Britain’s richest day of racing goes ahead with Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday and many of the season’s stars will be bidding to end the season in lucrative style.
There has been a huge amount of withdrawals already due to injuries and bottomless ground, including the incredible Kingman and Derby winner Australia, among others.
Champion Stakes Tips
The Champion Stakes is still lined up to be a competitive event, despite the withdrawal of A P O’Brien’s impressive colt. CIRRUS DES AIGLES has been heavily supported early on in the market and will look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing disqualification in France last time.
The heavy ground looks sure to suit the French veteran and Bet365 currently offer the best price of 11/8 on the short priced favourite.
Free Eagle is next in the betting, however this could be too much of a step up in the conditions, with the ground expected to take its toll. Dermot Weld’s 3-year-old has looked very impressive, with his only loss coming to Australia. At 7/2 with Paddy Power, the two-time winner looks slightly short.
Noble Mission, brother to the supernatural Frankel and former winner at this meeting is another in with a very good chance. Lady Cecil’s 5-year-old has been in good form this season with a new front running approach and represents decent value at 9/2 with Bet365.
Ruler Of The World and Pether’s Moon are two more who represent good value at slightly higher odds in what is lined up to be a thriller.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Tips
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is always a phenomenal spectacle and has been made far more open due to the withdrawal of superstar, Kingman. The 2,000 Guineas winner, Night Of Thunder currently leads the betting with Bet365, who offer the best price of 11/4.
Charm Spirit won the Moulin last time out, where Night Of Thunder could only manage third. He has won his last three and is sure to make another bold bid here, with the 10/3 price Bet Victor are offering looking slightly generous.
CUSTOM CUT surely represents the best value here, despite stepping up to Group 1 company for the first time. David O’Meara’s 5-year-old has been in superb form, winning five in a row and Paddy Power’s 9/1 odds look good for one that will relish the ground.
Fillies and Mares Stakes Tips
The Fillies and Mares Stakes is the other Group 1 event, which again looks a difficult one for punters. Silk Sari dominated in the Park Hill last time out for Luca Cumani, whilst Cubanita is a proven winner on heavy ground. They are 5/1 and 6/1 respectively with Paddy Power.
A P O’Brien’s Chicquita was drawn badly in the Arc last time out, however this looks more suitable and she has solid claims. Madame Chiang and Pollyana are another two that could certainly run well and make this extra competitive.
Leading Light is a proven stayer and is coming into this on the back of a top season. He was asked too much last time but has won on heavy ground and is deservedly a 9/4 favourite with William Hill.
Forgotten Rules looks very promising for Dermot Weld, but will have to improve for the step up here and has never raced in the conditions. The Queen’s horse Estimate is also included in the line-up, however a little further distance would probably suit better.
Pallasator is currently 8/1 with Paddy Power and should run a big race, as he is the only other horse in the race to have been successful on heavy ground.
The most competitive race of the meeting is the Group 2 Sprint Stakes, over 6f. G Force is the current market leader following an impressive Group 1 win at Haydock last time. The ground is the only concern for David O’Meara’s 7/2 shot.
Jack Dexter ran a big race in defeat to Slade Power last year and the conditions are sure to suit. Ladbrokes offer the 6/1 best price for Jim Goldie’s entry. Gordon Lord Byron has been running well lately, however he never seems to produce his best at Ascot.
Edward Lynam won this race with Slade Power in the 2013 renewal and VIZTORIA, who was third behind him then, could be the one to win this and make it consecutive successes for the yard. He won easily at Curragh on Sunday and looks to have a definite chance of following up here.
Almargo has been massively supported for the Balmoral Handicap and is likely to be in with the favourites betting wise. Levitate ran well last time out and is one to keep an eye on in the final race of the day. Baraweez also represents nice value at 12/1 with most leading firms.
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Cirrus Des Aigles to win
Viztoria each way
Custom Cut each way