CHAMPIONS DAY PREVIEW

There’s no better way to close off the U.K. Flat season than with the newly designed Qipco Champions Day at Ascot. A brilliant day’s racing is in store on what should be perfect going (Good) favouring nobody.
Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 3) (3yo+) 2m (1.50 GMT)
A competitive renewal in which it could pay to oppose favourite Fame and Glory whose last two efforts over inadequate trips were way below his best. He could bounce back now upped to 2 miles and Aidan O’Brien is a past master at reviving just this type of horse but, in OPINION POLL, Godolphin has a solid challenger who is not far off the favourite on best form and who has been far more versatile and consistent
SELECTION: UBA RACE 2; #5 OPINION POLL

Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 6f (2.25 GMT)
Deacon Blues will be all the rage and has done no wrong since winning the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in the style of a Group 1 horse. Since then, he’s a perfect 3 for 3 in Group 3 races in Ireland and England and now steps up to Group 2 with everything in his favour. He’s a bit short however for a hot sprint like this especially as his style of running might find him crowded on the stands rail so he can be opposed with one of stable companion Society Rock who won the Group 1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot on the same day but in a slower time than Deacon Blues won the Wokingham (a handicap race); Dafeef , who, despite his quirks, defeated Deacon Blues at Newmarket last year and has been lightly raced since; or the brilliant French filly MOONLIGHT CLOUD who blew away Society Rock by 4l in the Group 1 Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville on last. She will be encountering a sounder surface tomorrow but I expect it to make no difference whatsoever.

SELECTION: UBA RACE 7; #13 MOONLIGHT CLOUD

Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes (Group 2) 12f (3.00 GMT)
Eleven are declared but only 3 have realistic chances namely Crystal Capella, Ferdoos and VITA NOVA. The first two named would ideally prefer a softer surface and likely favourite Ferdoos who caught VITA NOVA close home in a listed event on May 28, hasn’t run since. VITA NOVA has thrived in the interim unlucky not to win a Group 2 race when 1 1/4l 2nd to Gertrude Bell despite a badly slipped saddle and then less than a length 2nd to 2000 Guineas and Irish Oaks winner Blue Bunting in a Group 1 at York. She’s confidently expected to turn the tables on Ferdoos.

SELECTION: UBA RACE 13; #8 VITA NOVA

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m (3.35 GMT)
Seven will oppose FRANKEL (BANKER BET) for the British version of the Breeders Cup Mile but none will oppose him at the betting windows. It’s not that he’s necessarily unbeatable but he’s definitely unopposable. This should be 9 for 9 for Henry Cecil’s Superstar.

SELECTION: UBA RACE 19; #7 FRANKEL (BANKER BET)

Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m2f (4.10 GMT)
This won’t be a walkover for anyone and the French challenger Cirrus Des Aigles is very tempting in a race that has been his target all year but Australian star SO YOU THINK has form in the book that is well in advance of these and he should make no mistake.

SELECTION: UBA RACE 25; #4 SO YOU THINK

Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap (3yo+ 0-100) 7f (4.45 GMT)
THE CONFESSOR (nap) has been threatening to win just this sort of race all year and he will not be out of the frame at double digit odds. He has everything in his favour now and can polish off what could be a very profitable card for ye humble tout.

SELECTION: UBA RACE 31; #13 THE CONFESSOR (nap)
The Day’s Best three are; FRANKEL (BANKER BET); VITA NOVA; and THE CONFESSOR (nap)
Good Luck!
THE TERRIBLE TOUT

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