A day of racing you shouldn’t miss

20/10/2017 | By | Reply More

Tomorrow we have the finale to the flat turf season and a curtain raiser to the flat turf season. How can you have both? Let me explain.

Ascot champions day

First, we have ‘Champions day’ at Ascot and it promises to be a real feast of racing.

Champions day only came into being in 2011 so it’s relatively new in the scheme of things but it’s a weekend I wouldn’t miss for anything now. It’s the last shot at a decent total before we descend into winter. The specific races existed before this meeting started but were brought together to bring in a real feast at the end of the season.

Last year, the average turnover was over £2m per race. This was a big jump on the prior year and I’m hoping it’s gathered more momentum this year.

Caulfield cup

Meanwhile, down under, we have the Caulfield Cup. It’s a monster of a race and my traditional prep for the Melbourne Cup meeting. Last year it turned over just short of £900k. Aussie racing is a bit more liquid at this time of the year, so I’m expecting a similar amount this year. If you are an early riser then the fun starts at 02:15 in the morning UK time.

The big race, however, is at a more realistic 06:30. So even if you struggle to get out of bed on a Saturday morning you may still stand a chance of catching some good quality Aussie group race.

It’s one of the days of the year that I wouldn’t, or couldn’t, miss!

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