The QIPCO British Champions Day 2020 is set to take place on Saturday, October 17, from 1:20 PM BST (8:20 AM EST / 5:20 AM PST). The culmination of the QIPCO British Champions Series, the event will be held behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, you can still watch the British Champions Day live online from home. Better still, we’ll show you how you can use a VPN to live stream the event from anywhere.
Note that we’re only recommending official sources for watching the British Champions Day. While unlicensed streams are inevitable, many will be taken offline for copyright violation. Between this and the poor resolution and performance issues such as lag and buffering, unauthorized streams aren’t worth your time. Besides, we’ll tell you how to stream the British Champions Day 2020 live online for free via official sources.
The British Champions Day will only be shown on region-locked platforms. If you’re traveling abroad (outside the UK), a VPN is required to continue watching via your regular services from home.
How to watch QIPCO British Champions Day live online with a VPN
A VPN works by routing your device’s internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to a server in your preferred location. For example, if you’re traveling abroad but connect to a VPN’s UK server, you’ll receive a UK IP address. This lets you spoof your location and watch the British Champions Day from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to live stream the British Champions Day from anywhere:
- The first step is to sign up with a VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN although NordVPN and Surfshark are two value-for-money alternatives to consider.
- Once signed up, you’ll be able to download and install one of the VPN’s apps. All of the above provide desktop and mobile apps as well as browser extensions.
- Log in to the VPN app (or browser extension) and connect to a server in the UK for a UK IP address. This allows you to unblock ITV1 and Sky Sports Racing.
- Go to ITV Hub and sign in (or sign up for an account if you don’t have one already). Note that you’ll need to provide a UK postcode but any UK postal code is accepted.
- The geo-restricted content should now be unblocked. If not, you’ll need to clear your browser’s cookies or try connecting to another server in the UK.
The British Champions Day will broadcast live. That’s why we recommend that you test your VPN with ITV1 or Sky Sports ahead of time. The advantage of doing this is that if you run into any issues, you’ll have time to troubleshoot them with your VPN’s support.
How to watch QIPCO British Champions Day on UK TV
The good news is that you can watch Royal Ascot British Champions Day live online for free on ITV1. In order to live stream the event, you’ll need to go to ITV Hub and sign up for an account (it’s free). You’ll be asked to provide the following personal details: your name, email address, date of birth, and a UK postcode. Note that any UK postal code you enter will work.
Another way you can watch British Champions Day is on Sky Sports Racing. This means you’ll be able to watch at no extra cost if you already have a Sky Sports subscription. To watch online, simply access the Sky Go app. There’s even a way for you to watch Sky Sports contract-free. Now TV provides a Sky Sports Day Pass for £9.99 or Month Pass for £33.99. This includes access to 11 Sky Sports channels.
If you’re traveling outside the UK, you’ll need a UK IP address in order to access ITV Hub, Sky Sports Go, or Now TV. The reason for this is that all of these services are region-locked. Fortunately, ExpressVPN unblocks these services and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. As such, you can try it risk-free and have 30 days to request a full refund if you decide not to continue.
What can we expect from British Champions Day?
The British Champions Day marks the conclusion of the British Champions Series, a series of 35 British flat races. First held in October 2011, the event takes place annually at Ascot Racecourse and consists of the finals of the five divisions of the series as well as a one-mile handicap race.
British Champions Day is often referred to as the nation’s “richest raceday” with prize money of £4.2 million in 2019. However, this year’s event will be held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic and sees prize money cut by 40% down to £2.5 million as a result.
British Champions Day race times and entries
|Time (BST)||Race||Distance||Prize Fund|
|01:20 PM||The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (Class 1) (Group 2)||1m 7f 209yds||£300,000|
|01:55 PM||The QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)||Six furlongs||£350,000|
|02:30 PM||The QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)||1m 3f 211yds||£350,000|
|03:05 PM||The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (British Champions Mile) (Class 1) (Group 1)||One mile||£650,000|
|03:40 PM||The QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Class 1) (Group 1)||1m 1f 212yds||£750,000|
|04:15 PM||The Balmoral Handicap Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) (Class 2)||One mile||£100,000|