50/1 or Greater – Three Champions Day Outsiders That Can Outrun Their Odds
Ascot’s Champions Day is contested at the end of what for many horses has been a long campaign, and for that reason, shock results are not infrequent. Here at Racing Tips, we have dug deep into the Champions Day card, identifying three horses at huge odds that we feel can outrun their price on Saturday.
NANDO PARRADO – (2:00pm, Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes)
One race synonymous with a big priced winner in recent years is the British Champions Sprint. This Group 1 has been won by horses priced up at 28/1, 33/1 & 16/1 for the last three renewals, and if there is a horse capable of causing a seismic shock this year it’s NANDO PARRADO.
This son of Kodiac remains with just the single victory on his CV, that success coming (at odds of 150/1) in the Coventry Stakes over track and trip last season.
Clive Cox’s charge has since shown that effort to be no fluke, however, with second-place finishes in back-to-back French Group 1’s.
Nando Parrado has found life tough so far at 3, but he showed up well for a long way in the 7f Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on penultimate start, an effort that suggested a positive ride back at this distance may well work the oracle. Returned to the scene of his sole victory, he looks too big to ignore.
LA JOCONDE – (2:35pm, Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes)
This year’s Filles & Mares Stakes looks a competitive renewal, yet, LA JOCONDE appears to have been slightly disrespected in the market.
This impeccably bred filly has just a Roscommon maiden victory to her name from 12 starts, but she has finished a close third in both the Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille recently, suggesting that she belongs firmly at this level.
La Joconde disappointed in a Newmarket Group 3 last week, yet considering that she was unable to lead there and found the drop back to 1m2f against her, that run can be forgiven.
Back over a more suitable trip here and with a return to frontrunning tactics likely to be deployed, La Joconde rates as a value play.
OH THIS IS US – (4:30pm, Balmoral Handicap)
One of the most popular horses in training, OH THIS IS US has been seen mostly over 7f in recent starts, but both of his 2021 victories came at a mile – the first of those coming at 66/1 over this very course and distance.
Richard Hannon’s 8yo was far from disgraced off a mark of 111 when last seen in handicap company, yet he is 4lb lower here, that despite running admirably in defeat in pattern contests the last twice.
Often seen contesting stronger races than this, Oh This Is Us lacks the scope for improvement that many of these rivals possess, but that is countered by his class – with a return to anywhere near his top form surely enough to see him landing Saturday’s contest.