The tenth year of the Champions Day meeting in its current format. It’s a day that was helped hugely in the early years with Frankel winning in both 2011 and 2012 but has also produced some super racing in the years since. All 6 races are live on ITV Racing and you can also watch them all on the bet365 site where you can back our outsiders for Saturday.
1.55 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes – Glen Shiel 14/1
Rather an insulting price given his continued progression this season. He chased home Dream Of Dreams in the Haydock Sprint Cup, a length and a quarter between them. This stiffer track will help given that he has form over further and the deep ground is very much in his favour.
Placed in the Balmoral at this meeting last year, the return to Ascot is no issue and given his upward trajectory this season, he’ll be hard to keep out of the frame.
2.30 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes – Manuela De Vega 20/1
Fourteen furlongs on heavy ground stretched her stamina last time out in France. She was second favourite to Wonderful Tonight on that occasion, a 5/1 chance compared to 4.9/1. The gap here in the prices is far bigger but this trip is more likely to suit Ralph Beckett’s charge better.
She beat Fanny Logan on her 2020 return, that filly winning the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot subsequently. Manuela De Vega then won the Lancashire Oaks, a repeat of either of those runs make her a huge player.
4.15 Balmoral Handicap – Hortzadar 40/1
There have been just six renewals of this hugely competitive handicap. Trainer David O’Meara has been responsible for two winners and a second and third in the last four years so his representatives need huge respect.
Jamie Spencer has an enviable record in the straight track handicaps at Royal Ascot down the years so his booking for this mile handicap up the straight has to go down as fascinating.