly good horse, Frankel. It
doesn't matter how he's ridden. He has learned to settle. He settled
so well in the early stages that Tom could pick his time and say,
right, I'm using Bullet Train as the marker and I will use him as
something to aim at, catch him. Look at him there!. The horse never
looks under any pressure it's amazing. The only time he looked in
trouble was the three furlong marker. Tom Queally started to ask
him to quicken. It took him at least half a furlong to three
quarters before he got him into Top Gear. Then when he got into Top
Gear, off he went. Everybody was right behind him. There was a scrap
going on behind him when he went first of all, every jockey wanted
to get onto his heel tolz get the draft through. There was no draft,
when he got to the two furlong marker. He spread the field, pull
add way from them. He stamed -- stamped his authority. The placings
behind him were predicted. Excelebration ran a blinding race
in second. The three-year-old filly to race so close thoim, was again a
massive run. That gives Sir Henry Cecil his seventh win. He is the
trainer of the series. There is so much joy here today. When you do
expect as much out of a horse as we expected out of Frankel, the
dainker is always you're going to be disappointed. We haven't been.
That was as impressive as anything he's done all year. It was very
impressive. He's beaten Immortal Verse by seven-and-a-half lengths.
That is a filly that they thought was exceptional. She actually beat
a filly, Goldikova who has won 14 group one races. That puts things
into perspective. He has beaten her seven-and-a-half lengths. This
horse is the greatest race horse, over a mile, I have ever seen. I
think most people in Ascot might agree with me today. I think as
pressure rides go, Tom is never going to have to ride under as much
pressure as today. That wasn't pressure, pushing a button! He's
giving Frankel a huge hug there. I can't believe how much this horse
has matured mentally that he seems so relaxed with it all. He loves to
race. He's spaced out his races to get the best from him. What a
finale to his flat season here in the UK. That is just a stunning
performance and one thaw want to watch back again and again and
enjoy it. He's only 3-1 to be unbeaten next season. Get on.
Sir Henry Cecil probably wonder where on earth he has gone.. He's
gone in front of the stands, Claire. I know that. He looks like he might
have done a lap of honour. He didn't want to stop. It took a long
time to pull the horse up because he was still full of running.
Hayley, I think this horse possibly would sustain a mile and a quarter?
Yeah, I think he took a spot where he took half a furlong to get wound
up. Then he stamped his authority. It was a bit messy to start. Though
Bullet Train's gone off quickly and sensibly as a pacemaker. Ian did a
fantastic job. Dick Turpin and the rest of the field didn't follow
suit. If you take out the front runner they've got quite slow to
start. That's when Tom took his initiative, just switched him out
and let him get up there. Let's not hand it to Bullet Train whatever we
There he is going to the line. Tom Queally gave him two smacks. He
really did respond. He went into turbo then. He's gone away to win
it by four lengths. It's interesting that he's won nine
races by an aggregate of 46 lengths. He really has stamped his authority
on his races. He's won by wide margins. That makes him truly
exciting to form followers, to those assessers who like to compile
the ratings. This will be some cheer.
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds
great, something very, very special. Something befitting this Qipco
Champions' Day here at Ascot. The owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, Sir
Henry Cecil and Tom Queally, Lord GrimThorpe, the racing manager in
the Trilby. The four of them there, Jane Cecil, lady Cecil on the right.
What an excited, elated bunch they are. This horse has completely
dominated the season. He is officially the best race horse in
the worldment -- world. There he is. So, let's check the full result
John. That's what this game is all about. All this week, leading up to
Frankel. Frankel mania, I called it. He's won by four lengths as well.
You tipped it up at 10-16789 What a marvellous performance. The next
race, what's happened? There's going to be fortunes for So You
Think. Claire said early, with all the favourites winning, the odds
will tumble for So You Think. It's 7-4 at the minute. It could be less.
Here I am with the winning jockey. We can see the joy in your face.
