Ascot hosts ‘Champions’ Day’ this afternoon, with the whole meeting covered by ITV and speculation has reached fever pitch as to whether John Gosden can land four Group prizes on the same day.
Just about everyone and his brother will be putting on the yankee in anticipation of a big payday, but history has it that something always comes to the rescue of the bookmakers and the prices undoubtedly take the expected plunge into account.
The two of the big four which look well nigh unbeatable are Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup at 1.25 and Cracksman in the Champion Stakes at 3.50.
At even money and 5-6 respectively, the double pays just over 5-2 and we suggest doing just that.
The Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at 2.40 sees Lah Ti Dar installed as the 6-4 favourite, after finishing second in the St Leger behind Kew Gardens, which went on to run like a drain in The Arc.
We will oppose this yound lady with an each way bet on Andre Fabre‘s 4-y-o Kitesurf at 11-2.
A Group 1 winner last time out at Longchamp, and at home on a soft surface, this consistent filly should give it her best shot under Mickael Barzalona.
The other Gosden trained favourite we will oppose is Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at 3.15. Dropping right back in trip and encountering testing conditions for the first time, this is surely bad value at 9-4.
Once again we cross the Channel for our selection and plump for an each way bet on Recoletos, which is offered at 9-2. This 4-y-o pitched up for this meeting last year, only for the BHA to take a blood sample just two hours before the race, which, to say the least, was unhelpful. In full bloom after nabbing a Group 1 in La France last time out, he will take the beating under Olivier Peslier.
The British Champions Sprint Stakes at 2.00 is a classic ‘who’s turn is it today?’ race and our trusty pin has landed on Harry Angel to show he is no back number. Have an each way bet at 6-1.
That just leaves the ‘impossible’ handicap at 4.30, with 20 runners careering down the straight mile. We’ll go two against the field, with each way bets suggested on Mitchum Swagger at 12-1 and Hathal at 25-1.
C’est tout, mes amis.
Stadivarius 1.25 Ascot &
Cracksman 3.50 Ascot
Win double at 5-2
Kitesurf 2.40 Ascot e/w @ 11-2
Recoletos 3.15 Ascot e/w @ 4-1 (4 places)
Harry Angel 2.00 Ascot e/w @ 6-1
Mitchum Swagger 4.30 Ascot e/w @ 12-1 (5 places)
Hathal 4.30 Ascot e/w @ 25-1 (5 places)