Ascot Saturday racing tips – Qipco British Champions Day best bets
Ascot Saturday racing tips on Champions Day
The richest raceday of the UK racing calendar swings into action on Saturday with Qipco British Champions Day where a stellar racecard awaits punters. Our tipping team has looked over the six-race card to pick out their Ascot Saturday racing tips and best bets on an unmissable racecard.
It is the richest raceday in the UK flat racing calendar and Qipco British Champions Day descends on Ascot on Saturday with a six-race card featuring four Group One races ans some of the biggest equine stars around will come together for an unmissable afternoon of racing action.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance again for the British Champions Day meeting and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action where all six races on the card will be shown live.
Our tipping team has also looked over the Saturday six-race card and have picked out their Ascot Saturday racing tips and best bets for the day’s top-class racecard.
ASCOT SATURDAY RACING TIPS – QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY BEST BETS
1:25 Ascot- Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m
TRUESHAN readily saw off Stradivarius to land the Prix Du Cadran two weeks ago and Alan King’s charge is likely to prove tough to beat again here despite conditions unlikely to be as extreme as they were in France.
The Planteur gelding developed into a top-class stayer last term, culminating in him taking this prize twelve months ago by seven lengths and after a couple of good runs in defeat where he had excuses both times he now arrives here looking for a hat-trick.
Runner-up over an inadequate trip at Chester and running well in sixth under a welter-burden in the Northumberland Plate he has since won the Goodwood Cup and landed that French victory by four lengths from John Gosden’s star stayer whose powers might be on the decline now.
The softer the better for Alan King’s charge so he won’t want the ground to dry out too much; but assuming the ground remains on the soft side then he rates the one to beat here.
2:00 Ascot – Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
This actually looks fairly weak for a Group One with no real standout candidate; it might be worth chancing CREATIVE FORCE then to get back on the scoresheet and Charlie Appleby’s charge can go well having had a break.
Progressive in the first half of the season where he won four times including the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs here, he has run well in defeat in all starts since including a very good fifth in the July Cup where the ground was perhaps just a shade too quick for him given he’s shown his best winning form on a softer surface.
He was only beaten a neck by Kinross in the Lennox Stakes and ran better than the bare result back at six furlongs in the Haydock Sprint Cup although again perhaps undone by the quicker ground there.
The softer ground here will surely prove more in his favour and he’s not one to write off back at this venue where he’s won before so no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again under William Buick.
2:35 Ascot – Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
This ought to be all about SNOWFALL and whether Aidan O’Brien’s charge can resume winning ways having ran a shade below par when last seen finishing sixth in the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe.
The Deep Impact filly had gone from strength to strength in the first half of the season, winning four times which included the English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks treble with little fuss where she had an aggregate 28 lengths’ winning margin across those three contests.
She met with a surprising defeat behind Teona in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September, beaten just over one length and her Arc sixth latest saw her beaten a shade under five lengths by Torquator Tasso who produced a shock win over a strong field.
Despite that defeat a repeat of that effort may be enough here to see her back on the scoresheet with underfoot conditions no issue and back against her own sex she is likely to prove a tough nut to crack assuming this doesn’t come too quick in the wake of her French exploits.
3:10 Ascot – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Mile) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Palace Pier suffered his only career defeat to date in this race twelve months ago, while unbeaten Baeed took another forward step when landing a first Group One at Longchamp in September.
Both are to be feared along with last season’s winner The Revenant who is working back to form although ALCOHOL FREE might be the one to side with having looked stretched by ten furlongs in the Juddmonte International at York and Andrew Balding’s charge can bounce back returned to his optimum distance.
The No Nay Never filly has won three times this term, taking the Group One Coronation Stakes in good style during Royal Ascot and bouncing back from defeat in the Falmouth Stakes to resume winning ways at Goodwood where she showed a good turn of foot to get the better of Poetic Flare in the Sussex Stakes.
She had travelled well for a long way at York when last seen before her stamina gave out and she faded behind Mishriff, eventually beating only one home; but she’s better than that and proven at this level and she can show her best back over this trip which will be more in her favour.
With conditions underfoot also no issue she is dangerous to discount in a cracking contest and there’d be no surprise if she were to cause a minor upset in coming out on top here with much more in her favour than was the case last time out.
3:50 Ascot- Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
With Adayar having had quite a hard race in the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe two weeks ago it might pay to side with MISHRIFF who had found only the Godolphin runner too strong in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes here in July before romping home by six lengths back at this distance in the Juddmonte International.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge had won three times last term including a French Group One contest before getting bogged down in the mud in this race twelve months ago; he then went to the Emirates where he won both starts including the Sheema Classic and the Make Believe colt might have needed his reappearance in the Coral Eclipse where he travelled well turning in before not quite coming up the Sandown hill as strongly as the winner St Mark’s Basilica with the staying-on Addeybb grabbing second.
There was no disgrace in finishing second to Adayar here in July where he was giving the Derby winner 11lbs, but there should be less of a gap between them this time with only 4lbs separating the pair and the Gosden runner should close the gap over this shorter trip where he can come out on top this time.
4:30 Ascot – Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
NUGGET doesn’t have the best of the draw but he looks one who is very much on the up and Richard Hannon’s charge can make his presence felt here with further improvement anticipated.
The Siyouni colt was a dual-winner last term from four starts and he’s continued in good fettle this term, winning at Newbury in April and returning from five months off to land a second win of the campaign at Haydock last month, beating Afaak by a neck and finding plenty for pressure.
That bare form will need improving upon in a very competitive contest but he’s lightly raced and surely has better still to come. He’s only up 3lbs for that last success and with Ryan Moore booked he can make his presence felt if able to overcome being drawn towards the low end of the field although the likely strong pace will help in that regard.
He’s still relatively unexposed and with the potential to improve further he looks worth chancing to play a big part in this contest.