A small but quality field go to post for the female’s race, The British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes, over one and a half miles at Ascot on Saturday and we have got free racing tips for the Ascot card.
It is an incredibly difficult task to separate all nine of these top class horses who have amassed big wins across the globe for a number of seasons now.
The race also has an international feel to it with no less than four countries being represented to try and win the £300,000 first prize.
Talent, the Oaks winner, is favourite (7/2 Sportingbet). She was a surprise winner at Epsom but she absolutely stormed home that day under Richard Hughes and it is hard to look past her for a win bet at Ascot. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan in the Irish version where she finished last behind Chicquita at the Curragh.
Ralph Beckett’s Classic winner then showed her old sparkle finishing runner up in the St Leger behind Leading Light at Doncaster, who ran fairly well in the Arc.
If this mount of Jim Crowley’s runs up to her Epsom and Doncaster form, she should win. The ground has gone in her favour and no horse in the field can match her form.
France is strongly represented by Dalkala (9/2 Betfred), trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre and ridden by Belgian superstar Christophe Soumillon. This lightly raced 4-year-old won over two furlongs shorter than Saturday’s trip on Arc day and she showed real guts to beat Tasaday by a nose.
However, she ran a shocker on her only race over this trip at Saint-Cloud in June behind Novellist. She does have bits of form last season over further but this is an extremely tough race and I am uneasy about her chances.
Hot Snap (6/1 William Hill), trained by Lady Cecil, is next in the betting and This 3-year-old won on her seasonal reappearance in the Nell Gwyn beating Sky Lantern, who subsequently won the 1000 Guineas. Since then, though, she hasn’t won although ran creditably enough at The Curragh last time, finishing second to Belle De Crecy, who re-opposes again. Under new jockey James Doyle, the soft ground should help and she holds a good chance.
Belle De Crecy (12/1 Winner), trained and ridden by Johnny Murtagh, is a real improver and showed this when outbattling the aforementioned Hot Snap last time out. This filly has done nothing but progress since joining Murtagh from Richard Hannon and with question marks over most of these good horses, this Irish trained daughter of legendary Rock of Gibraltar could easily capture this valuable prize, her price of 12/1 makes her a fantastic looking each-way betting tip for the 2.55pm ar Ascot on Saturday.
Both Talent and Belle De Crecy are my tips for this race although such is the competitiveness of it, any one of this talented bunch could come up trumps.
Ascot 2.55pm Betting Tips Saturday 19th October
Talent to win – 7/2 with Sportingbet
Belle De Crecy each-way – 12/1 with Winner
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