Stars entered for Champions heats

Toronado and Dawn Approach are two of the headline names in a star-studded entry for Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on October 19.

Stars entered for Champions heats

Toronado and Dawn Approach are two of the headline names in a star-studded entry for Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on October 19.

The pair lit up Glorious Goodwood last week with RIchard Hannon’s Toronado getting the better of the Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach for the first time and they could face a thrilling rematch in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Toronado has also been entered in the Qipco Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs which has attracted Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem, last year’s runner-up Cirrus Des Aigles as well as the winners of the Epsom, Irish and French Derby.

Andre Fabre’s Intello was a brilliant winner of the French version, while Bolger’s Trading Leather claimed the Irish equivalent, with Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom hero Ruler Of The World well beaten that day.

The likes of last year’s Classic hero Camelot, Telescope, Farhh, Hillstar and Kingsbarns are also in the field.

Others entered alongside the big two in the QEII include Flotilla, Sky Lantern, Magician, Style Vendome, Montiridge and Elusive Kate.

The £500,000 (€577,000) Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes, run as a Group One for the first time, has attracted the first three from the Oaks at Epsom, the Ralph Beckett-trained duo of Talent and Secret Gesture as well as Michael Bell’s The Lark.

Wayward Irish Oaks winner Chiquita, Venus De MIlo and Just Pretending, the first three form the Curragh, could all potentially clash again too.

Hot Snap, Just The Judge, Alive Alive Oh and German raider Penelopa, who beat Secret Gesture in the German Oaks last Sunday, Sapphire, The Fugue and Wild Coco are also possibles.

Lethal Force, brilliant winner of the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup, stands out in the Qipco British Champions Sprint which has risen in value by £100,000 this year.

Also entered is the horse who chased him home in both those races, Society Rock.

The ex-Australian mare Sea Siren, who is now with O’Brien, and the first three from last year’s race, Maarek, Hawkeyethenoo and Sirius Prospect, are also engaged, while Soft Falling Rain has been entered by Mike de Kock.

Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate, owned by the Queen, is the headline act in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup along with impressive Goodwood winner Brown Panther.

Gloomy Sunday and Top Trip may travel from France.

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