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Here we are, the end of the Flat season, today we crown the Champion Jockeys, both professional & apprentice & we send our congratulations in advance. We would also like to congratulate Hollie Doyle. who has broken her own record for the most wins in a season for a female jockey.
Hollie is a fantastic jockey in her own right & deserves every plaudit that comes her way & it is richly deserved. It won’t be long before she is the Champion Jockey!
We are delighted to have Jamie & Chris Price back with us today, so it is a veritable full house with Charlie & Rich in attendance too… So let’s get cracking!
The going at Ascot is ( Not Allowed )
Charlie – Market Rasen
2.46 – Hooper – Out of Rip Van Winkle and Earth Amber – has had just the 2 runs so far beginning with a 6th place finish at Huntingdon behind winner Ocean Wind in a National Hunt flat race over 1m 5f and 148y on the 12th November last year. Was off track for 10 months and had wind op before making reappearance at Stratford on the 5th September this year, in another National Hunt Flat race over 2m and 70y. Hooper won beating Luttrell Lad by 2 lengths with Stratton Oakmont a further 8 lengths adrift in 3rd. Hooper is making hurdles debut for Nicky Henderson and is in good hands, has Nico doing the steering and should make a good hurdler, hopefully today’s race is a successful one with bigger targets further down the line. Main danger comes in the shape of Copperless who finished 2nd over hurdles at Perth last time out.
3.21 – Palladium -Won at Sandown on the 4th January this year when beating Brambledown by 11 lengths over 1m 7f and 216y. Returned to Sandown on the 1st February to race in the Betway Novices Hurdle over 1m 7f and 216y and won again beating Flic Ou VoYou by 10 lengths with The Newest One a further 18 lengths adrift in 3rd. Was sent to Cheltenham in March to run in the Fred Winter and was pulled up, that could be forgiven as had been in good shape prior to that race at Cheltenham and is taken to get back in the winners enclosure.
4.31– Red Risk – Was 3rd at Hereford on the 3rd of January behind winner Dame Du Soir over 2m 8y. Was then sent to Ludlow on the 27th February and won beating Golden Whisky by 11 lengths with Truckin Away a further 1 and 1/4 length adrift in 3rd, that was over 2m 4f 11y. Is now 9lbs heavier and although that seems excessive still can’t be discounted as Nicholls has a knack of getting the best out of his runner’s, biggest threat comes in the shape of Court Master who also won last time out.
1.20 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup
All eyes will be on Stradivarius in the opener, the triple Gold cup winner is the clear pick on ratings, but has been beaten in this race twice before and this year arrives here after a trip to Paris just 13 days ago. I’ll go for one at a slightly bigger price in FUJAIRA PRINCE. Winner of a soft ground Ebor before a solid 2nd in the Irish St Leger last time out on good ground. With conditions expected to be much different here I’m willing to chance that the form with Search For A Song can be reversed. Fujaira Prince looks a solid each-way bet at the current prices.
1.55 Qipco British Champions Sprint
Just like the previous race, I’ll be avoiding the favourite who’s suffered 2 defeats in this contest and taking a chance on another. GLEN SHIEL has been very consistent having dropped down to sprint trips over the summer, winning 3 races and then finishing runner-up in the Sprint Cup at the top table. Conditions will be fine and could go close at a double figure price, especially with some bookies paying extra places due to the big field. For those wanting an even bigger price, SONAILYA finished just behind the selection at the Curragh before a 3rd over the minimum trip in the flying Five, this filly may not be far away and outrun her big odds.
2.30 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares
WONDERFUL TONIGHT has always been held in high regard by trainer David Menuisier, and duly landed a maiden Group 1 a fortnight ago at Longchamp over 14f.This mud lover looks to have outstanding claims here with several of her rivals either unproven on the ground, or at Group 1 level. William Buick picks up the ride and it will take a good one to beat her here, providing that the race in France hasn’t left its mark.
3.40 Qipco Champion Stakes
MAGICAL needs little introduction having won 7 Group 1’s during a glittering career, a tremendous record considering she has been running into Enable on several occasions. She reversed the form with Ghaiyyath last time out during a cracking renewal of the Irish Champion, and must take all the beating as she aims to win at this meeting for the 3rd consecutive year. Magical faces some stiff competition here, and gives 1lb to Mishriff, who rates the main danger, but i can’t get away from the Galileo mare if it comes down to a battle up the straight.
4.15 Balmoral Handicap
This competitive handicap or the ‘getting out’ stakes is the traditional end to the meeting, I go with ORBAAN to land the spoils here. A winner at York this summer, before a fair 4th over course and distance last month, where the front pair had raced handy and went clear off a slow pace. This son of Invincible Spirit will need luck and fair gallop today, but should be running on in the closing stages. Ascot lover RAISING SAND is another who could go close at a double figure price and looks to have been laid out for the race, with Saffie Osbourne taking off a valuable 7lb.
