British Champions Series
The British Champions Series is a series of 35 top British flat races, which culminates in a day-long festival of championship races, known as British Champions Day. It was inaugurated in the 2011 season to draw together some of Britain's key flat races into a meaningful championship, with the hope of generating coverage and stimulating interest among the more casual sports fan. It was believed to have achieved its aims based on an increase of 7% attendance at the race days that were part of the 2011 series, as opposed to a 3.9% increase in attendances across the season's race programme as a whole.
The championships have been sponsored by the Qatari investment group QIPCO since its inception in 2011. In June 2015 QIPCO renewed their sponsorship until at least 2024 in a deal worth more than £50m, the biggest sponsorship deal ever for British horse racing.
The series is split into five divisions - Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares. This series includes all Group One races in Great Britain, except those limited to two year old horses.
|King's Stand Stakes||Mid June||5 furlongs||Ascot|
|Commonwealth Cup||Mid June||6 furlongs||Ascot|
|Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Mid June||6 furlongs||Ascot|
|July Cup||Mid July||6 furlongs||Newmarket|
|Nunthorpe Stakes||Late August||5 furlongs||York|
|Haydock Sprint Cup||Early September||6 furlongs||Haydock|
|British Champions Sprint Stakes||Mid October||6 furlongs||Ascot|
|2,000 Guineas||Early May||1 mile||Newmarket|
|Lockinge Stakes||Mid May||1 mile||Newbury|
|Queen Anne Stakes||Mid June||1 mile||Ascot|
|St. James's Palace Stakes||Mid June||1 mile||Ascot|
|Sussex Stakes||Late July||1 mile||Goodwood|
|Sun Chariot Stakes||Early October||1 mile||Newmarket|
|Queen Elizabeth II Stakes||Mid October||1 mile||Ascot|
|Coronation Cup||Early June||1 mile 4 furlongs||Epsom|
|Epsom Derby||Early June||1 mile 4 furlongs||Epsom|
|Prince of Wales's Stakes||Mid June||1 mile 2 furlongs||Ascot|
|Eclipse Stakes||Early July||1 mile 2 furlongs||Sandown|
|King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Late July||1 mile 4 furlongs||Ascot|
|Juddmonte International Stakes||Mid August||1 mile 2 furlongs||York|
|Champion Stakes||Mid October||1 mile 2 furlongs||Ascot|
|Yorkshire Cup||Mid May||1 mile 6 furlongs||York|
|Ascot Gold Cup||Mid June||2 miles 4 furlongs||Ascot|
|Goodwood Cup||Early August||2 miles||Goodwood|
|Lonsdale Cup||Late August||2 miles 1/2 furlong||York|
|Doncaster Cup||Mid September||2 miles 2 furlongs||Doncaster|
|St. Leger Stakes||Mid September||1 mile 6 furlongs||Doncaster|
|British Champions Long Distance Cup||Mid October||2 miles||Ascot|
Fillies & Mares
|1,000 Guineas||Early May||1 mile||Newmarket|
|Epsom Oaks||Early June||1 mile 4 furlongs||Epsom|
|Coronation Stakes||Mid June||1 mile||Ascot|
|Falmouth Stakes||Mid July||1 mile||Newmarket|
|Nassau Stakes||Early August||1 mile 2 furlongs||Goodwood|
|Yorkshire Oaks||Mid/Late August||1 mile 4 furlongs||York|
|British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes||Mid October||1 mile 4 furlongs||Ascot|
- "British Champions' Series launched to broaden appeal". BBC Sport. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "British Champions' Series organisers buoyed by new figures". Sport Business. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "British Champions Series secures record sponsorship deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2015.