Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sir Henry Cecil Press Conference

You are invited to a QIPCO British Champions Day Press Conference with Sir Henry Cecil in the Limekilns Suite on Level 3 of the Millennium Grandstand at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse this Friday (23 September) at 12 noon.

Sir Henry will give an update on his team of runners for QIPCO British Champions Day, the richest day in British racing history at Ascot on Saturday 15 October, which is expected to include the top-rated racehorse in the world, Frankel, in the £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO, Twice Over going for a record-equalling hat-trick of victories in the £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes, three-time Nassau Stakes winner Midday contesting either the QIPCO Champion Stakes or the £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, a race at which the Darley Yorkshire Oaks runner-up, Vita Nova, is also being targeted.

Following the Press Conference, Sir Henry will be happy to do brief one-on-one interviews with TV and radio. It will be a great opportunity to hear from Sir Henry in the run-up to QIPCO British Champions Day.

During the afternoon race programme which follows the press conference on Shadwell Day, the Nayef Joel Stakes, the final QIPCO British Champions Series race prior to QIPCO British Champions Day, will be run. The field includes last year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner, Poet's Voice, having his final run before possibly defending his QEII crown against Frankel on Saturday 15 October.

Sir Henry's QIPCO British Champions Day team gallop

At approximately 6.15am on Friday morning, Sir Henry's QIPCO British Champions Day team will work on the watered gallop, racecourse side. If you would like to watch/film this gallop, please meet at the Annual Badge Holders car park on the Rowley Mile soon after 6am. As it's a work morning for Sir Henry, all interviews will need to wait until the press conference at noon - the gallop is just an opportunity to film, take photographs and watch.

There is no need to RSVP to this invitation.

For more information:

Alistair Haggis, Head of Communications, British Champions Series,


tel: 07761 896 500

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