Champions Day and we are going to look at five races from Ascot. The richest race day of the flat season with £4.2 million prize money on offer. The going is Good and showers are forecast.
1.25 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
We start with a 2 miler for 3 y.o.’s and over
Order Of St George sets a high standard. However that is reflected in his market price.
Having had a hard race in the Arc under a fortnight ago I would be wary of getting involved at very short odds.
I have them priced as follows:
Order Of St. George 5/4
Simple Verse 5/1
Forgotten Rules 10/1
Quest For More 10/1
2.00 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
Two to look at in this wide open 6f sprint.
Twilight Son is a noted horse from last season who is expected to figure.
Signs Of Blessing form ties in with Twilight Son and he can go well at double figure odds.
I have it 5/1 the field which is slightly above the best on the current market and provisionally go the two mentioned as:
Twilight Son 13/2
Signs Of Blessing 11/1
3.10 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1)
Minding and Ribchester deservedly head the market as they contest for the winner’s prize of just over £650,000.
Around 8/11 the pair coupled looks about right and it’s a no play race for me.
3.45 Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)
Close on three-quarters of a million for the winner.
There are good vibes concerning Jack Hobbs who is a previously noted horse. Last year’s Irish Derby winner returns after a five and a half month lay-off.
Almanzor has already beaten Arc winner Found and is a worthy favourite.
Jack Hobbs 10/1
4.25 Balmoral Handicap (CLASS 2)
Wide open high class handicap where top weight GM Hopkins can figure on a course he habitually runs well at. Currently heads the market at a best priced 8/1.
A great day of racing, which I hope you enjoy.