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Champions Day, the finale of the Flat season at Ascot… We are joined by @Glen_Colt(Aka Jamie) as we bid farewell to the flat and usher in the National Hunt season….
Charlie will kick us off with Jamie the meat in the proverbial sandwich & Rich will have the Final Word…
2.35 – Present Chief – Has finished 2nd and 1st on last 2 starts at Worcester over 2m on both occasions. Makes hurdles debut for Jonjo O’Neill and can get involved here in a very open race. Main threat comes in the shape of Torrid who has finished 2nd in last 3 runs and is making 1st return since March today for the inform Easterby yard. Present Chief is currently available around the 6-1 price and is an Eachway selection.
Eachway Advised – UNPLACED
3.10 – Umndeni – Was 2nd at Wincanton over 2m 5f back in April this year. Went one better next time out at Taunton over 2m 3f in April, beating Admiral’s Sunset by 28 lengths. Umndeni is priced around the 9-2 mark, biggest danger comes in the shape of Anytime Will Do from the inform skelton yard.
Win Advised – UNPLACED
4.05 – Darlyn – Won 3 races from last 4 starts last season over 2m, will need to hit the ground running this year if wanting to continue that good form previously shown at Southwell and Uttoxeter. Darlyn is currently available around the 11-2 price biggest danger comes in the shape of Never Be Enough from the K Dalgleish yard.
Win Advised – 3rd
Jamie (Glen_Colt) –
1:35 – British Champions Sprint – Selection: Hello Youmzain
A red hot 6F sprint to open proceedings on Champions Day. I think the 3yo generation will come to the fore here and Hello Youmzain is the one I like the most. He ticks plenty of boxes, a winner on soft ground, class (as shown when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup) and he is an improving horse. He powered on through the Haydock mud very well last month and if coping with the heavy ground he holds every chance. Course winners Advertise, Cape Byron and Prix Foret winner One Master look the biggest dangers to my selection. UNPLACED
2:10 – British Champions Series Long Distance Cup – Selection: Kew Gardens
Yes, I know what your thinking, this idiot is opposing Stradivarius. It could be worthwhile though as the Champion Stayer has had a long season, while Kew Gardens is only back from a mid-season break due to a setback. I was pleased with his comeback run in the Irish St Leger when he stayed on well for second, according to Aidan O’Brien
he was just ready to start back. The Son of Galileo will improve a good deal for that run. Anybody who knows me well knows that Kew Gardens is my “cliff” horse and I think he is easily the best horse Stradivarius has ever faced. Hopefully Ascot will escape any more
4:00 – British Champion Stakes – Selection: Magical
Magical can cap off a big day for Ballydoyle by giving Aidan O’Brien a belated success in the Champion Stakes. She is the obvious choice here with her form against Enable being much the best that any horse can offer in this race. We know that she has the talent, toughness and capability to land this race. Magical is a ground versatile horse and can go on any ground, and handles cut in the ground. A few people have suggested she looked ‘legless’ in the Arc,but she was sacrificed to try, and tire out Enable in the early and
home turn part of the race for Coolmore’s number one hope in the race, Japan. If that effort hasn’t left any marks, then she is very much the horse to beat. Deirdre and Coronet look to be the main threats. The former was very unlucky in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. WINNER
Final Word with Rich –
Cheers guys & all the best to you both… I take on Champions Day…
Ascot – Straight-Heavy / Round – Good to Soft
1.35 Sprint Stakes… Group 1… 6f…
Make a Challenge… 5 wins since April rising from a rating of 68 to 111 today. Has won twice at Galway over 7f. Winner of a 5f Curragh Listed sprint by 6 lengths on September 28th before landing another Curragh Listed race, this time over 6f last time out on October 13th by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Has twice won on soft ground and now takes a big rise in class and heads over from Ireland…. UNPLACED
DANGERS…. The Tin Man, now aged 7 could well spring a surprise here having landed the Group 1 Sprint Stakes at Haydock last year & finished 3rd the previous year, both on heavy ground while Top Rated 119 Advertise landed the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over C&D in June, but the ground is an unknown….
2.10 Long Distance Cup… Group 2… 1m 7f 127yds…
Stradivarius… Runner up in this race in 2017 to Order of St George before beating Thomas Hobson in this race last season by 1 & 1/2 lengths. Has 4 wins from 5 runs at this course including the 2m 3f Gold Cup in June, when beating Dee Ex Bee by 1 length. Unbeaten in 10 starts.. A strong stayer.. RUNNER UP
DANGER… Kew Gardens…Has finished 2nd on last 3 runs in 2019 including the Coronation Cup at Epsom when 1/2 a length to Defoe before stepping up in trip to finish 2 & 1/4 lengths 2nd in the Irish St Leger at the curragh over 1m 6f….
2.45 Fillies & Mares’ Stakes… Group 1… 1m 3f 133yds….
Star Catcher… 1 defeat in 5 runs in 2019 and that was by 1/2 a length when 3rd to Queen Power in a 1m 2f Newbury Listed race back in May. Stepped up to 1m 4f & is 3 from 3. Winning the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at this course in June, the Group 1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh and last time out at Longchamp when taking the Group 1 Prix Vermeille on September 15th…. WINNER
DANGER…. Antonia De Vega… Beat Star Terms by 4 lengths in a Newbury 1m 2f Listed Abingdon Stakes having finished last in the Fillies’ Mile last October at Newmarket. Off since(128 Days) & Up in trip, goes well fresh….
3.20 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes… Group 1…. 1m…
The Reverent… Unbeaten in 6 runs, winning 3 from 3 in 2019. Landed a Group 2 in Baden-Baden(Germany) in May before taking the 1m Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Loves soft & Heavy ground. Over from France for a reason! RUNNER UP
DANGERS….. Obvious would be Top Rated 126 Benbatl, who is the Dubai Turf winner and finished 2 lengths runner up to Winx in the Cox Plate in November & made a winning seasonal return when taking the 1m Group 2 Joel Stakes by 5 lengths at Newmarket on September 27th.Finished 6th in a Haydock Group 3 in 2017 on heavy ground… While Mohaather is 3 from 4 runs with 2 wins on good to soft ground. Was last seen winning the Group 2 Greenham Stakes 7f back in April. Returns today & is up in trip….
4.05 Champion Stakes… Group 1… 1m 2f….
Magical…. Top Rated 122 having finished 5th in the Arc behind Waldgeist & Enable. Having finished behind Enable so many times this could be Magical’s time to shine. Beaten by Enable & Crystal Ocean this year & when they are not in the field she usually wins. 4 wins from 6 over 1m 2f this year, with only Enable & Crystal Ocean only defeats. She is last years Fillies & Mares’ winner when beating Coronet by 1 length…. WINNER
That is everything for you all today folks… We must say a huge thanks to everyone who has read & shared our latest BIG Interview with National Hunt Trainer Fergal O’Brien, a phenomenal response… Thanks for popping by & for your continued support….
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team