Today's Racing Tips: Four bets on a cracking day at Ascot

Today's bets come from Ascot.
Today's bets come from Ascot.

There are four bets for today’s fantastic Champions Day card at Ascot.

Ascot Tips

13:25 – 2m Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)

There is a chance that this race could come a little soon for the two market leaders Trueshan and Stradivarius. The pair finished first and second in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran at Longchamp two weeks ago and that may have taken quite a bit out of them given that it came over 2m4f on very soft ground. If they’ve recovered sufficiently, then of course they will be bang there again. However, I’m prepared to take an each way chance on THE MEDITERRANEAN (0.5 point each way bet at 14/1), who has had an extra week to prepare. Despite only having one maiden win to his name, he has run consistently well in some very good races. Since finishing fourth to Hurricane Lane at Longchamp in July, he has been placed in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, the Group 1 St Leger and a Group 3 at the Curragh last time out. Two miles on good to soft ground looks ideal and Ryan Moore gets back on board for the first time since his Royal Ascot run.

13:25 Ascot
The Mediterranean silk

The Mediterranean (EW)

lost

14:00 – 6f Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)

Oisin Murphy can seal a third consecutive jockey’s title by guiding DRAGON SYMBOL (1 point win bet at 15/2) to a much deserved first Group 1 victory. After winning his first four starts earlier this year, he lost out by just a nose in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock before losing the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over this course and distance in the stewards’ room. He has recorded consistent form figures of 2234 in the top sprint races since and now steps back up to six furlongs for the first time since finishing second in the July Cup. The return to an easier surface should suit and he holds strong claims in a wide-open race. Creative Force, rather fittingly ridden by William Buick, is feared most and can chase home the selection.

14:00 Ascot
Dragon Symbol silk

Dragon Symbol

lost

15:10 – 1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1)

This is a fascinating renewal of the QEII Stakes with 18 Group 1 victories shared amongst the ten declared runners. Alcohol Free and Mother Earth are strong contenders for the classic generation but I’m expecting the two market leaders to fight out the finish. Palace Pier is an extremely talented horse and five of his nine career wins have come at the highest level. He has only been defeated once and that came in this race last season (had excuses). However, the unbeaten BAAEED (NAP – 1 point win bet at 9/4) could provide the biggest test to date for Palace Pier and lay down a marker to be the next superstar miler. Having progressed through maiden and novice races, this son of Sea The Stars took a Listed race at Newmarket before an ultra-impressive display at Goodwood. He handled the step up to Group 1 company at Longchamp last time out and he remains open to any amount of improvement. What a race!

15:10 Ascot
Baaeed silk

Baaeed

won

15:50 – 1m2f Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1)

All eyes will understandably be on the Derby winner Adayar and the impressive Juddmonte International winner Mishriff as they clash for the first time since the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It’d be absolutely no surprise to see either one of them land this race and the bookies can’t split them at around 2/1. However, I am taking an each way chance on the Aidan O’Brien-trained BOLSHOI BALLET (0.5 point each way bet at 33/1) at a huge price. This son of Galileo was sent off as the 11/8 favourite for the Derby following convincing Group 3 wins at Leopardstown, including in the prestigious Derrinstown Trial. He was well beaten that day with no obvious excuses but he bounced back to win the Grade 1 Belmont Derby in the USA next time out. That confirmed him as a very smart horse and although he has since been beaten twice more in America, everything looks to be in his favour today on this return to the UK.

Elsewhere on the card, Snowfall (14:35) will be extremely tough to beat but is priced accordingly. In the final race of the card (16:30), Sunray Major is a rock-solid favourite but Nugget makes more appeal at a bigger price.

15:50 Ascot
Bolshoi Ballet silk

Bolshoi Ballet (EW)

Non-Runner
Today's Racing Tips
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