Can you put into words that performance? It's as good as ever.
He's getting more professional with each run. He's the real deal, not
that wasn't before, but he was today. The way the race fell apart,
didn't suit you that well, but nothing can stop you. Ian went a
good tempo. That was important. He was grown up enough to know there
was horses in front of me. I don't have to tear off like mad unless
Tom says go. He waited until I said go, it was electric. Just flawless
again. Can you explain your feelings for this horse, Tom?
a horse in a lifetime for the public, let alone the jockey lucky
enough to be on him. What a privilege, you know. It's an honour,
a privilege. I could stand here for hours just saying what it means to
me. I'm terribly lucky. People talk about pressure, surely
there's joy to go with that pressure, isn't there? Yeah, I
don't feel the pressure. There is pressure, of course there is,
there's hype. I'm the one in the centre of it all. I was lucky
enough, the whip debate took a lot of it off me this week. There is
the pressure that goes with it, but I would like to think I handle it
pretty well. I enjoy. It I get a kick out of it. Last thing, if you
could sum up this season in one word, what would it be? Frankel.
Sir Henry Cecil has sent Frankel round the paddock for a lap of
honour. You have read affection for this horse as well. He's a very,
very good horse. He's been lovely and relaxed today. It's been a long
year. I'm delighted. I'm looking forward to having the winter over
and next year. I'm sure he will get a mile and a quarter easily.
looked it today. Just doing enough. Very, very happy. Where did you
rate that or how do you rate that in terms of what he's done this
year? He just did everything we asked him. We just tried to win the
race nicely and that was it. Listen to the roar of this crowd. He has
made this Qipco Champions' Day. I saw the sheikh come over to you and
probably say thank you. It's lovely, the sponsor and everything. It's
really a very nice day. Now I have to settle two more horses. Yes,
thank you very much. He has Twice Over and Midday to saddle in the
final race and this Champions' Day could get even better for him. As
far as the fans are concerned, that really was the icing on the cake,
superb from Frankel. Let's look at how he won another
race and beat the opposition very, very easily. Here's the times of
Frankel in the last half mile of the race. Interesting race because
early on, although we had a pacemaker, it looked like the
pacemaker was there for insurance rather than to set the gallop. As
it happens, he comes from stall number four, he shifts to our left
as he comes out of the gates. Probably didn't hamper Frankel that
much because Tom Queally would have wanted to get him in behind and
settled. They were keen to race together. If he was going to sit
behind him, he needed to be not having to make up too much ground.
It just worked out that Frankel sat in. He was ignored by the others,
Bullet Train. At one stage you saw Tom Queally say OK, let's go, it's
time to ride my own race. Yes, Bullet Train out in front at the
moment. Dick Turpin on the right. Frankel, as we've seen before, he
takes quite a strong hold in his contests. There he is eventual
winner. Look at this, he's pulling quite hard. They've not gone very
fast. This is cat-and-mouse. Nobody wants to make a move and leave
themselves alienated on their own. You can see Dubawi Gold. Once you
see this horse opened up, the acceleration is immediate. From
everybody pulling, they're all having to work. They've all lost
their race already. Let's look at Immortal Verse from the back there,
the white and green. Trying to get through. Excelebration in the grey.
