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Well this is it…. The end of the 2021 Flat season… Champions Day at Ascot.
The Jockey’s title is still up for grabs along with the Trainers Championship…
Who will be victorious?
Murphy V Buick… Winner takes all…
Trueshan V Stradivarius
Will there be Snowfall at Ascot again?
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes looks a classic in the Making..
Will Mishriff revenge Adayar defeat OR will Addyebb retain his Crown?
So many questions that will be answered…
There is racing away from Ascot too…
3.20 Market Rasen Symphony Group Prelude Handicap Chase over 2m 5f 88y
Selection – Casablanca Mix – 9 year old Mare Out of Shirocco and Latitude, has had 28 races winning 9 times and placing on a further 9 separate occasions. The wins have came on mostly good to soft ground although has won on Heavy back in 2015 and 2016. Last win came on the 7th of December 2019 at Aintree when beating Holly Flight by 15 lengths in the Class 1 Listed Houghton Mares Chase over 2m 3f 200y on Good to Soft Ground. Only ran 3 times last season finishing 2nd at Chepstow and Market Rasen before finishing 4th at Doncaster on latest start. Has won off this mark previously and should be thereabouts again today, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Senior Citizen who has a similar profile.
1:25 – Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) – Selection: Hamish
This looks to be one of the strongest ever renewals of this 2m contest, now in it’s tenth year. Whilst Trueshan & Stradivarius slugged it out in the Parisian mud two weeks ago, Hamish has been kept fresh for this race and that could be key. William Haggas’ charge is very lightly raced for a 5yo, with just 8 races under his belt. Hamish brings some smart form to the table, notably a victory over Hukum in the 12F September Stakes last time out. The step up to 2m is an obvious question mark but it could well bring out improvement in Hamish who is a winner at a good level over 1m 6f. I also just think with some of rivals today perhaps feeling the effects of a long season he might well be worth chancing today on ground that he favours. He is as fresh as a daisy for this task.
3:50 – Qipco British Champion Stakes (G1) – Selection: Mishriff
Defending Champion Addeybb has a lot on his plate if he is to retain his crown as Derby winner Adayar and Juddmonte winner Mishriff pose big threats. Over 10F a trip Mishriff has been deadly at this season, I fancy him to overturn that King George form with Adayar. The ground staying relatively solid (good to soft) is ok for John & Thady Gosden’s superstar. Adayar has only had 13 days to recover since a hard fought 4th place finish in the Arc and this trip is more in favour of Mishriff, but I still expect a big run from Charlie Appleby’s 3yo, while I feel the ground isn’t soft enough for Addeybb. Mishriff is a worthy favourite and if he brings his A game, like he did at York last time out when demolishing the field then he holds big claims.
4:30 – Qipco Balmoral Handicap – Selection: Raise You (Each Way)
The lucky last on Champions Day sees a field of 20 go to post for this mile contest. The betting suggests the bottom weight Sunray Major could be a good thing so I am looking for each way potential. At 14/1 Raise You a Joseph O’Brien trained son of Lope De Vega makes some appeal. Raise You is a 3 timer winner from 12 races and has got some decent form at Handicap level, including a solid 5th at the Galway Festival last time out and a good win in a competitive Curragh heat back in April. He goes well fresh and will relish a fast gallop today. The ground holds no fears and judging by his Galway finishing effort then Ascot’s stiff finish will suit well. I am hoping Raise You can go well at a good each way price. He ticks plenty of boxes. Another horse I like is Symbolize, who I feel is too big a price.
2.00 Champion Sprint Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 6f…
Creative Force – Dubawi X Choose Me 3yo gelding.
Winner of his first 4 races of 2021 including the 6f Group 3 Jersey Stakes at this course in June.
Runner up to Starman in the Group 1 6f July Cup at Newmarket on July 10th & a neck 2nd to Kinross at Goodwood in the Lennox Stakes on July 27th.
Last seen on September 4th at Haydock, when finishing 6th of 11in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock – Each Way
2.10 Handicap Hurdle – Class 3 – 3yo Plus – 2m 4f 139yds
Martello Sky – Martaline X Kentucky Sky 5yo Mare.
Last seen winning the Listed Novice Mares’ hurdle at Cheltenham in April by 2 & 3/4 lengths having finished 8th in the Grade 2 Dawn Run Novice Mares’ hurdle at the Festival a month previously..
Winner of 3 from 4 hurdle starts & begins her 2021/22 season today..
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