LONDON – Igugu is one of the international horses entered for the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes for the third Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 19 October.
The race is being run as a Group 1 for the first time and has doubled in value to £500,000. It has attracted a plethora of European talent, including the first three home in the British Oaks – Talent, Secret Gesture and The Lark – and the first three in the Irish Oaks – Chicquita, Venus De Milo and Just Pretending. Also entered is German Oaks winner Penelopa.
Last year’s winner Sapphire and The Fugue represent the cream of the older generation, while Germany’s Nymphea and South Africa’s Igugu head the overseas raiders.
Unbeaten Soft Falling Rain (headline photo) could also make an appearance at Ascot as he has been entered for the Group 2 Sprint along with Lethal Force, Society Rock, Sole Power and Sea Siren.
Meanwhile The Apache has been entered for the G1 Arlington Million in the US onn 17 August.
Photo: Andrew Watkins.