October 16 / 14.50 Ascot

14.50 Ascot

Good To Soft

Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)

  • Prize money: £714546
  • 1m 1f 212y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 2m 8s
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Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.65
  • Place: £3.30

Form: 5-2825

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Easily won the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last October (7f, heavy) and ran a cracker when runner-up in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (1m2f, soft) in June; first run since when a creditable fifth in the Arc (1m4f, heavy) 13 days ago but others here possess stronger form than this French raider.
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1st

10

(3)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Sealiway

9st 1lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: Cedric Rossi

Easily won the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last October (7f, heavy) and ran a cracker when runner-up in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (1m2f, soft) in June; first run since when a creditable fifth in the Arc (1m4f, heavy) 13 days ago but others here possess stronger form than this French raider.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.05

Form: 4-4111 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive during this 3yo campaign, winning a handicap at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) in July then landing two French Group 2s (1m2f, good to soft/very soft); today is a much tougher test of his credentials but he's done it readily the last twice and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies; could have a part to play.
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2nd

7

(10)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Dubai Honour

9st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: William Haggas

Highly progressive during this 3yo campaign, winning a handicap at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) in July then landing two French Group 2s (1m2f, good to soft/very soft); today is a much tougher test of his credentials but he's done it readily the last twice and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies; could have a part to play.

7/1

33/1

  • Place: £7.60

Form: 414650 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Group 1 winner in last October's Vertem Futurity (1m, heavy) and May's Irish 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft to heavy); however, he was no match for Adayar in the Derby (1m4f, good to soft), nor for Mishriff in the International (1m2f, good), and he's unlikely to get his favoured very testing ground.
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4th

2

(3)

25th Jun 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Mac Swiney

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

towards rear but in touch with leaders, pushed along 3f out, soon dropped to last and ridden, headway from over 1f out, ran on inside final 110yds, went fourth towards finish

9/4

7th

7

(8)

22nd May 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 110y

14:40 Curragh

Mac Swiney

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

3rd

9

(6)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Mac Swiney

9st 1lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

Group 1 winner in last October's Vertem Futurity (1m, heavy) and May's Irish 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft to heavy); however, he was no match for Adayar in the Derby (1m4f, good to soft), nor for Mishriff in the International (1m2f, good), and he's unlikely to get his favoured very testing ground.

33/1

Form: -11321 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Flopped in this race last year but has top-notch form otherwise (on a variety of ground); not quite at his best when third in the Eclipse in July (a neck behind Addeybb who was also back from a break) before a fine second to Adayar in the King George here (1m4f), then bolted up in the International at York (1m2f) for a third Group 1 win; needs to turn the tables on his King George conqueror Adayar and this shorter trip boosts his chance.
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2nd

4

(3)

2nd Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Mishriff

9st 9lb

J: David Egan

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, towards rear, pushed along 3f out, waiting for room from over 2f out, headway when not clear run and slightly hampered over 1f out, soon switched left, ridden and ran on well final 110yds, went second final strides, just failed

7/1

4th

4

(2)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Mishriff

9st 5lb

J: David Egan

T: John & Thady Gosden

Flopped in this race last year but has top-notch form otherwise (on a variety of ground); not quite at his best when third in the Eclipse in July (a neck behind Addeybb who was also back from a break) before a fine second to Adayar in the King George here (1m4f), then bolted up in the International at York (1m2f) for a third Group 1 win; needs to turn the tables on his King George conqueror Adayar and this shorter trip boosts his chance.

6/4

15/8

Form: -22114 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Found major improvement with a commanding win in the Derby (1m4f, good to soft) and following up in the King George here (1m4f, good to firm; runner-up Mishriff beaten about 2l); failed to settle on heavy ground in the Arc (1m4f) last time and didn't see it out, finishing fourth; that hard race was just 13 days ago and he needs to prove he's fully effective over 1m2f, but he shapes as though this trip will suit and he has leading claims if at his best.
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5th

5

(9)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Adayar

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Found major improvement with a commanding win in the Derby (1m4f, good to soft) and following up in the King George here (1m4f, good to firm; runner-up Mishriff beaten about 2l); failed to settle on heavy ground in the Arc (1m4f) last time and didn't see it out, finishing fourth; that hard race was just 13 days ago and he needs to prove he's fully effective over 1m2f, but he shapes as though this trip will suit and he has leading claims if at his best.

15/8

OUR TIP

7/1

Form: 11-212 CD

Last run: 105 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Four-time Group 1 winner (three in Australia, including on good ground) who was runner-up in this in 2019 and went one better last year (both on soft); second to St Mark's Basilica in the Group 1 Eclipse in July on this year's sole British outing, a neck ahead of Mishriff (both were back from breaks and probably not at their very best); this looks an even hotter race than last year but this hugely admirable 7yo has to be respected.
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3rd

1

(4)

1st Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:05 Sandown

Addeybb

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, went second over 1f out, no impression and held from 1f out, lost second inside final 110yds

11/10

3rd

3

(2)

26th May 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

19:25 Sandown

Addeybb

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Four-time Group 1 winner (three in Australia) who was second of four in the Eclipse over C&D last July; below par at Ascot in October when last seen and this race may well be a stepping stone to future Group 1 targets, but he's a class act who goes well fresh and is certainly respected on his return.

