Today’s top selections from the press and media feature all five runners from the big Champions Day meeting at Ascot, including two in the Champion Stakes, as tipsters split their thoughts on who will win the big race. Check these out below and an excellent new customer offer. Simply, Join 888sport TODAY AND GET £40 IN FREE BETS
1: KING OTTOKAR (4:15pm Ascot) (5 Votes)
Placed third in the Hampton Court Stakes (1m 1f, soft) at the royal meeting last year and more recently placed fifth on handicap debut at Doncaster (1m, good) last month, when making a first a attempt on good ground. Failed to get a run that day and with preferable, slowly conditions here, he can give favourite Raaeq a goo run for his money.
(East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde. Jersey Evening Post, Rory Paddock. The Sun On Sunday, Sirius. Racing Post, The Punt. Irish Herald, Ian Gaughran)
2: PYLEDRIVER (3:40pm Ascot) (4 Votes)
Winner on soft ground as a 2-yo, but has not raced on it since. Has been in great form over the Summer, winning the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m 3f, good to soft) back in June and more recently, the Great Voltigeur at York (1m 2f, good), beating Highland Chief by 3.5 lengths. It didn’t quite go as hoped in the St Leger (1m 6f, good) last time out, but the drop down to 1m 2f, although a surprise, could benefit him here.
(Sunday Telegraph, Whistler. Racing Post, Lambourn. Yorkshire Post, The Duke. Morning Star, Farringdon)
3: MAGICAL (3:40pm Ascot) (3 Votes)
Comes into race, in fine form so far this season, winning the Group 1 - Irish Champion Stakes for a second successive time last month at Leopardstown (1m 2f, good), adding to to the wins in the Pretty Polly Stakes and Tattersall’s Gold Cup, both at Curragh. The favourite to take the spoils and very much in the hunt for a second win in this race.
(myracing.com. Daily Express, The Scout. Racing TV, The Score)
4: CHIEFOFCHIEFS (1:55pm Ascot) (2 Votes)
Winner of the SIlver Wokingham over C&D (6f, good) back in June, finishing 1.25 lengths ahead of Burmese Waltz. Has been off the boil since, with three relatively average runs, including a sixth in a Class 2 at Doncaster (6f, good) last month. Conditions are a big factor, yet at a big price, the backing by the experts is worth looking into further.
(Racing Post, Newmarket. Daily Post, Mercury)
5: EVEN SO (2:30pm Ascot) (2 Votes)
Won in listed company at Naas (1m 2f, yielding to soft), before following up with victory in the Irish Oaks at Curragh (1m 4f, good to yielding), beating Cayenne Pepper by 2 lengths in July. Returned from a break to finish sixth (of ten) in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, finishing behind several of today’s rivals, but potentially looked to have needed that run and with conditions likely to test stamina, this Ger Lyons filly should be in the mix for the spoils.
(Daily Star Sunday, Moorestyle. The Times, Rob Wright)
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