Cracksman, Alpha Centauri and Battaash in a star-studded lineup for British Champions Day at Ascot

Cracksman is likely to line up to defend his Champion Stakes title on October 20

Cracksman, Alpha Centauri and Battaash in a star-studded lineup for British Champions Day at Ascot

Marcus Townend for MailOnline

A stellar cast with some of the best flat horses in the world has registered for the Ascot Qipco British Champions Day in October.

The appeal of £ 4.35 million in prizes has attracted the winners of 77 Group 1 races and 16 European Classics with heroes such as the current hero of the Qipco champion scam, Cracksman, united by the best qualified horse in the world at Poet & # 39; s Word, which amounted to a score of 130 after the stubborn defeat of King George VI last month against stable companion Crystal Ocean.

Jessica Harrington superstar Alpha Centauri and Battaash, tremendously impressive at the Group 1 venture at Goodwood last week, are other standout names along with stablemates Enable and Stradivarius on an impressive ticket list.

Cracksman is likely to line up to defend his Champion Stakes title on October 20

Cracksman is likely to line up to defend his Champion Stakes title on October 20

Its owner, Anthony Oppenheimer, confirmed that Cracksman would be aiming for the race again after a seven-length romp on soft ground last season.

Oppenheimer told The Sun: "Cracksman was absolutely in his element last year and it was a wonderful day.

"There is no doubt that the race will be considered." I've seen it in the barn this week, it looks fantastic and we're just waiting for the rain.

Meanwhile, rider Frankie Dettori will miss the Ascot Shergar Cup on Saturday to travel to Newmarket.

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