British Champions Day 2021 Odds Comparison - Ascot Racing Betting

British Champions Day is one of the highlights of the UK flat horse racing calendar, with Ascot Racecourse hosting a prestigious race meeting packed with intriguing encounters. The 2020 renewal should be typically exciting, with a British Champions Day 2020 racecard packed with high-profile names who will be sent out to scoop some of the enormous prize money on the table.

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When Does British Champions Day 2020 Take Place?

This year’s British Champions Day takes place on Saturday 17 October and has essentially been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which saw many high-profile horse racing meetings postponed while there was a UK lockdown. However, we might not only see a brilliant race card on that day but also spectators in attendance.

As always, 2020 British Champions Day will be the nation’s richest raceday of the year and the total prize money will surpass the £4 million mark this year, with the British Champions Series including many previous races which all lead up to this Ascot extravaganza.

What Are the Big 2020 British Champions Day Races?

  • British Champions Long Distance Cup
  • This will be a Group 2 encounter over two miles and the 2020 renewal could see Stradivarius return to Ascot to potentially go one better after being beaten in the 2019 encounter by Kew Gardens. Stradivarius did win the 2018 race and this will be another opportunity for the horse to make history as one of the greatest ever long distance flat runners.

  • British Champions Sprint Stakes
  • As the name suggests, this is a race for some of the finest sprinters in the land and the race card is packed with high-profile horses going after a share of the £600,000 pot. Run over six furlongs, Sands of Mali and Donjuan Triumphant are among the recent winners.

  • British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes
  • This is a race which has been dominated by trainers Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden in recent years. Gosden saddled Star Catcher and Journey to victory in 2019 and 2016 respectively, while O’Brien has a strong track record and served up Hydrangea and Magical in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Expect the Ascot racecard to be showing more horses from both of these stables on 2020 British Champions Day.

  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
  • This is the second biggest race on the 2020 British Champions Day race card in terms of prize money, with the heat run over one mile and the purse over £1,000,000. Frankel is the most high-profile winner of this race in recent years, with the runner triumphing in 2011, while King of Change scored for Richard Hannon Jnr in 2019.

  • Champion Stakes
  • This is the biggest race on the Champions Day racecard, with the encounter run over one mile and two furlongs. Cracksman won for trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori in 2017 and 2018, while Magical scored a success in 2019 after previously winning the British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes. The prize money for this race is now around £1,500,000.

    It is also a very good day of racing on which to place bets, especially if you make use of our odds comparison, which compares racing odds from the top bookies around to ensure you get the best possible value odds on all of the races.

    Here we give you a rundown of the contests that take place on British Champions Day, as well as some betting pointers for each to help you pick some winning horse racing bets.

    Racing Highlights

    Though the action takes place over just a single day, this is one of the highest quality days of racing of the entire flat season. With four Group 1s, a Group 2 and a handicap, the racing just doesn’t get any better. The very biggest and best of these:

    • British Champions Long Distance Cup, Group 2, 2m
    • British Champions Sprint Stakes, Group 1, 6f
    • British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, Group 1, 1m4f
    • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Group 1, 1m
    • Champion Stakes, Group 1, 1m2f

    It is so rare to get a card packed with such prestigious races that it is almost overwhelming for flat racing fans. The spread of distances is also something of a treat, as punters get to witness the best sprinters, milers, middle distance runners and stamina-rich stayers in the game.

    That the day ends with a slightly lower class handicap comes as something of a relief to those whose adrenaline has been getting the better of them! But follow some of our handy betting tips and insights and you could land some winning racing bets on this excellent day of flat action.

    Betting Pointers and Tips

    Whilst all the races on the card are open to runners aged three and older, when selecting your bets it is worth noting that the youngsters tend to fare much better in some races than others. For instance, in the Long Distance Cup, the last time a three year old triumphed was back in 2009. Conversely, six of the last 10 winners of the Fillies and Mares Stakes were aged three, with three aged four.

    Clearly assessing the betting odds of the runners in the approach to the meeting is worthwhile, and using our odds comparison makes that task simple and effective. Looking for the betting value based on previous form at Ascot and indeed in the British Champions Series races during the flat season can clearly pay dividends as well.

    Some of the races in the series worth considering when trying to pick winners at this Ascot meeting include the following, by race category:

    • Sprint - King’s Stand Stakes, Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes
    • Mile - 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes
    • Middle Distance - Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes
    • Long Distance - Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, St Leger
    • Fillies & Mares - 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Coronation Stakes
    So take a look back at the results of those races, arm yourself with our odds comparison and get picking some winning bets for Champions Day.

    British Champions Day – A Brief History

    British Champions Day is a relatively new meeting in its current format having only been held since 2011. It serves as the culmination of the British Champions Series of 35 races, which was developed to add a bit of extra spice to what were already some of the biggest races in the flat racing season.

    The British Champions Series is split into the categories of Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares, which correspond to the five main races that are run at Ascot on British Champions Day itself.

    While the races on the Champions Day card are said to be the finals of the series for each race category, the runners who enter them are not there based on points accumulated over previous series races. Rather the races in the series, some of the biggest races of the season, are used more as a way to point punters towards the best runners in the business and indeed to increase the interest in this fine Ascot meeting.

    Of course, with £4.3 million in prize money up for grabs, the card is assured to be packed full of top talent. And with our odds comparison and betting tips you can hopefully take full advantage and land your fair share of racing bets!

    British Champions Day FAQ

    British Champions Day is a high-profile horse race meeting which traditionally takes place at the end of the UK Flat season. It is staged with Ascot and horses qualify for the respective races by participating in earlier races that form part of the British Champions Series. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes are among several races on the Champions Day racecard.
    Yes, Ascot will allow racing fans to be in attendance for the 2020 British Champions Day, with the racecourse having proceeded with its Royal Ascot 2020 meeting behind closed doors. Providing that the COVID-19 lockdown continues to be eased, we are likely to see spectators enjoying this feast of horse racing on 17 October 2020.
    There will be a racecard for British Champions Day like every other race meeting. Every bookmaker will price up the races and there might be antepost horse racing odds for some of the higher profile encounters. You can therefore log into your betting account and look through the Ascot race cards to find the horses that you want to back for each race.
    There are a few options if you don’t have the opportunity to be in attendance at Ascot Racecourse to watch the action. UK customers will be able to enjoy the biggest 2020 British Champions Day races on terrestrial television thanks to the ITV coverage, while there’s the alternative option to log into your bookmaker account, place a bet on a particular race and then access the live streaming.
    You can usually obtain free horse racing bets when you open a new bookmaker account and these could naturally be enjoyed for the 2020 British Champions Day races. There are also some bookies who will run free bet promotions and other offers for the big events. Therefore, it’s worth shopping around to make sure you get the free bets, promotions and best odds available.