THERE might be no Frankel this year but the build-up to Champions Day is simmering nicely. Despite the weather causing a glut of withdrawals, there will still be an emphasis on quality. although you should be targeting horses who will handle soft ground. MAAREK will love the mud and has a great chance of following up his Prix De L’Abbaye victory in the Qipco British Champions Sprint. Hoof It may be worth a speculative each-way bet.
TALENT ran a blinder in the St Leger, travelling well and just being outstayed by Leading Light. If she copes with the conditions, she should win the Fillies and Mares race. Hot Snap has the ability to win a big race and looks a threat at around the 7/1 mark.
The ground has caused the omission of Toronado in the QE11 and there may well be some value lurking in the field if you want to oppose the hot favourite Dawn Approach. Maxios, Olympic Glory and Soft Falling Rain all have strong credentials while Kingsbarns could be the joker in the pack at 20/1 and has form on very soft ground.
Ten go in the Champion Stakes and the ante-post money has been pouring on Cirrus Des Aigles. It is hard to reason why he should not regain the crown he won so impressively in 2011. But he offers no value and Farhh is a big threat after a long lay-off. Ruler Of The World reappears quickly after the Arc but probably needs further and if there is to be a surprise, it could be HILLSTAR who ran his best race at Ascot in the King George.