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British Champions Day 2017 Tips

It is Champions Day 2017 at Ascot and we have tips for you in every race – with all of the action televised live on ITV from 1pm until 5pm today.

Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup     

The star studded card kicks off with the Long Distance Cup, where Order Of St George, who finished fourth in the Arc recently, looks a very worthy favourite.

He should cope with conditions better than his main rival, Big Orange, and if he is over his Chantilly exertions he will be very hard to beat.

He’s not a great price, though, so we’d suggest taking him on with DURETTO and DESERT SKYLINE.

Duretto comes here a fresh horse having had only two starts so far this campaign. He loves soft ground and he could find the necessary improvement now stepped up in trip.

The three year old, Desert Skyline, is also improving fast and David Elsworth’s yard couldn’t be in better form. If he copes with the ground he may step forward again and claim a place at least.

Duretto (ew)1.25 Ascot10/1Bet365
Desert Skyline (ew)1.25 Ascot12/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes     

From the stayers, attention turns to the sprinters in the Champions Sprint Stakes, where we have another short price favourite in Harry Angel.

He proved he could handle the ground when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup last time out, but he doesn’t have as much winning experience on it as QUIET REFLECTION and we think she represents better value. She bounced back to form last time out and has won here before.

Of those at double figure prices we like Librisa Breeze & DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT.

Both stay further and are likely to being doing their best work at the death, so an end to end gallop would suit. Slight preference is for Donjuan Triumphant as he may handle conditions better, especially if the forecast showers hit the Berkshire track.

Quiet Reflection (ew)2.00 Ascot7/1Bet365
Donjuan Triumphant (ew)2.00 Ascot33/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes     

In the Fillies and Mares Stakes we fancy another Andrew Balding runner, HORSEPLAY. She ran okay in the Oaks and may have benefited from a mid-summer break. She won very impressively on soft ground this time last season.

At similar odds, don’t rule out LEFT HAND who has blinkers for the first time today.

Horseplay (ew)2.40 Ascot12/1Bet365
Left Hand (ew)2.40 Ascot16/1Bet365

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes     

It could be a good day for the Balding yard as BEAT THE BANK looks the one to be on in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He is in flying form at the moment and loves the ground. Hopefully, this won’t be one race too many.

It certainly shouldn’t be for AL WUKAIR as he has been lightly campaigned since finishing third in the 2,000 Guineas. The first time cheekpieces should help him to focus and he looked an improved horse when winning at Deauville last time out.

Paddy Power are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

Beat The Bank (ew)3.15 Ascot11/2Paddy Power
Al Wukair (ew)3.15 Ascot13/2Paddy Power

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Qipco Champion Stakes      

The day’s big race is the Champion Stakes and we can’t look beyond CRACKSMAN.

Gosden and Dettori are the combination to follow in big races these days and Cracksman missed the Arc to come here a fresh horse. He handles give under foot and should have enough pace to cope with the drop back to a mile and a quarter. His yard seems bullish about his chances.

Poets Word looks the big danger.

Cracksman (win)3.50 Ascot9/4Unibet

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Balmoral Handicap     

The meeting closes with a competitive handicap, which could easily be turned into a rout by either Zabeel Prince or LORD GLITTERS.

Of the pair, we prefer the latter as he really caught the eye when an unlucky second over 7f here last time out. He has a low draw so we should also back something drawn on the other side and if there is a strong early pace EDDYSTONE ROCK could outrun his big price. He’s been running well in big field handicaps all year.

Finally, back another Elsworth runner, SPECULATIVE BID, in the hope that he can avoid the bounce factor. He had been off the track for an age before finishing 7th behind Lord Glitters on his comeback. He won on heavy as a three year old and looks to be on an attractive mark.

Bet365 are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.

Lord Glitters (win)4.30 Ascot7/2Bet365
Eddystone Rock (ew)4.30 Ascot40/1Bet365
Speculative Bid (ew)4.30 Ascot16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change