Carson to present jockeys’ championship trophies at QIPCO British Champions Day

Five-time champion Willie Carson will present both the Champion Jockey and the Champion Apprentice trophies at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.

Carson, 80, who was yesterday inducted into the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame, will hand over the Apprentice Championship trophy at 12.35pm before the Jockeys’ Championship presentation at 12.40pm, both taking place in the parade ring at Ascot.

Carson, who won the title in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1983, is due to receive his specially commissioned Hall of Fame medal after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) at around 3.35pm.


In the Jockeys’ Championship, William Buick is a mammoth 67 winners ahead of second-placed Hollie Doyle before racing today and is set to be crowned Champion for the first time on Saturday.

Trainer Charlie Appleby, who Buick has ridden the most winners for in his title push, said: “I’m delighted for him, working with William over the past nine years myself. I feel that from a team’s point of view, we’re all very proud of what he’s achieved. It’s also something that we saw him winning himself when we employed him as a Goldolphin number one rider, when he joined us from John Gosden’s.

“He’s done nothing but go from strength to strength and riding multiple Classic winners and most importantly now, being crowned Champion Jockey. At the end of the day, he’s achieved it himself, we’re obviously part of the jigsaw puzzle going into it but at the end of the day, he’s the man who’s done it himself, pushed himself harder and harder each year and achieved what he’s managed to achieve and be Champion Jockey.

“It’s all very well jumping on nice horses and riding in these nice races, but what you see him doing on a day-to-day basis and going to Lingfield and Wolverhampton at night and travelling all around the country, what a lot of these guys have got to do, takes immense dedication. You have to have the work ethos behind it to be able to achieve it and you see that in spades now with William.”


In terms of the current standings in the Apprentice Jockeys’ Championship, 19-year-old Benoit de la Sayette sits six winners ahead of his nearest rival, 17-year-old Harry Davies, with four days of the title race remaining.

See below their riding schedule ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday, with Davies now not declared to ride on Friday:


Benoit de la Sayette

Harry Davies


3x rides at Kempton


5.30pm – Moralisa (11/4)

6pm – Fariba (11/4)

6.30pm – Huddleton Mac (11/2)


2x rides at Kempton


6.30pm – He’s A Gentleman (12/1)

7pm – Out From Under (11/5)

Tomorrow (13th October)

3x rides at Chelmsford


5.55pm – Sigmund

6.30pm – Running Lion

8.30pm – Spinaraound


7x rides at Brighton


12.55pm – Blackbird Power

1.30pm – Nomaas

2.05pm – Curtiz

2.40pm – Dumfries

3.15pm – Silver Bubble

3.50pm – Habanero Star

5.00pm – Dorothee


Friday 14th October

2x rides at Haydock


4pm – Dandy Maestro

5.08pm – Whitehaven


No rides