QIPCO British Champions Series: The Investec Oaks and The Investec Coronation Cup

On Friday 3rd June, 2011, The Investec Oaks and the Investec Coronation Cup, took place at Epsom Downs. The Investec Oaks is over the same mile-and-a-half (2400 metres) distance as the Investec Derby. Like the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, this is a fillies-only Classic, which with Ladbrokes St Leger, the final Classic of the season, make up the Fillies' Triple Crown. The Investec Coronation Cup is the opening middle-distance race in the QIPCO British Champions Series and provides the perfect opportunity to see some of the best older horses (four-year-olds and up) contest their first big mile-and-a-half (2400 metres) race of the season and regularly includes runners that featured in the Investec Derby or Oaks, run over the same course and distance but for three-year-olds only, in preceding seasons. Epsom certainly provides the ultimate test, with an undulating, stamina-sapping course comprising deceptive cambers and a challenging decent into Tattenham Corner. Fillies taking part usually appear in one or more trial races before the Investec Oaks. The 2010 race was won by Snow Fairy, giving the previous season's Champion Jockey, Ryan Moore, his first Classic win. The horse had been so unfancied, months before, that one punter was able to put £4 on her... at 999-1. Moore went on the complete a memorable Epsom double 24 hours later by taking the Investec Derby on the mighty Workforce.

 

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