Champions Day Stamina Starter
Champions Day sees the pinnacle of British flat racing coming together at Ascot on Saturday. Whilst it is only a 6 race card the prize money makes it the largest on offer in Europe.
The meeting kicks off at 1.25 with the Long Distance Cup. This sees the renewal of the 3 horses that have dominated the scene this season.
Stradivarius, Big Orange and Order of St George are likely to make up the head of the market. Big Orange has not been seen since going down by 1.75l to Stradivarius at the Goodwood Cup on the 1st August. Previously he had ran a fantastic race to defeat the well fancied Order of St George by a short head in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Order of St George comes here on the back of another creditable effort in the Arc De Triomphe. Having finished 3rd and 4th in successive seasons the question may be is this a race too far?
Stradivarius having defeated Big Orange then found Capri and Crystal Ocean too much to handle in the St Leger.
With cut in the ground expected I can see the rested Big Orange coming good again here.
Followed by the Champions Day Sprinters
Next up is the 6f Champions Sprint Stakes at 2.00pm.
This could turn into a duel between Harry Angel and Caravaggio.
Harry Angel’s only 2 defeats this season have both come at Ascot. One of those was at Royal Ascot at the hands of Caravaggio. He has a habit of getting agitated before races and needs leading down to the stalls. With the large crowds expected on Saturday his temperament could once again be called into question.
Caravaggio’s only defeat came at the hands or rather hooves of Harry Angel at Newmarket where he trailed in a disappointing 4th in the July Cup. Whilst an excuse could be made possibly for losing ground at the start on the day I think he was never in the race and Harry Angel was a worthy winner. However odds of 4/1 make him a much more viable betting proposition even EW rather than the EVS that is being bandied around about Harry Angel.
Finishing with the Champions Day Fillies and Mares Stakes
The final Champions day race we will look at for now is the joint richest fillies race in the UK. The Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes takes place at 2.40pm.
For once Aiden O’Brien does not head the market or even have the 2nd Favourite!
That honour looks likely to befall John Gosden with his two runners Journey and Coronet. They may find themselves split in the market if the predicted rain arrives though as then Bateel’s price is likely to plummet.
Of course O’Brien does have runners in this race. Rhododendron and Hydrangea are both lively contenders. Rhododendron comes here of the back of an impressive victory in Chantilly. She won the Prix De L’Opera holding off stablemate Hydrangea by a head. Lets not forget she was also the favourite for the 1000 Guineas as well before going down to a surprising defeat to stablemate Winter. At odds currently of 8/1 she is another well worth looking at for EW purposes.
Champions Day Tip
MY CHAMPIONS DAY TIP IS CARAVAGGIO EW GENERALLY AVAILABLE AT 4/1 WITH MOST BOOKMAKERS