Three horses to take out of British Champions Day for next season

Kew Gardens

The first horse to take out of British Champions Day is Kew Gardens who managed to snatch the Long Distance Cup Away from fan favourite Stradivarius in an amazing photo finish.

Aidan O'Brien's four year old gave punters one of the biggest shocks on what was a superb day of racing at Ascot but now we have to look to the future and where this son of Galileo will head to next year.

Kew Gardens looks next season to be targeting the Ascot Gold Cup in a rematch with John Gosden's five year old who will be going in search of a third consecutive Gold Cup at the royal meeting.

O'Brien's colt was a previous Group One winner over a marathon distance before entering Saturdays race, winning the St Leger in 2018.

He normally comes good around that time of year being patiently waited on throughout the season but this victory was a career best performer.

There is not many times that Stradivarius gets outstayed in a contest but Kew Gardens did and it sets up an exciting dual between the two stayers next season.

King Of Change

Queen Elizabeth II winner King Of Change is up next and this Richard Hannon trained three year old has a massive future ahead of him if staying in training.

The Group One winner has only raced six times during his career, twice as a juvenile old where he was second twice but as a three year old he came to life.

He won at Nottingham on his seasonal debut and then finished a strong second in the Group One 2000 Guineas out running his odds of 66/1.

He had a lay off and came back at Sandown in the Listed Fortune Stakes and held off some strong competition nicely to give him a good prep run for the QE II.

This was a career best performance from Hannon's colt who son the race with ease under a superb ride from Sean Levey but now thoughts head to his four year old career.

There are some big races next season in the mile division that he will be aimed of and if kept fresh by his trainer again has to be one to keep an eye on.


The final horse we believe will be worth following next season is another of Aidan O'Brien's team and Delphinia ran a cracker in the Fillies and Mares Stakes at the weekend and should come on for that experience next season.

The Ballydoyle trainer has a host of smart fillies like Magical and Fleeting but Delphinia looks to be a rising star after a narrow second to Star Catcher.

She has had a bright season being trialled at different distances which could see her upped in trip next year with her showing clear stamina in her runs throughout the season.

The three year old really came to life this season with her second in her last two Group One contests at Ascot and Longchamp and before that second again in a Group Two.

Although not winning a lot she has been very unlucky always being pipped on the line and we are predicting that next season will see her land her first black type victory.