Huge Ascot handicap unveiled
Ascot will stage the richest mile handicap in Europe with the addition of the Balmoral Handicap to the QIPCO British Champions Day card on October 18.
The race, worth £250,000, will have a maximum field of 30 and will only be open to horses that have finished in the first six in 18 nominated qualifier races that take place throughout the season.
Those qualifiers include the likes of the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, three events at Royal Ascot and the Betfair International at Ascot.
There is at least one qualifying race staged at each of the Qipco British Champions Series' participant racecourses.
Charles Barnett, chief executive at Ascot, said: "Her Majesty The Queen has graciously consented to the name Balmoral Handicap being re-introduced for the new race on Qipco British Champions Day.
"The last time the race title was used was at Royal Ascot 2003, when it was a five-furlong handicap, which was replaced to make way for the then new Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes.
"It has very much been on our mind to bring back this name when an appropriate opportunity such as this arose."