They're very good horses. They're trying their hardest, but no match
for a super horse. Certainly not. I'm just pleased to have been here
to see this horse in action. This is one in a million. He sure is. He
wins his races very easily indeed. Frankel goes on to win,
Excelebration in second, and Dubawi Gold in fourth. There's a
possibility they're going to Hong Kong later in the year. There's the
average speed: Her Majesty the Queen here at Ascot, specifically
to make the presentation for this Queen Elizabeth II stakes. High
highness who bred and owns Frankel. That huge roar is for Sir Henry
Cecil. Ten times a champion trainer. A few years ago, he thought he was
down and out. He was down to about 20 horses in his yard. He has come
back. In the way great trainers can. He's a hugely entertaining
character as well. As you heard, he can be sharp at times, but he said
"Some of us are working class you know. Got two horses to saddle." A
tremendous performance for him to keep this wonderful horse going,
throughout the season unbeaten and to Tom Queally, as Hayley was
saying, he will never be under as much pressure again as he has been
today and at various stages this season. I think, to be fair to Tom,
he's grown from it and now, rather savours the pressure. Oh, yes. He's
good class jockey. He has actually with this horse he's grown up with
him. Of course, Henry Cecil being the governor has given him the
confidence to go out and put the things that helps the horse and he
is basically a world-class jockey. Henry Cecil watching the race and
you'll see the emotion run through this race as he realises, we're
going to see something possibly even more special than he's seen
before. The man who owns this horse is with me now. You've owned so
many good horses how do you rate Frankel? No, never. He's the best
horse I ever own. Many people he is the best horse that they have seen.
So, I am glad to have that horse. So exciting for him to come here
today and everybody expecting so much and to see a performance like
that. I wasn't expect -- expecting that. But he is always like that.
I'm just hope that he will do the same thing next year. Willie carson
and many others think he will stay a mile and a quarter N year. Just a
word on Henry Cecil. He told me that if it wasn't for you, he would
have stopped training. Well, that's good of him to say that, but he is
the best trainer. He is very good trainer, actually. I mean, when he
says something, then I believe him. He's done a wonderful job with this
horse. We thank sow much for running him here and making the day.
It's been sensational. Thank you very much.
I ought to say that his highness has two more shots, the same two
horses that Henry is going off to saddle, Twice Over and Midday. I
think Midday in particular could have a chance. It could be her day.
Of course, we have the Champion Stakes coming next. This Champion
Stakes is possibly one of the most competitive ever Champions Stakes
we've ever had. Of course, Prince Khalid has two runners. That's
Dubai Prince for Godolphin. He's only run three times and is
unbeaten. He has to improve to win today. It is possible to do so.
Frankie Dettori looking for a winner here on Qipco British
Champions' Day. He would dearly love to round off the day with a
flying dismount, a man who has brought so much to British racing
and well worth catching up with him, as I did last week, to talk to him
about how on earth he keeps going and being so good and so
Frankie! This is the horse that made history Fujiama Crest and in
what 300 years of racing, no-one has done what you did. No-one won
seven. One day somebody will. you think? You never know. McCoy
might do. My head's cold. I think this is yours. Is it? I'll take
that one. You look beautiful. Only because you're here, otherwise
I wouldn't get this treatment. love coming here. As your family
has expanded, so everything that comes with it, miniature donkeys
weren't here last time I came. Have you puppies as well. A pony for
every child. Most trainers have these for real in their stables. I
had to get mine. All part of the preparations, see. You see to have
found a renewed vigour to your riding. Yeah. I'm on stage three of
my career. I spend the last 20 years fulfilling my dreams. Now I'm
taking time to take a step back and enjoying it.
Bo Derek. In typical style, he's not bashful. What do you think
makes daddy a good jockey? Not sure. Not sure? He's generally quite
happy these days, isn't he? Come and see your dad. Come on. The 500
group winners, that's a marker you wanted to hit? Yeah, I actually
passed Lester Piggott's record. To do it on Arc day was magic. Lefter
always says he thinks you're so great. When it comes from somebody
so great to say that, it's a fantastic feeling. If you had been
a footballer, for example, I think it's the same as playing for
Manchester United pretty much your whole career. The sheikh has put
all his trust in me all these years. If it wasn't for him, all the
records, numbers, I would not reach these targets. When you first
started out, were you trying to impress your father? I still do
now! My dad is one of those old fashioned dad that, even when I won
the seven he wasn't happy. He said I made a mistake somewhere along
the line. It's nice to have a parent like that. At least he
always tries to improve me. You better ride well because you're on
camera. Yeah, yeah. What are you like with your kids? I'm a big
softie to be honest with you. She's the strongest in the house. This
must be the funniest thing in the world. I was just thinking that.
you take the words out! I'm Frankie Dettori, I'm champion jockey and
tonight I'm hosting the most famous show in the world. First it's Gina
In terms of you and your role as number one promoter of racing in
the UK, do you ever get tired of that and wish someone else would
step up? I do it for the sport that I love. I want racing to be popular.
