SUNDAY WEEKENDER

SUNDAY WEEKENDER

14:40 Kempton
Bach De Clermont was a fairly expensive purchase from the point to point ranks and makes his chasing debut under rules for an in form yard today. Already a winner over timber he managed to run the useful Banditry to a couple of lengths at Southwell last time, given normal improvement and bearing in mind he’s bred for chasing, all things point to a good run. Movie Legend won at Market Rasen last time and is a threat on that score, his 5lbs penalty makes this a little tougher but experience often pays at this time of year. Bad Boy Du Polder, Siruh Du Lac and Volt Face make some appeal of the rest but Bach De Clermont gets the verdict.
Bach De Clermont (WIN) – NAP

16:40 Southwell
This looks tricky as quite a few of these excel around here, perhaps none more so than Piazon, who looks almost certain to go off favourite having never been outside the top two. Despite now being six it is unlikely connections have bottomed him out as yet and with a capable seven pounds claimer on top today, his chance must be strong. Treaty Of Rome has recorded all three of his wins here and is pretty consistent, well drawn and likely to get a strong pace to aim at, he is handed a speculative each way selection should the price allow. Top weight Musharrif is no forlorn hope on recent evidence and Lucky Beggar makes some appeal given the opposition he faces today, the rest winning would be something of an upset.
Treaty Of Rome (E/W)

TV TIPS (SATURDAY)

TV TIPS (SATURDAY)

13.25 Ascot
An unbelievable day of top class racing on Qipco Champions Day begins with a mouthwatering Group 1 rematch between Order of St George and Big Orange in the Long Distance Cup.
The latter came out on top the last time the pair met over the longer 2m4f trip in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in what proved to be an epic encounter where the Michael Bell trained hero clung on at the line as Ryan Moore failed with a dramatic late surge.
The rematch promises to be every bit as dramatic with very little between the pair based on that running. Order of St George has been in terrific form since that defeat winning a Group 3 and a Group 1 before a creditable fourth in the Arc last time out and that form is enough to give him the edge here today, so he gets the nod to take his revenge on Big Orange.
Of the rest of the field, Stradivarius can fill the places after a decent campaign also.
ORDER OF ST GEORGE (WIN)

14.00 Ascot
The Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes Sprint then sees the fastest horses in the country take centre stage.
James Fanshawe’s superstar The Tin Man was successful in this race 12 months ago, but he may be up against it to repeat the feat today with some top class younger speedsters making the step up to take on their elders.
Godolphin purchased Harry Angel mid-season and what a wise decision it proved to be when he went on to land back to back Group 1s in the July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup. The Dark Angel colt could not have been anymore impressive the last twice and is a worthy favourite here today, but he is worth taking on after a busy season with one horse in particular.
That horse is Harry Angel’s arch rival, Caravaggio, and the two have quite a rivalry going with one win apiece this term when going head to head. The Aiden O’Brien trained colt has a genuine excuse for his defeat in the July Cup to Harry Angel after rearing in the stalls and losing significant ground at the start of the race, but the Scat Daddy colt then disappointed followers again when putting in a shocker in France soon after. Things seemed back to normal, however, for the Ballydoyle superstar when he easily scooted home to win the Group 2 Flying Five Stakes over 5f last time out and that will have him spot on for this so he gets the confident nod.
Dangers are a plenty in such a quality field with the likes of Quiet Reflection, Tasleet and the aforementioned The Tin Man capable of pouncing if the top two fail to fire.
CARAVAGGIO (WIN) – NAP

14.40 Ascot
The Group 1 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes is next up and this year’s looks a fascinating renewal with a number of runners in with a solid chance here today. The John Gosden trained Coronet has already tasted victory over course and distance this term with an impressive win in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in the summer, but she has looked out of her depth on Group 1 company since then and may find things tough again today. Frankie Dettori has opted to ride Journey for the same connections and she was the hero of 12 months ago in this race that is back to defend her crown, but she has been out of sorts this term and nowhere near the same level of form so is overlooked here. Bateel is a fascinating contender for French trainer FH Graffard. Formerly trained in England, the 5yo mare has been rejuvenated by her switch across the English Channel and she comes here in search of a four timer. She has won a Group 3, Group 2 and then finally a Group 1 in the Vermeille Stakes at Chantilly last time when she thrashed a very good field including the reopposing pair Journey and Left Hand. She will take an awful lot of stopping back on UK shores and she is the confident selection.
Of the remainder, Hydrangea looks the main danger of the 3yos in the field and the Ballydoyle representative has some nice form in the book to suggest she could run a big race.
BATEEL (WIN)

