I’m at Catterick and Wolverhampton on Saturday, but here are my brief thoughts on Champions Day at Ascot.
I think Order Of St George will be very hard to beat in these conditions, which will not play to the strengths of his main rivals Big Orange and Stradivarius.
I have a feeling that the return to Ascot could see Caravaggio beat Harry Angel in the Sprint, and conditions will be ideal for Bateel in the Fillies And Mares.
The improving Beat The Bank for me in the QEII, while in the Champion Stakes I just take Poet’s Word to get the better of Cracksman over this trip.
There were excuses for him first time out but he showed a lot more when third over course and distance last time. Hopefully, he can progress again and be competitive in what looks a decent-enough race of its kind.
He comes into the race in decent form, and is at home on good and soft ground – it could well end up testing at Catterick if the weather forecast is accurate – and hopefully a switch of stables to Paul won’t have done him any harm either. He looks to hold a winning chance in this claimer.
I rode him when he won on his debut and he has run well on all three starts this season, and on soft ground of late, too. He is one of only three 3yos in the race and is the most lightly-raced, so hopefully he can be competitive.
This season probably hasn’t gone as well as we would have liked, to be honest, but the handicapper has given him a chance by dropping him 3lb since his run at Yarmouth last time. He needs to bounce back here but if he returns to the form of his second at Ascot in July, off a 5lb higher mark than this, than he would have a very big shout. We try him in cheekpieces again.
He didn’t show a lot for us, in truth, when last on soft ground at Yarmouth on his debut. But we have gelded him since and hopefully he will show us a lot more. He has quite a nice pedigree, and the step up in trip will certainly suit on breeding.
I haven’t ridden her before but she appears to have run okay on her first try at this trip when third at Kempton last time, and she has been dropped 1lb for it. She has chances on her first start at this course.
He is another one of mine who comes here in decent nick, and he races off the same mark as when finishing second over course and distance last time. He is getting on a bit now but he is a dual course winner with solid enough claims.
She ran well below par for me when we last saw her at Newcastle in June, and she was taken out at Chelmsford last week I see, but hopefully she comes here fit and well. If she does then she has definite chances off this mark. I have ridden a few times and all of her best runs have come at this track.
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