I want people to come racing. Ryan Moore is a fantastic jockey. He
finds it difficult to do what I do. But he believes the same things
that I believe. But he's just a shyer person. Sorry Ryan. In a nice
way you know! I'm 40 now. I love to go till 50. But every year goes
quicker and every year I know is one less year than I will be a
jockey. I am actually try to capture the special moments so they
can stay with me forever and really enjoy it. I'm so lucky that I do
such a wonderful sport and I get to enjoy it.
No jockey has a closer affiliation to Ascot racecourse than Frankie
Dettori who is in the paddock ahead of the most valuable race of the
day, the Champion Stakes. Frankie is riding Dubai Prince. Hayley
Turner is with me. We're looking at the Champion Stakes, the last race
of the day, but just tell us about Frankie in the weighing room, the
Frankie Dettori that people don't see so often in the moments of
victory and in the moments of defeat, what's that like? Frankie's
very much the same in the weighing room. He's good fun. He's always,
if you're feeling a bit down, he'll cheer you up. He's really good fun.
He is a laugh. He is so enthusiastic on telly, he's like
that as a person. Very social. a very determined man. I'm sure you
know, especially when race riding. He determined to land the Champions
Stakes. He's had big chances in this race. He hasn't managed it yet.
What about his ride, Dubai Prince in this race, you have a fancy for
him. It's the most competitive race I've ever seen. Picking a winner is
really difficult. You should do what my sister does and go for the
name she likes or the colours. Midday because it's pink colours
and she likes the name. He's coming around behind us. I have my eye on
him. The form of his last race worked out really well. The horse
he beat comfortably, bolted at York by nine lengths the next Time Out.
He's just, he's not done anything wrong. He's the most likely raced -
- lightly raced horse in the field. I think he'll be the most
progressive out of them. Heem' need a lot of luck as well.
considerably more relaxed Tom Queally now. Both of them against
each other with genuine contenders, Now Ed Dunlop talking through with
Olivier Perrier. She hasn't got many miles on the clock this season.
Michael Bell with Wigmore Hall and good form. William Haggas and Green
Destiny is their runner in this race. He has to step up a bit on
what he's done before. It's not entirely out of range. Now, here is
the Ballydoyle camp here. So You Think is their big hope today.
They've had a winner in the long distance race with Fame And Glory.
Ryan Moore, Aden O'Brien has done all the talking he wants to do. The
colours of purple that So You Think carries. Ryan Moore all the rumours
that he's about join Aiden O'Brien. We don't know whether that's true
or not yet. He could go a long way towards making sure it happens with
a good, confident ride here. Let's speak to Derek. I'm sorry, grab you
quickly, So You Think. This is huge for him isn't it? Huge day. It's
just the final race of the season for him, well maybe. We're just
hoping he's going to put on a great display. It should be fine for him
to run so quick after the Arc. That's what he's done down under.
Aden is happy with him. Do you think we'll see Ryan Moore riding
more in your colours next year? He's ridden a lot in our colours
already,. He's retained by Michael, until that ends, then he rides for
him and us when he's available. Thank sow much and good luck with
So You Think. That's Derek Smith. Let's have
aanother look at them. Ryan Moore and Aden O'Brien here
with So You Think. It's been one of the subjects that's been much
spoken about this week. We're going to look at a few of them. So You
Think is coming around behind us. He only ran two weeks ago in the
Arc. People have pointsed out concern that's might be a bit quick
for him. First impression he looks magnificent. He looks really well.
