by JACK MILNER Champions Day at Ascot will be without the star of its last two meetings and despite there being no Frankel, the superstar that chased him home last year can take back his Champions Stakes crown. French raider CIRRUS DES AIGLES beat a stellar field two years ago in what looks the strongest form in the race. Perhaps even better was getting to within two lengths of the greatest thoroughbred we’ve ever seen in 2012. Take your pick, either way Cirrus Des Aigles wins the Qipco Champion Stakes. Check out BetVictor’s latest Champion Stakes odds.
The QE2 has been a race that has cemented horses as legends. Previous winners include Frankel, Excelebration, Rip Van Winkle, George Washington et al, the list goes on. This year DAWN APPROACH can seal his path to stud in what looks to be the perfect send-off for Jim Bolger’s colt. The trainer describes him as “still awesome”– that’s good enough for me.
The Fillies and Mares race looks a cracker and with soft ground forecast it looks to come down to two horses who thrive under the conditions, The Lark and DALKALA. The latter was an impressive winner of the Prix de L’Opera on Arc Day, showing a game attitude to get up on the line and she is preferred of the two.
Ascot Gold Cup heroine ESTIMATE should ensure it’s hats off for The Queen on Champions Day. Her record around Ascot is truly exceptional and the ground should be no problem for her whatsoever.
The sprint looks a minefield and those punting should be able to nick a good price on the winner!
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Champion Stakes: Cirrus Des Aigles
QE2 Stakes: Dawn Approach
Long Distance Cup: Estimate
Fillies and Mares: Dalkala