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Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
British Champions Sprint Stakes tips for Saturday’s Group 1 race. The big rematch is on as Harry Angel squares up to Caravaggio once more, but will he be able to turn the tables? Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Caravaggio got the better of HARRY ANGEL in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but he’s not matched that form since and the latter has improved beyond comprehension, so a turnaround is on the cards. Clive Cox’s star sprinter won the Sprint Cup at Haydock on his latest start by a wide margin, settling the race with a devastating turn of foot which left Tasleet and The Tin Man five lengths down. He won’t be for catching here and can record a third straight victory, with the main danger being Quiet Reflection.
1 BRANDO – Won the Prix Maurice de Gheest three starts ago but he’s been well below form in two runs since, only seventh in the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly earlier this month. This is a much tougher renewal than last year and he’ll do well to replicate his third this time around.
2 DANZENO – Back to his best this season for Mick Appleby, but his only win came in a Handicap and this looks a very tall order after two underwhelming efforts the last twice. Should simply be outclassed.
3 DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT – Arrives here on a hat-trick for Andrew Balding, winning the Haydock Gold Cup in September. That is useful form and softer ground is going to suit him, so he’s not without a small each way chance.
4 LIBRISA BREEZE – Didn’t have the best of luck in Group 1 races earlier this season but he had no real excuses when always held in second at Newbury in August. Softer ground will suit, but he needs all the luck to place here and that’s not assured.
5 TASLEET – Second to The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee before again finishing second in the Haydock Sprint Cup, this time behind Harry Angel. He’s likely to give another good account on softer ground, but a turnaround with Harry Angel is inconceivable.
6 THE TIN MAN – Course and distance specialist who won the race twelve months ago and won the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot earlier this year. He goes on softer ground, but was no match for Harry Angel at Haydock and is playing for places here.
7 TUPI – Produced his best effort of the season when third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, but he’s been well beaten since in two easier races than this and he looks hugely up against it now pitched into the highest level.
8 WASHINGTON DC – Has never cut it at the top level for Aidan O’Brien, with his biggest victory coming in Group 3 company. He was brushed aside in the Nunthorpe and with his limitations exposed at the highest level, he’s best watched.
9 CARAVAGGIO – Looked a potential star earlier this season when winning the Commonwealth Cup ahead of Harry Angel, but things went astray since. He got back on track somewhat with a Group 2 victory on his latest start, but he needs another career best to hold terms with Harry Angel.
10 HARRY ANGEL – Has improved markedly since finishing second to Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup, showing a devastating turn of foot to win the Haydock Sprint Cup on his latest start. That form sets the standard and with softer ground fine, he’s not for beating today.
11 INTELLIGENCE CROSS – Useful sprinter for Aidan O’Brien but on many occasion he’s been used as a pacemaker for Caravaggio, never cutting it at the top level. Looks to have little chance once more.
12 QUIET REFLECTION – Leading light of the six furlong division last season, getting back to her best when winning a Group 3 at Naas last month easily. She loves softer ground and arrives here fresher than most, so shouldn’t be discounted by any stretch.
13 ALPHABET – Has been well held by both Caravaggio and Quiet Reflection last month and she looks hugely up against it, with her only victory being in a Maiden at Naas.