It's difficult to know if your horse has gone over the top at home.
Sometimes when horses are over the top, they work even better at home.
You just don't know until they're on course. It's the same with Snow
Fairy, ran the same day. The Ar Arc is a big race. Here is Snow Fairy.
Her skin looks really well. It's like looking like a human being.
Her skin looks really well. He's healthy and my friend Jane, who was
with me today, she works with the yard and they're raving about her
at home. Tom Queally, Sir Henry Cecil, the stars of the day so far.
About to put Twice Over, Midday sorry. One thing that horse is
going to get a confident ride. explain that, how come a jockey
suddenly gets confidence like that? It's amazing. You get a buzz and
you think you can do no wrong. It's confidence, riding a horse makes a
huge difference. After I had a couple of big wins, I was riding
like a demon. Your pick of the paddock? Probably So You Think.
Looking amazing. That would be my pick. What about you? We both agree
on that. The parade for this Qipco Champion Stakes is led by the
gelding, Cissus Des Aigles, who was prevented running in the arc
because he's a gelding. He's a very consistent horse. He has a chance.
Number two is Green Destiny. Kieron Fallon taking the ride for William
Haggas. Winner of the eboar handicap in July. That looks like
Nathaniel, out of order. That's the King George winner. The three-year-
old colt who is a bit of a superstar. Dropping back it a mile
and a quarter here. William Buick knows how to ride with confidence,
on board him. There's a big gap now, huge crowd here. Just lapping up
the sunshine. Everyone on such a high after Frankel. Now Sri Putra,
trained by Roger Varian. Neil Callan on board him. He's 100-1.
Then the first of Sir Henry Cecil's two runners. This is Twice Over.
He's won four group ones, including this race, for the last two years.
Tom Queally confirmed as the leading jockey for this series.
Wigmore Hall next with Jamie Spencer on board. Jamie Bell trains
this. We have Snow Fairy. She's super
consistent. She's been very close behind So You Think in the Irish
champion. Then in front of So You Think when she was third in the Arc
last Time Out. She's a most admirable mare. Then we have
Casamento. Tricky ride. Then Dubai Prince, Frankie Dettori, unbeaten
so far in just three starts. He had problems at the beginning of this
year. He picked up a hair line fracture in his pelvis. Plans to
run him in the 2,000 guineas had to be put on hold. He has had just one
Rhine and that was a month ago. Then Midday. Again like the Arc was
dominated by fillies. We could have one, two here for the fillies.
Midday has a great chance particularly on this good ground.
She can quicken up. She hasn't finished out of the first three
since her two-year-old days. She's so consistent. Then Ransom Note,
running for Charlie Hills who has taken over from his father Barry
this year and his first Champions' Day runner. His father had a
fantastic record in this race when it was at Newmarket. He won it
three times. We should find So You Think, the very last one to come
out. They have made sure that nothing's going to bother this
horse, though. They're making sure he's wrapped in cotton wool or
given space behind the rest of the field. He is the 7-4 favourite,
just slightly on his toes. Nothing to worry about. He is incredibly
versatile. He's won three group a mile and a half. He's also ran in
the Melbourne Cup in Australia and won a host of good races over there.
I would love to know how much he weighs because he's an immense
horse to look at. He's quite a chunky horse. 450kilos,
something like that. He's a biggish, strong horse. I love how hands on
Aidan O'Brien is, fantastic to see him on the track leading him out,
keeping him relaxed. Obviously he knows the horse very well.
obviously gets a little bit worked up. They are making sure he doesn't
parade that far in front of the grandstand, then turn round and
heads down. Are you trying to get him into trouble? No, just saying.
Here is John and Gary. would stop the contest. All the
money's for So You Think. Apollo went 2-1, they got knocked out. 7-4
Chronicle. All the money's for one horse, So You Think. What happen if
it wins? I don't know what the bookrys are going to do, I don't.