15.15 Ascot
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes has a whole new reflection about it with the news that Ballydoyle have opted to send their superstar Churchill into battle here instead of the Champion Stakes and that could be a significant move. Ryan Moore’s ride will be right at home dropping back to a mile after sweeping all before it at the trip earlier in the season. The form of his runner up run behind Ulysses in the Juddmonte looks one of the strongest pieces of form on offer and means the dual 2000 guineas winner will take all the beating here today and gets the nod.
There is no doubt about the main danger with Richard Fahey’s stable star Ribchester representing Godolphin in the race. The talented miler is a multiple Group winner and worthy favourite for the race. He can give the selection plenty to think about, but may be vulnerable to an improving 3yo and his defeat to the reopposing Here Comes When may be proof he is not infallible.
Of the rest, the Andrew Balding trained Beat the Bank comes here searching for his sixth win in seven races, while French master Andre Fabre’s runners are always worthy of respect so Al Wukair could certainly get involved.
CHURCHILL (E/W)

15.50 Ascot
The Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes looks a really exciting renewal this year as some of this year’s most exciting 3yos get set to lock horns with the older horses over the 1m2f trip. Derby runner up Cliffs of Moher has been something of a disappointment after being pipped by tragic stablemate Wings of Eagle at Epsom and he therefore has something to find here today with the principals.
The focus instead will be on the match up between Cracksman and Barney Roy. Both are already Group 1 winners, battle hardened and will have no fears of taking on their elders again. The John Gosden trained Cracksman finished behind Cliffs of Moher in the Derby, before being pipped in the shadow of the post in the Irish equivalent. He has since won two Group 2 races with ease and looks a prime contender here, but the former rival may just have the edge today.
Godolphin’s Barney Roy has had a much harder route and the form of some of his efforts in defeat probably rate higher than the winning efforts of his rivals. Two runs behind the prolific Group 1 scorer Ulysses as well as his many battles with Churchill will stand him in good stead for this today and he gets the nod to add the Champion Stakes to his Group 1 tally.
Of the remainder, Ballydoyle will have high hopes for their own prolific Group 1 star Highland Reel and he is most likely to pounce should the principals fail.
BARNEY ROY (E/W)

16.30 Ascot
The tricky looking Balmoral Handicap completes the live coverage on Champions Day. The impressive and progressive Zabeel Prince, trained by Roger Varian, is a worthy favourite here for this one after a demolition job of the field in his last race as he landed the hat trick last time out and the exciting 4yo shows no signs of stopping despite another 6lb penalty today. The yard have been very shrewd with their placing of the horse and he is the obvious pick to land the spoils again today for the four timer.
Richard Hannon’s The Grape Escape rates as the main danger and won last time out in equally impressive fashion to land a double. He comes here seeking a hat trick also with a 6lb penalty to deal with, but the trainer of the selection will know what to expect after running the Hannon horse close with another of his horses two runs back.
At a bigger price, it would be no surprise to see Lincoln runner up Oh This Is Us run a big race at double figure odds. He has the assistance of Ryan Moore here today and has some nice pieces of form under his belt already this term.
ZABEEL PRINCE (WIN)

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (FRIDAY)

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (FRIDAY)

16:55 REDCAR
A tricky day of action with the flat season winding down and the national hunt season beginning, but this competitive looking amateur lady riders race could potentially contain one of the bets of the day.
The Iain Jardine yard are synonymous with rejuvenating horses who have other wise lost their way in the game and the 4yo Restive looks one who may just fit the bill. The Rip Van Winkle gelding has run well to show plenty of positive signs placing in two of his last three starts. There was a lot to like about his second on the all weather at Newcastle last time out and if building upon that, may just have found a nice opportunity here with the talented Sarah Brotherton booked for the ride here today so he gets the confident nod.
Katie Walsh is the eye catching booking on Relevant for the in-form Karl Burke team and the unexposed 3yo filly rates the main danger to the selection.
RESTIVE (WIN) – NAP

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (THURSDAY)

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (THURSDAY)

17:45 Newcastle
This might not take much winning and a chance is going to be taken on Airton bouncing back to some sort of form at his favourite track. Disappointing the last twice he comes with clear risks attached but his like for it around here and his likely decent odds offer hope. Lopes Dancer is another who likes it here and another who merits attention, up five pounds for a recent gritty success here, he looks a likely player. Chancery is now on a very tempting mark but he continues to disappoint though the likes of Eldritch, Maghfoor and Globetrotter want respecting.
AIRTON (E/W)

