British Champions Day – Feature Race Previews
1.35 Qipco British Champions Sprint (Group 1) – British Champions Day
It’s hard to think there will be an upset of the magnitude of 28-1 Sands Of Mali (2018 British Champions Day winner) and connections of HELLO YOUMZAIN must be rubbing their hands in welcome of the persistent rain that’s hit the course this week. Kevin Ryan’s change has everything in his favour as he’s lightly raced, loves to get his toe in and looks a worthy favourite. He made all to post a first Group 1 triumph in the Haydock Sprint Cup and if able to adopt similar forcing tactics will be hard to catch.
His jockey James Doyle is full,of praise for the colt and said: “I rode him 8n the Greenham in the sprIng but he’s a proper sprinter as he showed when beat8ng Calyx and was very professional in the Haydock Cup.”
ONE MASTER became the first horse in 38 years to win Longchamp’s Prix de la Foret two years running when outstripping City Light in that Group 1 over seven furlongs on Arc day. Her trainer William Haggas pins his hopes on the heavy ground making this more of a test, and that his much travelled mare will be able to wear down her foes in the closing stages. Much will depend on of she can keep tabs on the leaders in the early stages.
Her jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot said of One Master: “She had a pretty easy race in the Foret and won with a bit to spare. I angled her out at the 300-metre mark and she picked up well without having a hard time of it. She’s really helped by softer conditions and I hope that will help us turn the tables of Advertise from Deauville .”
The outstanding improvement shown by MAKE A CHALLENGE from a mark of 68 on his first win at Fairyhouse in May gives Denis Hogan’s charge obvious claims, and after his Listed success at the Curragh last weekend connections paid £40,000 to add him into this. He came four and a half lengths clear but it’s still a big jump for him moving into a Group 1, in spite of his liking for testing conditions.
With Frankie Dettori in the plate ADVERTISE will command respect in the betting ring. Martyn Meade’s charge has the beating of BRANDO on their running in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville but given the underfoot conditions there are safer options. Advertise put in a career best when landing the a Commonwealth Cup on this turf in June and found only Hello Youmzain his master in the July Cup. That came with some cut in the ground and after missing the Haydock Cup after a dirty scope he’s been in great form at home.
While he’s been written off more than once, THE TIN MAN keeps bouncing back as he showed when running Hello Youmzain to just half a length at Haydock. He’s been campaigned with this race in mind and it would be no surprise to see James Fanshawe’s sprinter earn. It was three years ago that he plundered this prize. He missed the break in the Haydock Sprint Cup but loves the deep conditions and loves Ascot.
1st – One Master
2nd – Hello Youmzain
3rd – The Tin Man
4th – Advertise
5th – Brando
3.20 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1)
FRENCH winners of the QEII are rare and the fact that only Solow in 2015 has triumphed for that nation since 2000 is testament to that. The book rarely runs for cover upon sight of a Gallic participant but that’s not been the case with THE REVENANT who has dominated market exchanges during the build up to this prestigious mile contest.
Since moving from England at the end of his juvenile campaign The Revenant has turned into a winning machine but still needs to prove himself a proper Group 1 horse. The main reason for his elevation in the betting market is that he’s hard to weigh up, loves the cut in the ground and knows how to win.
This is backed up by his jockey, Pierre-Charles Boudot who enthused: “The Revenant is still a fresh horse, he’s easy to ride and the straight mile will not pose any problems to him. He’s well drawn in ten, as most of the good horses are also drawn wide.”
The overall profile of Godolphin’s BENBATL puts him right in there pitching. He came back from an 11 month sojourn to easily sweep aside King Of Comedy and Zaaki at Newmarket and was formerly top class for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor In Dubai before chasing home Winx in the Cox Plate in Australia exactly a year ago. Consequently he’s a fresh horse that looks happy over a new trip, but all fingers will be crossed that he doesn’t bounce from his run in the Group 2 Joel Stakes which happened at the end of September.
Somewhat surprisingly the Coolmore challenge numbers only 2,000 Guineas winner MAGNA GRECIA who has Donnacha O’Brien in the irons. After notching that famous win on the Rowley Mile he was eclipsed in the Irish equivalent and owing to a minor injury hasn’t been seen since. It will take all of Aidan O’Brien’s genius to pull the race out of the fire with this colt, good though he undoubtedly is.
KING OF CHANGE chased home Magna Grecia in the Guineas and showed he’d gone the right way by landing a Sandown Listed race last time. That nevertheless leaves him with plenty to find, a comment that also applies to Safe Voyage who needs to step up from his fourth placing in the Foret.
The course form of LORD GLITTERS brings David O’Meara’s charge firmly into the equation. In six starts at the track he’s won twice, finished second three times and out of the frame in this race 12 months ago. He landed the Group 1 Queen Anne here in June. All things considered he makes abundant appeal as a Win and Place prospect at 7-1 with Hollywoodbets.
Marcus Tregoning has played a waiting game with MOHAATHER who has not been seen since landing the Group 3 Greenham Stakes in the spring. The colt sustained a minor injury to his off-fore, forcing him to miss the 2,000 Guineas.
He’s avoided the fast ground and his trainer enthused: “He’s In very good form and should handle the conditions, but the stiff mile is a question mark as his last two wins have been over seven. His ability to settle is a positive, and he’s done plenty of work.”
1st – Benbatl
2nd – Lord Glitters
3rd – Safe Voyage
4th – The Revenant
5th – King Of Change
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