They are having a terrible day. No good holidays for the bookies for
the winter, John. So You Think, bred in New Zealand,
an Australia champion. He's had six runs in Europe for four wins. The
second here at Royal Ascot and also a fourth in the Arc and he backs up
13 days after that fourth at Longchamp.
There he is live and we seem almost at the start now. Ryan Moore,
conspicuous in that he took him away from others, kept him well
Sarafina and Goldikova over a mile and one and just below group one
level he finishes second or wins. Sometimes he knocks on the door.
Close but no cigar. Indeed. Christophe Soumillon, how do you
find him? He's really helpful and flash. If you needed any advice,
he's more than happy to help. in the past pointed at his bottom
as if to say quis my, you know. William Bewick, what a season he's
beautifully if Tom Queally was to win this as well as the QEII. This
horse? I'm familiar with him, I rode him and I will put my hands up
and say I probably should have been second on him, he was unlucky
turning in, but he's a fantastic horse, but he seems to like his
road trips, likes going somewhere on a plane or a boat. So did they
take him round the M25 twice so he felt like he had a trip? Yeah! He's
very popular and despite us saying he's better abroad, he's ran a good
race at Ascot before. I think 33-1 is a massive price for him,
actually. How influential is the draw going to be? John Gosden said
he didn't want Nathaniel to be drawn wide and he is. The thing
ability him being drawn wide today is, it's OK because all the horses
that are drawn low are holed up horses, so he'll get a free run to
get his position wherever he wants. I know that the mile and a quarter
is a bad place to be drawn wide because you come to a turn pretty
soon, but I think because of the way the draw has happened, he will
be automobile to do whatever he wants on him. There's not too many
to go on him. -- he will be able to do whatever he wants.
It's been a fabulous afternoon here so far. Can it get even better?
Here is Jim McGrath. �1.3 million in prize money. Ryan
Moore aboard the favourite, So You Think. That's it, they're ready for
the Qipco champion Stakes. They are racing. So You Think began
brilliant, as did Nathaniel. Vying for the lead with Ransom Note.
Cirrus Des Aigles. Dubai Prince trapped a little wide. A short run
to the first corner and Ransom Note on the inside. Two lengths to So
You Think. A beautiful position there. Fol Leed by Cirrus Des
Aigles. A length and a half to Snow Fairy back in the field. Wigmore
Hall. Two lengths to Green Destiny. Settling down and the leader is on
the inside, Ransom Note. Being pressured by Nathaniel. Two lengths
to So You Think. Two lengths Sri Putra.
All the time they are climbing uphill towards the half mile. So
You Think is travelling beautifully for Ryan Moore. As they race up
with less than a half mile to go, Ransom Note, the leader from
Nathaniel and So You Think. Snow Fairy behind them, followed by
Twice Over. Going forward is Dubai Prince. Sri Putra. Wigmore Hall in
company with Midday who's giving them a long stand. Into the home
straight now. In the Champion Stakes, kicking for him, it's
Nathaniel. Two lengths in fronts. Here is the Aussie champ on the
outside, So You Think, striding up from Cirrus Des Aigles. Snow Fairy
looking for a way through. A furlong left in the champions
stakes and So You Think takes it up. Cirrus Des Aigles is the challenger
for France. So You Think and Cirrus Des Aigles. Snow Fairy in the clear.
It's stride for stride, Cirrus Des Aigles just getting on top. Cirrus
Des Aigles is going to win the champions stakes. In second is So
You Think, third Snow Fairy, fol Leed by Nathaniel and further back
Midday -- followed. Casamento one of the last Twice Over in company
with Green Destiny. Somewhere behind them tailed off is Dubai
Prince. The French have won the Qipco champions stakes, the 12-1
winner ridden by Christophe Soumillon. First prize money of
�700,000. One of the great riders in Europe, he's won the big one on
Cirrus Des Aigles, wearing down, so you would think, in the dying
strides, just when Ryan Moore thought he was home, this horse got
on top and won it by a half length. Cirrus Des Aigles beat So You Think.