19:15 Newcastle
Mabo has been a bitter disappointment since showing clear signs of promise on debut though he ran well enough last time to be considered and it has to be taken as a positive that Fahey has persisted with him. W G Grace won on his only outing on the artificial surfaces to date and this represents a much easier task than he’s been facing of late, from the yard of Mark Johnston you cant help but respect his chances although conceding weight all round could be tricky. Just For Fun is another from the Fahey stable and another with clear claims back down in class, all things considered however Mabo gets the verdict having threatened the last day.
MABO (WIN) – NAP

RACE PREVIEW & TIP (WEDNESDAY)

RACE PREVIEW & TIP (WEDNESDAY)

13:50 Lingfield
This may be a big enough field but the task at hand looks an easy one for Sulafaat. An impressive all-weather victor at Newcastle looks decent form and despite a significant rise in weight has the potential to make it consecutive victories in what looks a weaker race.
If Sardenya improves for the addition of blinkers she may pose a threat and at a bigger price Retained could also go close. This being said however the favourite looks more than worthy of his spot at the head of the market and should take all the beating.
SULAFAAT (WIN)

17:15 Nottingham
A seventeen runner handicap might not be the most likely race to find a bet of the day but that’s exactly where ours lies in the last race at Nottingham.
With so many runners it looks vastly competitive but we’re hoping a former course and distance winner can claim victory at this venue once again.
Three year old Awesome Allan has a 50% strike rate here at Nottingham having won here list time last season. His last four runs have been painfully disappointing but they were all over seven furlongs so a return to five today is a huge positive. He now resides off a much lower weight than when last claiming victory and with the expected down pour likely to soften the ground further conditions should also play into his strengths to expect a bold showing.
Fellow course and distance winners Ambitious Icarus and Lady Joanna Vassa are likely players as are Wotadoll and Twentysvnthlancers who also look like rivals worth noting.
AWESOME ALLAN (WIN) – NAP

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (TUESDAY)

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (TUESDAY)

15:30 Leicester
Just Glamorous beat Mirza by two lengths in a listed race at Ascot but Mirza re-opposes with a 7lbs swing in the weights and is just 1lbs higher than when winning this race last year. He hasn’t been beaten far in higher grades than this in recent outings and has an excellent career winning strike rate over the minimum trip so should be able to account for Just Glamorous and other main rivals Soie D’Leau and Jumira Bridge.
Mirza (WIN)

17:45 Kempton
Franny Norton is unbeaten in three when riding Foxy Forever but all victories have come in lower grades than today and the seven year old has looked held off his current mark in recent runs.
Bottom weight Gorgeous Noora won an eventful race at Wolves by six lengths in 2016, on only her second start, but wasn’t seen again until last month when finishing a lacklustre tenth of twelve. A return to the all-weather should bring about improvement but the drop back in trip is a concern considering she did her best work in the final furlong when winning at Wolves.
Alsvinder won well at Chelmsford last time out, winning the battle with stablemate Rock Of America and finishing over four lengths clear of the rest of the field so should be more than capable of defying his new mark and further enhance his all-weather record today.
Alsvinder (WIN) – NAP

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (MONDAY)

RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (MONDAY)

16:10 Yarmouth
Silvestre De Sousa is all but named as this season’s champion flat jockey and as such any horse he climbs aboard has to be respected. He’s set to ride King Kevin in this race and after the edition of headgear seemed to bring about improvement last time we hope his progress continues. Ed Dunlop’s runner is pretty lightly raced so it’s not out of the question that he’ll up his game and hopefully find his first victory.
Top weight Rock On Dandy should prefer a return to turf and Dixon looks to improve on a decent all weather effort so look likely contenders.
KING KEVIN (WIN) – NAP

16:55 Musselburgh
The penultimate race on the card in Scotland looks to have unearthed a runner well worth noting. The Iain Jardine trained, course and distance winner, Lucky Violet put in a lacklustre effort on her seasonal reappearance but there’s no doubt she’ll be much fitter for that run. After winning a Class 4 handicap two starts back it’s interesting to note she now lines up in a lower grade race. Yes she’s still got a hefty weight to carry but against this poorer level of opposition she could go very close at a big price.
Honourable mentions go to the likely favourite Art Echo and the two runners from Keith Dalgleish’s yard Forever A Lady and Inglorious, all of which demand respect.
LUCKY VIOLET (E/W)