Ascot Champions Day: Record entries for 2016 fixture

Fascinating Rock
Fascinating Rock won the Champion Stakes race in 2015

A record 256 entries have been made for the British Champions Day at Ascot.

The winners of 79 top-level Group One races, including 15 European Classics, feature among contenders for the fixture on 15 October.

Overseas entrants include Gold-Fun, a leading sprinter from Hong Kong, plus Yorker, a multiple Grade One winner in South Africa.

More than £4m in prize money will be on offer at the richest day in British horse racing.

French Derby victor Almanzor is among the potential runners in the Champion Stakes.

Almanzor has won both of the last two professional races he has entered in France

The first five home last year - Fascinating Rock, Found, Jack Hobbs, Racing History and Air Pilot - are among others on the 55-strong early entry list.

Derby winner Harzand, plus the three horses who finished immediately behind him at Epsom - US Army Ranger, Idaho and Wings Of Desire - are also entered.

The 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Glorious Goodwood winner Minding has entries in both the Champion Stakes and the shorter Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

British Champions Day was created in 2011 as a high-quality finale to the Flat racing season.

The previous highest number of entries for the six-race card was 245 three years ago.