Sky Sports Racing presenter Alex Hammond takes a look at the feature race at Ascot on British Champions Day, the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
Sky Sports Racing covering are seen by this Saturday and I am delighted to be there. A card is , but I’m going to concentrate the Champion Stakes, on the one here. It has been well documented that this race is among three run to the (inner) hurdle monitor, but that means the earth won’t be testing as first feared. Having said that, a love of earth is definitely crucial.
William Haggas’ five-year-old was beaten at this meeting 12 months ago, but that was his very first run since May of that year as he didn’t receive the soft ground he prefers. He has been marginally more busy this season and he has not done a wonderful deal whilst he was unsatisfactory in the Huxley Stakes back in May. He finished a respectable second to Elarqam at York at the end of July, defeat Magic Wand to win against the Wolferton in June following the deluge at the Royal meeting and then beat Pondus in ground out time. So far though, he has come up short at the highest level and the floor may not be testing to level the playing field with a number of his rivals.
He has a quirk, although there’s no uncertainty Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old has plenty of skill. This mile and a quarter is his trip, but if he wants the ground soft is up for debate. Requirements are perhaps the least of his problems, due to his day that he can give all these a true fright and there’s a chance that with age comes more adulthood, so none to write off, but we may not find the very top of him before next season with a little more experience under his belt.
This classy mare finally got a pleasant Group 1 success to her name in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June and like buses, she subsequently made it 2 at the maximum level having a win at the Prix Jean Romanet in Deauville a month or two back on her latest start. She had been desperately unlucky to not reel at Magical from the Champion Fillies and Mares on this card this past year and I believe she is well capable of making it an hat-trick of Group 1s in states that come up her street with Mr Ascot, Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Japan’s Pop revealed she can cut it against the some of the best females in Europe after winning the Nassau in Goodwood and is unlucky not to have possibly ripped two European Group 1s when denied success in the Irish Champion Stakes when getting no kind of streak. She has been prices every time she has put foot on the track in Ireland and the UK, but shouldn’t be overlooked in the Champion Stakes at which she seems capable of making her presence felt once more. As she seems to be considerably more effective on a sounder 20, the main negative has to be the floor.
Aidan O’Brien’s second series looks to be playing with a role to her stablemate Magical that is . The excursion stretches her, more than seven furlongs and a mile together with her attempts. Having said that, she ran into the race of her own life in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 12 months past when beaten a neck from Roaring Lion to second, but that was over a mile and nothing has been replicated by her like that since.
What a mare she is. She has enjoyed every dance this year finishing out of their two after since her triumph at the Fillies and Mares with this card this past year. Out when fifth in that and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wasn’t a poor effort by any other means This came last time. She is unlucky to be about in exactly the exact same time as Enable as she has finished runner-up in the highest level in the last 12 months for her three times, but there’s no Permit in this and she’s got a wonderful chance of winning once again. She’s talented and tough, although there might need to be a worry about the times she has put herself on the line this year. Conditions will have no fears for their own either.
I’m a huge fan of Fox Tal and think he could measure up to the plate and be a light in the secure as a season of Andrew Balding. He also pulverised his competitors in a Conditions Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting last month and whilst he has plenty to prove at the degree, I think he’s got the makings of a high class colt. He has family that proceeded tender, so I won’t be deterred by that, although the floor is a complete unknown. He’s a enormous participant for me.
He has plenty to perform evaluations that are bare, but what he can have in his favour would be the ground. When circumstances are like this he thrives. The trip suits him well, but I would be amazed if he is good enough to ruffle some of those feathers.
This filly looked really smart to be fair she has not done a fantastic deal incorrect since then and after winning back the Cheshire Oaks in May. The Oaks was a shambles for her and I thought she was unlucky not to win the Nassau Stakes. You may set a line through her conduct at ParisLongchamp in the Prix de l’Opera because she had been way too keen and the afternoon as a whole just did not pan out for Frankie Dettori. She will love conditions and she gives John Gosden a good string to his bow.
Addeybb is a mud lover that is confirmed, but it is possible it will not be soft enough. Are the duo; CORONET and MEHDAAYIH of John Gosden. Coronet has really come into her own this season and was a bit unlucky from the Fillies and Mares with this day last year behind winner . It is interesting they have opted to opt for this race as opposed to the Fillies and Mares and she is in the kind of her life.
Mehdaayih is and you are able to set a line through her run at ParisLongchamp on Arc evening as she pulled too hard that day and she looks worth to me in this. She has done very little wrong other and when she has not gone across the top for its season can conduct another great race. I also think a huge race can be run by Fox Tal . It is sure to be a contest.