Betting Preview: 2020 Qipco British Champions Day Races
This week we said goodbye to one of the most loved horses in training, after it was revealed that Enable would be retiring from the sport that she had dominated throughout her career. However, this weekend, the action turns back to the track, and there is a huge day of racing from Ascot as Qipco British Champions Day will be live on ITV.
13:55 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stake
It is Group 1 action all the way on ITV this Saturday, and that will get underway with the British Champions Sprint Stakes. This race will be open to horses aged three and over and is run over six furlongs. Previous winners of the race include The Tin Man, Sands Of Mali and Muhaarar.
Dream Of Dreams will head the betting for the race after winning on his last two starts. The most recent of these was the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock in early September, where he held off Glen Shiel. One Master and Oxted also come into the race having won recently, with One Master winning the Qatar Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.
The most intriguing of the horses at the top of the betting is three-year-old Starman, who has won all three career starts. This will be the first step up to Group 1 action, but we expect big things.
14:30 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stake
The action continues with the British Champions Fillies & Mares stakes, which will be open to horses aged three and over. The field will run one mile and three furlongs, and there have been some noteworthy winners of this race in the past. Among the previous winners are Crystal Capella, Journey and Star Catcher. Magical will also be looking to make history in this race this year by becoming only the third horse to win this race on two occasions.
The decision made by Aidan O’Brien will have a huge bearing on which direction this race will go in. Magical has entries for this race and the Champion Stakes, but it’s likely that the trainer will instead opt for the latter.
Wonderful Tonight will be the market leader, but Antonia De Vega’s price will certainly shorten the closer we get to Saturday. She has won both previous starts, with these wins coming at Pontefact and Newmarket. She is one of the horses that we expect to run well, but her Ascot form isn’t the best. Frankly Darling is one of those that has form at this course, as she won the Ribblesdale Stakes at the royal meeting.
15:05: Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The next race will be the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which will be open to horses aged three and older. It will be run over one mile, and previous winners of the race include Roaring Lion, Desert Prince and the immortal Frankel.
This should be one of the most open races during Champions Day, as there are four great horses in contention. Palace Pier will be the favourite as the three-year-old has won all three starts this season. That includes success at Ascot in St James’s Palace Stakes in June.
It’s hard to look past the favourite, but Kameko could have a chance if the three-year-old can rediscover its form from Newmarket at the end of September. On that occasion, it won the Shadwell Joel Stakes against Regal Reality.
15:40: Qipco Champion Stakes
The biggest race of the day will take place at 15:40 as the Qipco Champion Stakes takes place. Horses that are at least three-years-old will be able to compete in this race, and it is run over one mile and two furlongs. This race has been won by some famous horses throughout its history, including Frankel, Cracksman and Nayef.
Magical will be at the top of the betting for the race, and it’s incredibly hard to look past the winner from last year. This five-year-old has been in excellent form this season, as it has won three from four starts. The only blip on Magical’s record came in the International Stakes at York where it was beaten by Ghaiyyath. However, Magical returned to form excellently last month by winning the Irish Champion Stakes.
Magical is the standout horse in the field, but Mishriff and Addeybb have both enjoyed fantastic seasons and could upset the form book. Mishriff has won its last three, while Addeybb has won three from four this season. However, the preference remains for Magical to get the win for trainer Aidan O’Brien.