The second day of the Betfair Weekend at Ascot is the feature meeting of the large collection of racing that is on offer on Saturday.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1)
The main race at Ascot is the Group 1, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is lined up to be a fantastic renewal of the race, with the horse that pushed Frankel closer any other, CIRRUS DES AIGLES the hot favourite.
He is now a short 7/4 with William Hill to claim victory over his rivals, following the unfortunate injury to the fantastic St Nicholas Abbey who was due to be one of the two leading contenders entered.
Novellist beat the 2011 Champion Stakes winner last time out at Saint-Cloud, but there is no doubt the favourite can reverse that here if at his best. Trading Leather and Hillstar should both give a good account, whilst the impressive Universal could step up once more and has place claims at valuable odds of 25/1 with Coral.
Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Group 3)
Windfire is the 15/8 favourite (Ladbrokes) for the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes, following her third place to No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes. The extra furlong should suit, giving David Brown’s filly every chance of success.
Queen Catrine warrants respect on her latest Group 2 third at Newmarket, when she finished in front of today’s opponents Fig Roll and Princess Noor.
Along Again and Wee Jean both race on the back of wins, but this is much harder and they will both need improvement. Irish filly Chroussa finished second in two decent maidens and will also need to improve, whilst Love In The Desert represents good each-way value at 20/1 with most firms.
Titanic Belfast Winkfield Stakes (Listed)
Richard Hannon will be hoping that Washaar can give him another win in the Titanic Belfast Winkfield Stakes after the talented Toronado won this last year under Richard Hughes. Washaar finished third in the Group 2, Superlative Stakes earlier this month and at 9/4 with Paddy Power looks very decent value.
Market leader, Emirates Flyer, won at Newmarket two weeks ago and the distance should suit, although Mickael Barzalona has chosen to ride stable mate Safety Check in this difficult betting heat.
Cape Peron should run well in the Deloitte Handicap, as should Intrigo under champion jockey Richard Hughes. Butterfly McQueen is another that symbolises good value at 10/1 with Coral.
With 29 horses entered, the Cash Out Multiples Only On Betfair International Stakes is the most wide open race of the meeting and is sure to cause punters some problems. Queensberry Rules is a 10/1 co-favourite for the race following his Britannia third and warrants respect.
Es Que Love is another with a chance and Glen Moss and Trail Blaze offer good value if at their best.
Graphic and See The Storm both have claims for the Longines Handicap and Big Thunder is the hot favourite for the last race, although Rosaceous may cause him problems.
The Music Showcase Weekend is another quality meeting that goes ahead at York from 1.50. The Sky Bet York Stakes is the feature race there and its William Haggas’ MUKHADRAM that is the favourite, as short as 1/2 with Coral.
He has been ultra-progressive this season and rather unlucky to have faced Al Kazeem, whilst still running well in good Group 1 company.
I can’t see past him here, however The Apache has quality form in Dubai and Grandeur won two Grade 2 races last term and they are next best.
Hot Streak is an interesting contender for the 4.05 and Innocently will take some beating in the final race of the day at York.
Other top quality horse racing is available to punters across the UK throughout the day, with Summer Saturday at Newmarket as well as action from Newcastle, Wexford and York. Evening action from Lingfield and Salisbury follows the day’s action.
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