Horse Racing Betting: Qipco British Championship, Ascot Tips
The final weekend of the flat racing season is approaching with the British Champions Day at Ascot. Owners and jockeys will be chasing silverware for the final time in 2018. With many of the biggest winners of the season descending on Ascot, it promises to be a fascinating day of racing.
Qipco British Championship
Since its launch in 2011, the Qipco British Championship has significantly raised the profile of the big races on the flat racing calendar – with Champions Day at Ascot being the culmination of the series.
With races taking place in 5 different classifications: Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares – the flat racing elite will all be in contention once more as the season comes to an end.
With all races except the Long Distance Stakes being Class 1 and over £500,000 worth of prize money on the line – on each race – the stakes simply couldn’t be higher at Ascot.
Saturday 20th October 2018
1.25pm – Qipco British Championship – Long Distance Cup Outright Winner Odds:-
Run over 1 mile and 7 furlongs, the Long Distance Cup is the only race on the card not to have Class 1 status. However, many of the biggest names on the scene feature once again at Ascot this year.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Long Distance Cup:
Stradivarius – 10/11 (William Hill) –
The 4-year old with strong pedigree under the stewardship of John Gosden is unbeaten this season. Most of the wins have come over longer distances, so he is the justified favourite here at Ascot – where he last won back in June.
Capri – 8/1 (Mansion Bet) –
Question marks lie over the fitness of Aiden O’Brien’s protégée, Capri, who has been unable to discover his best form since an injury setback earlier in the season. Capri will enjoy the trip at Ascot and is certainly capable of springing a surprise.
Kew Gardens – 10/1 (Ladbrokes) –
St Leger winner, Kew Gardens, is next in line for Aiden O’Brien; his incredible season shows no signs of slowing just yet. Perhaps a little outclassed at Longchamps last time out, he will be better for the experience.
Southern France – 12/1 (Bet365) –
The third horse in contention for Aiden O’Brien, Southern France ran well at the St Leger. He placed 3rd behind Kew Gardens and hasn’t been out since, so could arrive in Ascot full of running – ideal for the longer trip.
Top Pick – Stradivarius – 10/11 (William Hill)
Each Way Pick – Southern France – 12/1 (Bet365)
2.00pm – Qipco British Championship – Sprint Stakes Outright Winner Odds:-
The class 1, 6 furlong dash should be yet another fascinating watch with a large field assembled and ready to do battle at Ascot.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Sprint Stakes:
The Tin Man – 10/3 (888sport) –
James Fanshawe’s 6 year old is a prolific winner on the sprinting circuit – having romped home at Haydock last month. With 2 wins from 4 runs season, The Tin Man is certainly the form horse here.
Harry Angel – 5/1 (Bet365) –
Clive Cox’ Godolphin owned Harry Angel, has had an injury ravaged season and disappointed when returning last month. Question marks lie in whether he’s ready to return so soon but it is a horse with serious pedigree at this level.
Brando – 8/1 (Bet Bright) –
Kevin Ryan’s 6 year old has established himself as a major player on the sprinting scene this season, with a win at Newmarket as well as placed showings at York and Haydock in what has been a busy campaign – one to watch here.
Librisa Breeze – 8/1 (Betsson) –
Dean Ivory’s 6 year old hasn’t been in the best of form this season – with no placed finishes this term but last year’s win over the same distance at Ascot lives long in the memory and Librisa Breeze is sure to be in contention if that form is replicated here.
Top Pick – The Tin Man – 10/3 (888sport)
Each Way Pick – Brando – 8/1 (Bet Bright)
2.40pm – Qipco British Championship – Fillies & Mares Stakes Outright Winner Odds:-
Ran over 1 mile 3 furlongs, the Fillies & Mares Stakes looks to be one of the most open and entertaining races on the card at Ascot.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Fillies & Mares Stakes:
Lah Ti Dar – 6/4 (Coral) –
One of John Gosden’s premier horses, Lah Ti Dar came up just short at the St Leger. However, she is otherwise unbeaten in her fledgling career and should be one of the key runners in a high quality race here.
Bateel – 9/2 (Royal Panda) –
Irish contender, Bateel, came second in this very race last year on soft ground and looks to be a serious challenger once again this term. Bateel has no form to speak of this season, however which would be the only concern.
Kitesurf – 6/1 (Ladbrokes) –
Godolphin owned, Kitesurf has claimed over £500,000 in prize money over the course of a relatively small career. With yet another win at Longchamp last month, Kitesurf could seriously be in contention in this one.
Coronet – 7/1 (Mansion Bet) –
Next in line for John Gosden, the experienced 4 year old has had another solid campaign – not finishing outside of the places in any of her 4 races and could come back refreshed and ready to fire following a 2 month break.
Top Pick – Lah Ti Dar – 6/4 (Coral)
Each Way Pick – Kitesurf – 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
3.15pm – Qipco British Championship – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Outright Winner Odds:-
Run over 1 mile, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is arguably the highlight of the calendar with some huge names in contention once again in 2018.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes:
Recoletos – 11/4 (Bet-at-Home) –
French supremo, Recoletos, crosses the channel to try and clinch the crown at Ascot, fresh off the back of impressive showings at Longchamp and Deauville last month. This horse is a justified heavy favourite.
Expert Eye – 5/1 (Betsafe) –
Sir Michael Stoute’s 3 year old has enjoyed a superb season with wins at York and Ascot being the highlights. Yet to win over 1 mile, he is an impressive traveller that could certainly come into contention here.
Roaring Lion – 6/1 (Ladbrokes) –
American superstar, Roaring Lion, is under the stewardship of John Gosden and arrives at Ascot with 3 consecutive wins under the belt. This horse is relatively unproven over the mile, but should have no problems with the trip.
Lord Glitters – 7/1 (Unibet) –
French contender, Lord Glitters, is one of the more experienced horses at this level – particularly over the mile distance; with 2 placed finished at Ascot over a mile already this season, connections will be eager to see it go one better here.
Top Pick – Recoletos – 11/4 (Bet-at-Home)
Each Way Pick – Roaring Lion – 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
3.50pm – Qipco British Championship – Middle Distance Stakes Outright Winner Odds:-
The culmination of the card is the Middle Distance Stakes – ran over 1 mile and a furlong – it should be a fantastic climax to the flat racing season.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Middle Distance Stakes:
Cracksman – 7/4 (BetHard) –
John Gosden will be hoping to finish the season in style, with Cracksman in contention once again after 3 months out. Over this, his favoured distance, he’s sure to be in contention – only issues lie around fitness following such a break.
Crystal Ocean– 5/1 (Betsson) –
Sir Michael Stoute’s 4 year old hasn’t finished outside of the places this season and with a win and a 2nd already at Ascot this term, looks like a real contender should Cracksman not be fit and firing.
Monarchs Glen – 9/1 (Tony Bet) –
John Gosden will be hoping Monarchs Glen can spring another surprise after winning as an 8/1 shot at Ascot back in June over the same distance – a more than capable runner and one to watch for sure here.
Laurens – 12/1 (Betfred) –
One of the form horses in the field, French supremo Laurens arrives at Ascot fresh off the back of wins at Leopardstown and Newmarket in the last month and will fancy his chances here.
Top Pick – Crystal Ocean– 5/1 (Betsson)
Each Way Pick – Monarchs Glen – 9/1 (Tony Bet)