British Champions Day at Ascot: Preview & Predictions

The eyes of the horse racing world will be on Ascot on Saturday as the prestigious QIPCO British Champions Day takes centre stage.

The meeting features the final races in each of five QIPCO British Champions Series categories – Long Distance, Sprint, Fillies & Mares, Mile and Middle Distance.

The highlight of the event is the Champions Stakes over a mile-and-a-quarter, with this year’s renewal attracting an exceptional line-up.

Aidan O’Brien’s Magical was a gritty winner of the race last year, and there will be plenty of punters using their winnings from casino promo code offers to back her to retain her crown.

The five-year-old won the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in her most recent outing and will undoubtedly be a tough nut to crack.

However, at the current prices, the progressive Mishriff looks the value to bet to knock Magical off her perch this weekend.

Victories in the French Derby and Prix Guillaume D’ornano Stakes proved his ability to handle soft ground and John Gosden’s charge is strongly fancied to win the race.

Lord North, Addeybb and Skalleti are other strong contenders, although they look to be fighting for third place behind the first two in the betting.

The banker bet on the card comes in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with Gosden’s Palace Pier strongly fancied to maintain his unbeaten career record.

His victory in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville during August showed that he could cope with softer conditions and it will be a shock if he fails to win at Ascot.

Dream Of Dreams will bid to follow up impressive wins at Newbury and Haydock with a victory in the Champions Sprint Stakes.

The six-year-old should run well, but last year’s runner-up One Master holds a solid chance of going one better this time around.

The six-year-old won the Prix de la Foret in France on her most recent outing and looks primed to run another big race this weekend.

Stradivarius is difficult to oppose in the Long Distance Cup, although second favourite Search For A Song could prove to be troublesome.

The Dermot Weld trained filly has won the Irish St Leger for the past two seasons, and if she handles the softer conditions, she should at least run into a place.

Although the Fillies & Mares Stakes is a challenging puzzle to unravel, although Dame Malliot should give punters a good run for their money.

She finished ahead of Wonderful Tonight when the pair met in the Prix Vermeille last month and looks capable of franking that form at Ascot.

The closing race on the card is the one-mile Balmoral Handicap and provides punters with another tricky conundrum to unravel.

Brain Meehan’s Raaeq is favourite for the race having recorded impressive victories at Sandown and Ascot on his last two outings.

However, in a 20-runner field the each-way value could lie with Bell Rock. The four-year-old finished third in the Cambridgeshire and the drop back in distance should suit.

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