1:55 – Qipco British Champions Sprint –
Selection: One Master
A red hot renewal of the Champions Sprint headed by Dream Of Dreams who has excellent course & distance form. Despite that though I am going to take him on with the very likeable One Master, who is looking to go one better than last year. You can always rely on One Master to give you a good run for your money with form figures this season reading 641221. Pierre – Charles Boudet is once again booked for this mare and his remarkable run of big race success continued with an Arc day double, the double being clinched with a third Prix de la Foret victory for One Master. The mare is in good health and the stiff 6F at Ascot will play to her strengths. With a big field there should be plenty of pace on as she likes to come from just off the pace. I would have to rate her as my nap of the day. Solid looking chance.
3:05 – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes –
Selection: Lord Glitters (E/W)
14 go to post for the QEII with many seeing Palace Pier as the ‘banker’ of the day. I would be of the same opinion so I will look for a tasty each way punt. Lord Glitters seems to be building up towards a huge run and ground providing always goes well at Ascot over the straight mile. With the ground continuing to dry towards good to soft, on form he has a chance. So far this season it has been steady eddy with Lord Glitters, fourth behind Mohaather (Btn 4 3/4l) on his 2020 bow was a great effort. That was followed by solid results at York with two third places. Last time out though he ran very well finishing just behind Champion Stakes contender Addeybb at Ayr, that performance will have put him spot on for this tough assignment. I have a sneaky suspicion that David O’Meara has had this race in mind for Lord Glitters for a long time and will be in peak form. He has some very smart form against top class horses in the past and if the grey could recapture that form then he could snick a place at big odds.
3:40 – Qipco British Champion Stakes –
A race befitting of its name as 7 Group 1 winners go to post looking to land the big pot. While Magical faces a tough task today I still fancy Ballydoyle’s star mare to retain her Champion Stakes crown. She has been better than ever this season and she will need to be today as I rate Mishriff, Addeybb and the Derby winner Serpentine as big dangers. The form of her Irish Champion Stakes victory last time out has to be the best in the field. They went an all Ireland gallop as she shadowed and beat Ghayyaith, the highest rated horse in the world in a war of attrition; Sottsass finished fourth that day before going on to land the Arc de Triomphe three weeks later. It was a career best performance from the Galileo mare who digs very, very deep when she needs to. We know that she handles the Ascot track well and the ground is fine for her. If she runs up to that Leopardstown form then it will take a very good one to beat her.
Final Word with Rich –
I have 3 for you from Ascot….
1.20 Long Distance Cup – Group 2 – 1m 8f…..
Stradivarius – Sea the Stars x Private Life 6yo Horse.
His last 2 runs have been over 1m 4f in the Arc & Prix Foy, finishing 7th (6 & 3/4 lengths) behind Sottsaas in the Arc on October 4th & a short head runner up to Anthony Van Dyck in Prix Foy (Sept 13th) having previously recorded 2 wins in the 2m Goodwood Cup & Gold Cup here at Royal Ascot over 2m 4f, beating Nayef Road by 1 length & 10 lengths respectively.
He has run in this race 3 times, winning once. He was 3rd to Big Orange in 2017, winner in 2018 & runner up last year to Kew Gardens by a nose. That said, he is 3 from 4 on soft ground & back up in trip. The top rated horse in the race at 125 & should be hard to beat.
At the BIGGER prices I like Fujaria Prince – Pivital x Zam Zoom 6yo gelding, who was 2nd last time out in the Irish St Leger (1m 6f) by 2 lengths to Search for a Song and steps up in trip today. He won a pair of Class 2 Handicaps over 1m 6f here in June & York in August…..
1.55 Sprint Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 6f…..
Starman – Dutch Art x Northern Star 3yo Colt.
Unbeaten in 3 starts. A debut win at Lingfield over 6f in a Class 5 Maiden in July by a neck before landing a 6f Class 5 Novice Stakes at Doncaster in August. He took a huge step forward when stepping up in Grade at York on September 6th when landing the 6f Class 1 Garrowby Stakes from Dakota Gold by 1 & 3/4 lengths….
3.40 Champion Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f….
Magical – Galileo x Halfway to Heaven 5yo Mare.
Won this race last season by 3/4’s of a length from Addeybb. Started this season in fine form, winning her first 2 starts at the Curragh, both over 1m 2f before Ghaiyyath beat her by 3 lengths in the Group 1 1m 2f International at York in August.
Magical reversed the form with Ghaiyyath in the 1m 2f Irish Champion Stakes on September 12th by 3/4’s of length & she is the best mare around today.
The DANGER’S are likely to come from Mishriff, who has won 3 on the trot including the Prix Du Jockey Club & Prix Guillaume, on heavy ground. Pyledriver, who was 3rd in the St Leger at Doncaster & drops back in trip & Derby winner Serpentine….
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