The finale of the European flat racing season took place at Ascot this weekend. The QIPCO British Champions Day, now in its sixth year, is the richest raceday in the British calendar and the chance to see the World’s finest horses and jockeys battle it out for a piece of history. It featured the end-of-season championship races for Ten-furlong horses (The Champion Stakes), Milers (The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Sprinters (six furlongs), Long distance horses (two miles) and Fillies and Mares (one mile and four furlongs).
Almanzor capped a brilliant season with victory for France in a thrilling Champion Stakes at Ascot. The 11-8 favourite, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, beat Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Found. Minding achieved a seventh Group One success to land the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for jockey Ryan Moore, with a tremendously performance beating the high-class Ribchester. Jim Crowley was crowned champion jockey for the first time.
The Wine Tipster spent the day tipping in various restaurants around the course and in particular enjoyed catching up with Chef Raymond Blanc in the Parade Ring on the 2nd Floor where Raymond brings his expertise from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, which has two Michelin Stars. He also enjoyed the opportunity to visit one of the Bollinger bars at the racecourse as Bollinger Special Cuvée is poured at all Ascot hosted events throughout the year and Ascot work with Bollinger to match key champagne offerings to menus at the Royal Meeting. He was also able to recommend one of his favourite wines, Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2015 which was being served at Caviar House and Prunier. A classic Marlborough style with a mineral edge delivering characters of passion fruit, grapefruit and redcurrant made by Dr Andrew Hedley, who was born in Gateshead and has made wine in New Zealand since 1998.
The Wine Tipster featured on Racing UK with their presenter Tom Stanley pulling a pint of the full-flavoured and delicious Windsor Knot from the local Windsor & Eton Brewery. This brewer are producing a marvellous range of ales including their Golden Ale Knight of the Garter and Guardsman Best Bitter.
It was a truly spectacular day of racing combined with entertainment and food making it one of Ascot’s premier days.
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