The finale is always the best period of a tournament. With excitement and expectation running high, the final fixture of the horse racing season is scheduled from 28th September to the 30th of September at the Ascot racecourse. The fixture is drawing near and bettors as well as racing enthusiasts are keeping their fingers crossed for the deciding fixture.
The major highlight of the season ending fixture is The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Saturday, the 29th of September. It is Europe's leading mile race, and the winner of last year’s Stakes was George Washington. He is fit and raring to go. With a high quality field to compete against him, George will have to battle it out to defend his championship. The field includes prominent names like The Queen Anne, the winner of Sussex Stakes - Ramonti, the winner of the St James's Palace Stakes, Excellent Art, and the winner of Prix Du Moulin of France – Darjina.
The feature races scheduled for this fixture include the Watership Down Stud Sales race, which carries a prize money of £250,000 and the £90,000 worth John Guest Diadem Stakes. The former will be held at 3.10pm on Friday and the John Guest Diadem Stakes will take place at 4.20pm on Sunday.
The two key racing events taking place this weekend are – the Watership Down Stud Thoroughbred Breeders' Day and the Mile Championships. The Watership Down Stud Thoroughbred Breeders’ Day will be organized on Friday, the 28th of September. It is the first race in the three day fixture. It will feature two year old fillies and is one of the crowd favourites. The two year olds are usually bought as yearlings by racers who are eyeing the £250,000 prize money.
Some of the popular horses participating in the Stallion Parade are – Bahamian Bounty,
Deportivo, Phoenix Reach and Pastoral Pursuits. With the help of The National Stud, Ascot Racecourse will organize the stallion parade at 12:30pm in the Parade Ring. For race enthusiasts, this will be a treat. And with the expert commentary of renowned commentator Simon Holt to boot, the audience will definitely have a memorable time at Ascot. Moreover, Simon will also keep them informed about the performances of the horses as well as about the breeding market in the UK.
On the 29th of September, Ascot racecourse will throw The Mile Championships open. The race is quite popular in the Flat season and is certainly one of the key races in the Ascot racing fixture. The race is expected to draw audience from all over the world, like in the past. Racing enthusiasts will have a ball at the Parade Ring, which will be the race opener for The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This race is among Europe's top mile races and holds a reputation of being the premier miler in Europe. This is one of the primary reasons why the race is so popular and a key event in the racecourse’s racing calendar. It has always established Ascot as the premier racing destination in the world of international horse racing. The history of the race dates all the way back to 1955. It offers the perfect platform for trainers who have worked their fingers to the bone to condition a horse for the entire season.
The race fixture will also include two other popular races – the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile as well as the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. Both the races offer racers an opportunity to try and finish at the top of two year old milers.
So, all you racing enthusiasts and bettors keep your fingers crossed and wait for the gunshot. This is the end of the season and it will surely be one of the best fixtures.