CHAMPIONS Day has arrived on ITV, and while for some of us the champions in a season will always be those who travel to America for the Breeders’ Cup, there is no doubt some classy horses will be in action at Ascot.
Finding winners in testing conditions won’t be easy, but let’s see what damage we can do to my friends at Sunbets after another good weekend for the blog last Saturday.
The big Group 1 Sprint comes up at 2.00pm, and while Harry Angel is the one to beat, I’ll take CARAVAGGIO to confirm Royal Ascot form from the Commonwealth Cup.
The conditions will make this a testing 6f and Caravaggio is gagging for a bit further than 6f. He’s top class when on song and worth an each-way punt.
Next is the Group 1 Fillies’ and Mares over nearly 1m4f at 2.40pm.
Many will be with Journey here and she has every chance, but CORONET has been a good stick for this column, scoring at Royal Ascot and giving us the forecast in the Yorkshire Oaks, and I’m not deserting her here.
She will be held up off the pace and might just come past Journey and co late on.
The big Group 1 Mile event is at 3.15pm in the Queen Elizabeth II, and a huge field goes to post.
All the old names are in the line up, as well as the up and coming Beat the Bank, but although it’s boring I have no doubt RIBCHESTER is the best miler about and should take all the beating.
He’s not the most straightforward ride, but he showed what he can do in the Queen Anne at this track and I expect him just to be too good.
On a day of major events it’s hard to pick which one is the main one, but the Champion at 3.50pm is a cracker over nearly 1m2f.
Matt Chapman’s TV tips
1.25 Ascot – Order Of St George: ‘No doubt in my mind the best stayer in the business’ (add to your betslip)
2.00 Ascot – Caravaggio: ‘He’s top class when on song’ (add to your betslip)
2.40 Ascot – Coronet: ‘Will be held up off the pace and might just come past them late on’ (add to your betslip)
3.15 Ascot – Ribchester: ‘The best miler about and should take all the beating’ (add to your betslip)
3.50 Ascot – Cliffs Of Moher: ‘A horse who has a huge success in him at some stage’ (add to your betslip)
4.30 Ascot – GM Hopkins: ‘He goes on any ground and trained by the genius Johnny G’ (add to your betslip)
I’m a huge Cracksman fan, and to be honest I expect him to win, but at the prices I have to have a few quid each-way on CLIFFS OF MOHER, who of course ran a cracker in the Derby earlier in the season.
With a clear run I have a feeling he would have won the Irish Champion, and he’s a horse who has a huge success in him at some stage
Rather strangely we end the card with a handicap, but it’s a decent one at 4.30pm over 1m.
All the race will be around ZABEEL PRINCE, who I napped just the other day when hacking up. He’s a Group horse in the making and only has a mark of 102. Hard to beat.
That said, again at the prices also have a little wager each-way on GM HOPKINS, who was once rated 114 but is now down to 104. He goes on any ground and trained by the genius Johnny G.
So enjoy Champions Day in all its glory. Let’s hope for some Yeeehaaas. You Betcha!