11/4

6th

1

(1)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Addeybb

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Four-time Group 1 winner (three in Australia, including on good ground) who was runner-up in this in 2019 and went one better last year (both on soft); second to St Mark's Basilica in the Group 1 Eclipse in July on this year's sole British outing, a neck ahead of Mishriff (both were back from breaks and probably not at their very best); this looks an even hotter race than last year but this hugely admirable 7yo has to be respected.

7/1

Form: 151212 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Won the C&D 3yo handicap at the Royal meeting (soft) before pushing Dubai Honour close in Newmarket handicap (1m2f, good to firm); then won Haydock Group 3 (10.5f, soft) and another big run when pipped in Newbury Group 3 (1m3f, good) latest; wears first-time blinkers and further improvement can't be ruled out, but a sizeable step forward is needed.
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4th

2

(5)

1st Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:05 Sandown

Foxes Tales

9st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

held up in behind leaders, pushed along and waiting for room over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, switched right 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong

7/1

3rd

8

(4)

14th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Foxes Tales

9st 5lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 2f, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, headway from over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

8/1

4th

4

(5)

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:10 Newbury

Foxes Tales

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Won handicap at Royal Ascot and Group 3 at Haydock (both on soft) while emerging as a smart performer as 3yo; seen mostly keeping on strongly at about 1m2f, which he also did when going close in 1m3f Group 3 here (good) in September, so 1m4f looks well worth a go following his creditable reappearance three weeks ago; with big chance on form too, he should go very well.

3/1

20/1

Form: -11224 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 4yo who kicked off this campaign with two comfortable Group 3 wins at Newbury (1m4f, good/good to soft) before being beaten a neck in the Group 1 Coronation Cup (1m4f, good to soft); however, hasn't shown his peak form the last twice (gelded prior to last time) and others appeal more.
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1st

1

(2)

7th May 2022

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Al Aasy

9st 2lb

J: Dane O’Neill

T: William Haggas

Very smart on his day; began 2021 with two easy Group 3 wins at Newbury (1m4f, good/good to soft) before going down by only a neck in the Coronation Cup at Epsom (1m4f, good to soft); his campaign ended in anticlimax with two odds-on defeats and a sound beating in the Champion Stakes here, but he's clearly the one to beat if back on song after a break; usually delivered late.

7/4

1

(3)

6th May 2022

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

14:40 Chester

Al Aasy

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Haggas

8th

2

(5)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Al Aasy

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Haggas

Lightly raced 4yo who kicked off this campaign with two comfortable Group 3 wins at Newbury (1m4f, good/good to soft) before being beaten a neck in the Group 1 Coronation Cup (1m4f, good to soft); however, hasn't shown his peak form the last twice (gelded prior to last time) and others appeal more.

20/1

100/1

Form: 512502 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Evergreen 8yo who has won Group 3 and Listed races this season (1m2f, soft/good) and was a solid Listed second at Ayr last month; however, he's likely to be out of his depth in today's company.
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4th

3

(6)

1st Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Euchen Glen

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, held up in last, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, rallied on outer over 1f out, kept on final 110yds, not pace to challenge

13/2

3rd

2

(1)

11th Jun 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:05 York

Euchen Glen

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced freely, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, made no telling impression, went third towards finish

13/2

6th

3

(4)

26th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

18:50 Sandown

Euchen Glen

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

12/1

Form: 117144 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Won two Group 3s at Leopardstown this spring (1m2f, good) and was sent off favourite for the Derby (1m4f, good to soft), only to finish well beaten behind Adayar; won US Grade 1 (1m2f, good) in July but merely fourth in the US the last twice and his limitations are likely to be exposed today.
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6

(8)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

Bolshoi Ballet

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won two Group 3s at Leopardstown this spring (1m2f, good) and was sent off favourite for the Derby (1m4f, good to soft), only to finish well beaten behind Adayar; won US Grade 1 (1m2f, good) in July but merely fourth in the US the last twice and his limitations are likely to be exposed today.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £771.00
Straight Forecast £771.50
Tricast £26936.20
Trifecta £15453.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Mishriff

SPOTLIGHT:

Adayar

Telegraph:

Dubai Honour

RP Ratings:

Adayar

POSTDATA:

Adayar

Daily Mail:

Adayar

Daily Express:

Adayar

The Guardian:

Dubai Honour

NEWMARKET:

Mishriff

The Times:

Mishriff

Daily Mirror:

Mishriff

The Sun:

Mishriff

The Star:

Mishriff

Daily Record:

Mishriff