This Saturday – 16 October 2021 – sees the richest day in the British horse racing calendar take place at Ascot.
Yes, as we prepare to say goodbye to the flat season for another six months, the British Champions Day has come around once again.
There are five other meeting across the UK and Ireland this Saturday too, some of which we are paying extra place on selected races on. You can read more about that here.
Back at Ascot, on the day there is a full card of six races as the royal course plays host to the 2021 Qipco British Champions Day and we’ve picked out or best tips for each of them.
There are some juicy looking contests and epic battles in prospect throughout the day as Trueshan faces off against Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup, Palace Pier clashes with Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Mishriff renews his epic rivalry Adayar in the Champion Stakes.
And that’s just the horses.
There is also the climax of the 2021 Flat jockeys’ championship that is still to be decided and, with both Oisin Murphy and William Buick both saddling up throughout the day, things could go down to the very last race on the card.
So, with a great day’s racing lined up, read on to see who we are backing this Champions Day.
Ascot British Champions Day Betting Tips
13.25 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup Betting Tips 2021
What a way to start the day! Only one fortnight on from clashing in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, Trueshan and Stradivarius meet in a much anticipated rematch clash in this two mile long Group Two challenge.
Trueshan won that contest and also took down this one twelve months ago. His win here came on softer conditions and there is a worry that a harder surface is not in his best interests. Should the ground soften, he looks a good shout to defend his crown.
Three time Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius took down the Group Two Doncaster Cup for the second time last month and was victorious in this chase in 2018. John and Thady Gosden’s seven year old has dominated the staying division in recent seasons. Along side his Ascot success he has collected four Goodwood Cups, three Lonsdale Cups, two Yorkshire Cups and those two Doncaster Cups. He has a former winner of this one too, but was beaten by Kew Gardens in 2019 before finishing a long way behind Trueshan in last year’s renewal.
Baron Samedi won over this trip in the USA in the Belmont Gold Cup recently. The good news for those looking to back the Joseph O’Brien trained 4 year old is that he has shown great versatility over his going preferences which could put in favour over some of the others in this line up.
William Haggas’ Hamish comes into this well rested and is lightly raced. The five year old is yet to race over this distance but did win the September Stakes at Kempton a little over a month ago and could reward his each way backers.
14.00 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes Betting Tips 2021
The current race favourite, Curragh winner Art Power, looked in good shape when coming home third in the Diamond Jubilee over the same course and distance he will face this weekend. Given that the conditions are likely to suit, and with Starman having been retired, he will surely be in the mix.
Dragon Symbol will relish the return to six furlongs and likes this course. Wokingham winner Rohaan, caught the eye on his first start over five furlongs when fifth in the Group One Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last month, is another who should be pleased to be back at the scene of his win and is two from two over course and distance.
Frankie Dettori will be on board Kinross for Godolphin and has picked results over longer distances which in most renewals would normally be an advantage but given that this year looks set to go off over unseasonably drying conditions maybe not quite so much.
14.35 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes Betting Tips 2021
Connections of Epsom Derby heroine Snowfall will surely have been pleased at the absence of Free Wind and La Petite Coco which now makes the Ballydoyle filly’s job considerably easier in this one mile and four furlongs Group One fillies and mares race. The drop back to ten furlongs should suit the Aidan O’Brien trained three year old following her run out in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where she came in sixth, and she is the odds on favourite for a reason.
If your concern is fatigue, then Andrew Balding’s Invite looks set to make a big step up in grade. Winning in listed company at Chester in the Stand Cup on her last outing proved she has more to offer. The only course and distance winner in the line up, however, is Albaflora who got within four lengths of Snowfall at York and now meets on better terms.
15.10 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Betting Tips 2021
There is another mouth watering battle clash in the fourth race of the day, this time between Palace Pier and Baaeed. The best miler in the world, Palace Pier leads a close betting market from his rival. The John & Thady Gosden trained four year old has three Group One victories – Lockinge, Queen Anne and the Prix Jacques le Marois – to his name already this season but disappointed in this event a year ago when he suffered the only defeat of his career thus far. Since then, however, the colt has been faultless over the same mile trip.
Unbeaten colt Baaeed has passed every test so far and was last seen winning the Prix du Moulin at Group One level across the Channel. Trained by William Haggas, the three year old won by six and a half lengths in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood before making it at Group level at Longchamp.
15.50 Qipco Champion Stakes Betting Tips 2021
The highlight of the day brings us another battle royale to savour as Mishriff and Adayar renew rivalries and lock horns once again. Of the field, Mishriff has the best ten furlong form, but some may still harbour concerns about his performance in the same race last year. A lot of that can be put down to conditions, however, and things look like being much better for the Juddmonte International Stakes winner this time around. If he puts in anything like the same effort on Saturday you feel he may have to much for his closest challenger, Adayar, especially over the one mile and two furlongs they face here.
Derby and King George winner Adayar has demonstrated that he can also be a major force at this distance and was fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe only 13 days ago racing nicely in heavy conditions. Ideally he would be coming into this a little fresher, but his connections (Charlie Appleby) remain unfazed and seem convinced that he is fully ready for the Ascot showpiece. The son of Frankel won the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes in June and has enjoyed a light autumn campaign since then, only appearing for his Longchamp run.
Charlie Appleby has confirmed dual Group 1 winner ADAYAR will head for the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday 🐎🔵
📝 His main rivals include last years winner Addeybb and Juddmonte winner Mishriff!
Who wins it?! 🤔
— The Winners Enclosure (@TWEnclosure) October 14, 2021
Last year’s winner Addeybb has beaten Mishriff twice in as many meetings. One of those was in this very race last year with the other coming in the Eclipse. And while the latter is clearly favoured, the former cannot be discounted.
16.25 Balmoral Handicap Betting Tips 2021
The final race of the day sees the Balmoral Handicap run over a mile. The high draw (stall 21) will be the biggest concern for the connections of favourite Sunray Major who looks like he will in Group company before too long. The lightly raced four year old won a seven furlong handicap over course and distance here a fortnight ago and will once again be ridden by Franke Dettori. That day he showed his class and should prove hard to beat.
The dry conditions that have been forecast could play to the strengths of Brunch. That is something he didn’t get when he came home seventh in the Royal Hunt Cup here in back in June. He has won a Listed race since then though and should compete here. After four months away, Nugget won at Haydock three weeks ago and with a better ride in the Thirsk Hunt Cup you feel he would probably have taken that one too. Shaun Levey was in the saddle that day at Thirsk, but he will have Ryan Moore on board on this one. Elsewhere, 2019 winner Escobar is back and David O’Mear’s 7 year old loves the straight course here and is almost certain to get this run to suit.
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