In third place, Snow Fairy, another great run. Back in fourth is mid
daifplt in fifth, Nathaniel. In sixth is Green Destiny. -- Midday.
Sri Putra. Wigmore Hall and one on the far side, just can't quite pick
it up. Just behind them though, Twice Over. Then a gap to Casamento.
Dubai Prince was a long way behind them. There's the winner though.
Cirrus Des Aigles. The winner trainer is with me now. The scenes
here in the winners' enclosure are fantastic. What does it mean to
you? It means a lot. I always thought this horse was a very good
horse, the best in the field and I'm very happy for the owner, for
all the team and especially for my friend. Could you describe your
emotions through the last furlong? I talked to my neighbour, he
guessed he's going to do it and he just did it, so we are very like in
paradise. You look like you need some gas and
you can't breathe? It's the first time for a group one and...
first one in England. Thank you to English racing to accept geldings.
Indeed. Fantastic. Many congratulations. Well done. For the
second time today, the French enjoy a narrow success. They win our
finale, the Qipco Championship Stakes with Cirrus Des Aigles, his
first win at group one level. He's been consistent all season long.
The owner said Cirrus was her friend. Ian Mongan tried to keep
the horse in but couldn't make it happen. So You Think, he finds
plenty, but Cirrus Des Aigles finds just a little more. Snow Fairy a
little trapped behind them. Not sure whether it would have made any
difference but she was blocked when Peslier was coming up. It's a
course record and what a way to round off the day. Very competitive
indeed. This horse is just a winner through merit. So You Think, the
Aussie champion, won on merit today. I thought the race was run truly,
there's no hard luck stories, Snow Fairy ran a great race and So You
Think, similar so what they were two weeks ago, it's a great thing
here for the champions Stakes. It's been a great Champions' Day. We've
just seen another champion, Cirrus Des Aigles, winning the champions
stakes. Absolutely fantastic. And Soumillon greeting the crowd.
Unfortunate maybe for some people that the French ended up winning
the big one. But for the good of the day it's fantastic. A European
international day 12-1 by the way, just confirming. Having the finale,
we have the best British racing, especially in the summer, starting
with Ascot and we need a finale for the best races and this is it.
That's why we need the French involved. We've got the Arc, Hong
Kong, the Breeder's Cup. We've had to muscle in a little bit but
rightly so. Given this was the first ever, Willie, how good was
today? Fantastic. The best horse you will ever see in Frankel. We've
had fantastic racing. The punters I think have been on top of the
bookmakers, except in the last race, and now we think that the last race
we've just seen that Richard Hannon's won the Championship with
prize money. In terms of the Qipco trainers Championship, that's been
won by Sir Henry Cecil and the leading jockey for that Champions'
Series is confirmed as Tom Queally. It's been a great innovation, it's
brought so much I think to flat racing, to the season, it gives us
a great finale and what a way to go out. With thanks to all the BBC
racing team, in particular the editor, it's his last programme,
what a way to sign off, to Hayley, Willie Rishi and the team in the
betting ring as well. Most people would have watched today and if
that was the first time ever watched racing, you would think,
wow, is it that good and yes it is. I hope you recorded it. Frankel
will be in training this year and maybe he'll be back to defend his
crown next year and possibly even stepping up to the Champion Stakes.
Clare Balding presents continued coverage from Ascot of the most valuable day's horse racing ever staged in the UK, Qipco British Champions Day. The flat racing season has been building to this day, and four champions will be crowned in the remaining races.
The two showcase races are The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which will crown the British Champions Mile horse of the year; and the Qipco British Champions Stakes, which features this year's leading middle distance horses.
With Willie Carson, Rishi Persad, Ian Bartlett, Mick Fitzgerald, John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire. Race commentary comes from Jim McGrath.