Whatever way you look at it Champions Day at Ascot is a cracking card and I can’t wait for it all to unfold.
Every race is a corker, so let’s get stuck in straight away to the Group 2 Long Distance Cup (12.45pm) which opens the card.
The one I like is FORGOTTEN RULES , who landed this event on heavy last year but proved the ground is no problem when third in the Ascot Gold Cup. He’s a proper stayer who was ridden wrong when flopping last time. I expect him to bounce back to his best.
It’s the Champion Sprint at 1.20pm, and there’s little doubt the top sprinter around is the three-year-old MUHAARAR . He should be perfectly housed in stall 12 and will be very difficult to beat. Hanagan ditched him at Royal Ascot but won’t make that mistake again!
At 1.55pm we have the Fillies and Mares over 1m 4f, and there’s no doubt in my mind COVERT LOVE will run another cracker for Hugo Palmer. She can go from the front if she has to, but in a big field but get a lead this time which could help her. Pat Smullen keeps the ride which is great news.
We might get to see Gleneagles take on French raider Solow in the QE II at 2.30pm but even if that showdown happens SOLOW will be too good for the Ballydoyle raider who has waited a long time to be defeated! Gleneagles has done us plenty of favours this season, but it’s time to take him on.
There’s a huge field for the the day’s feature the Champion Stakes at 3.05pm, and despite his poor draw just lump on JACK HOBBS . The Irish Derby winner is a lot better than these in my book and could have been a real threat to stablemate Golden Horn in the Arc if he’d been given the chance to run. Keep the faith with John Gosden’s runner.
A run for your money
The finale is a tricky handicap to say the least. But have a few quid each-way on FARLOW , in the Balmoral at 3.45pm who has not been disgraced on his last two starts since scoring at Doncaster. This is his type of event and he should give you a run for your money.
So best of luck. Let’s hope Paddy has a shocker – and we get plenty of Yeeehaaas! Hear me Paddy?