Horse racing betting tips for the 4.05 Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday 18th October.
The highlight of Champions Day at Ascot is the Group 1 Champion Stakes over 1m2f and our racing tipsters have provided their thoughts and tips for the centre-piece contest.
Marc (@marcvalentine) –
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Matt (@mattnewman81) –
Lady Cecil has done well with Noble Mission who hasn't looked quite so difficult this year. He should be the biggest threat to CIRRUS DES AIGLES (11/8 Betfred) but the French raider looks like he will be very hard to beat. This multiple Group 1 winner is suited best to ground with plenty of cut and should be able to claim another contest at the highest level.
CIRRUS DES AIGLES (11/8 bet365) may be an eight-year-old but he holds his form remarkably well and we know he handles severely testing ground. Free Eagle looks to be the one he needs to beat but he has already had his own, well-documented, issues and at the prices I just about prefer the mount of Christophe Soumillon today.
Nick (@nickdriver10) –
The highlight of the event is the Champion Stakes over 1m2f and CIRRUS DES AIGLES (11/8 Coral) returns to try and win this for the second time. Realistically, the horse could have notched up three wins already were it not for the likes of Frankel and last year’s winner – Farhh. The field for this year’s renewal has been decimated due to the weather, something which will not concern the French superstar, and he should have ideal conditions in which to end his season on a high. Free Eagle could potentially be the biggest threat with his three-year-old allowance and unexposed profile, however serious doubts exist about the ground and he may well not run at all.
Will (@willrooney_) –
The testing conditions at Ascot will be no issue for the French raider CIRRUS DES AIGLES (11/8 bet365), who won this contest in 2011. The eight-year-old has had an unbelievable career and will relish the soft surface, having already claimed two Group 1’s this campaign with cut in the ground. The form of those races has really worked out well, beating Treve and Olympic Glory who both went on to win Group 1 contests. If the French runner is fit, I don’t see any of the others giving him real problems, in what is a diluted renewal.
Conor (@co33no33r) –
Former winner, and globetrotting star, Cirrus Des Aigles tops the market and rightfully so. With the ground set to be very testing come post time, underfoot conditions should suit this eight-year-old ideally and he is a worthy short priced favourite. However, Aiden O’Brien runs RULER OF THE WORLD (8/1 William Hill) who is an interesting runner despite failing to reproduce the form that saw him claim last year’s Derby. Nonetheless, he ran a great race in defeat last year behind Farhh and Cirrus Des Aigles and, based on his recent efforts in France, he is fancied to show put in a bold show. At the prices he is definitely the value in the race and looks a solid bet.
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