QIPCO CHAMPIONS DAY ASCOT… STARS OF THE SEASON TO FACE OFF!!!…

QIPCO CHAMPIONS DAY ASCOT… STARS OF THE SEASON TO FACE OFF!!!…

The sky might be starting to turn grey and dull as we enter into Autumn and the flat season draws to a close however Horse racing lovers are sure to be brightened up when they see what is on offer this Saturday afternoon for the Qipco Champions Day at Ascot.

Champions day was formed in 2011 as part of the Champion Series to showcase the best horses in their respective division to line up for a showcase event to take each other on one final time before the season closes.

Without a doubt, Champions Day is now starting to establish itself as an elite event on the racing calendar and we have the great Frankel to thank for that, as the trendsetter for the likes of Cracksman and Roaring Lion and many more big star names that followed in his footsteps after the unbeaten colt added to his illustrious career landing Queen Elizabeth II Stakes the in the inaugural event in 2011 and adding to that in 2012.

 

The concept of Champions Day has over the past few years divided opinion, on one hand, it offers the chance for the best horses in their division to go head to head one last time that will see class horses in Stella line ups that make it mouth-watering for the racing media and punters.

On the other hand, where Champions Day has come in for criticism is the fact that the event comes at the end of a very long and hard season for some, and because of the meeting taking place in October conditions are more than likely on the softer side if not heavy, so we can find some of the line up having already peaked earlier in the season and not finding their optimum conditions to run on but the lure of the prize money and prestige is enough to attract… but that’s racing!!!, so trainers must target Champions Day races with all this in mind.

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Who we can expect to take to the track…?

 

STRADIVARIUS…

This season wins…

-Ascot Gold cup

-Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes

A prolific winner and back to his much-loved trip of 2m but will need to get over the disappointment of his run in the Arc, but excuses can be made for that run as many didn’t fire on the heavy going and dropping back in trip that day did not suit this class Chestnut from Sea the Stars. A big run expected if he can overcome his exertions from his recent Arc run and a quick turnaround.

 

 

MAGICAL…

 

This season wins…

-Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes

-Tattersalls Gold Cup

-Irish Champion Stakes

 

 

This 1m 2f/3f specialist has had to play second fiddle to Enable on a few starts, but this mare has always been a hot competitor and showed true grit in all her runs.

Most recently she put Ghaiyyath to sleep when winning and running a cracker in the Irish Champion Stakes. Most of her best runs have come on good ground so interesting to see if she will handle softer than ideal conditions.

 

 

DREAM OF DREAMS…

 

This season wins…

-Unibet Hungerford Stakes

-Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes

 

There has always been a class sprinter here in Dream of Dreams but somehow he has managed to hit the crossbar more often than not however the tide has changed and winning performances have finally come back to back. Now in the hands of Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, the pair have struck up an excellent partnership making it two from two and Oisin now seems to have brought out the best in this 6-year-old with two perfectly timed runs. There looks like more to come but will have to face soft ground lover One Master and Darley July Cup Stakes winner Oxted.

 

PALACE PIER…

 

This season wins…

-Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap

-St James’s Palace Stakes

-Prix du Haras de Fresney-le-Buffard – Jacques le Marois

 

Unbeaten so far in his career Palace Pier has been a revolution for connections and will look like a hot property to continue that unbeaten record when taking on the straight mile at Ascot on Saturday. Having beaten Pinatubo who has now been retired to stud in the St James’s Palace Stakes he followed this up with an impressive win pulling away at Deauville on the bottomless ground leaving Alpine Star, Circus Maximus, and Persian King in his wake.

Looks a class act and a big run is expected as he will head the market.

 

 

MISHRIFF…

 

This season wins…

-Betfair Exchange Free Bet Streak Newmarket Stakes

-Prix Du Jockey Club

-Prix Guillaume D’ornano Stakes

 

Four starts bringing three successive wins this term for John Gosden’s 3-year-old-colt, and he looks the biggest threat to Magical on Saturday as recent wins have come in very testing conditions. His last two starts have taken place in France where he has beaten The Summit twice and had Victor Ludorum back in third, now proving to be a middle-distance specialist Mishriff will look to end on a high for connections when lines up for the Champions Stakes in a strong field pitching against the likes of Magical, Lord North, Benbatl, and Irish raiders Mogul and Patrick Sarsfield.

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One big star that will not be lining up this Saturday will be the 2000 Guineas Stakes winner KAMEKO, with growing concerns over the ground being too soft he will not take on the challenge of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Palace Pier it was announced on Wednesday.

 

KAMEKO will now switch attention to an American assault on the Breeders Cup meeting.

 

Hope you enjoy some top-class action this weekend and tune in before Saturday to get all my tips and analysis for every race of Champions Day…

 

All the best,

 

Bigfoot

Twitter @BigfootAburn

 

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