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15:45 Ascot

Soft

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

  • Prize money: £737230
  • 1m 1f 212y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.55
  • Place: £1.65

Form: 7-2134 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won on soft on debut; clear second in the Derby on reappearance then went one better in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot; subsequently third in the King George here (good to soft) and a close fourth when dropped back to 1m2f in the Irish Champion Stakes; that very solid campaign makes him a big player.

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1st

8

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

King Of Steel

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Roger Varian

raced in last, pushed along over 4f out, headway on outer from 2f out, prominent when ridden and hung right 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, led towards finish

4/1

4th

8

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

King Of Steel

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Roger Varian

held up in midfield, headway 3f out, ridden and went fourth inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, not reach leaders

9/4

3rd

11

(3)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

King Of Steel

8st 12lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Roger Varian

Strapping colt who nearly won the Derby on stable/seasonal debut, leading from over 2f out until collared by Auguste Rodin near the finish (pair clear); went one better in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot where he comfortably justified favouritism while confirming he's very smart and suited by this C&D; both starts this season on good to firm but 2yo debut success came on soft; still has very low mileage, having raced just four times, and commands the utmost respect with further progress on the cards.

4/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.25

Form: 1-1132 D BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft ground; below par over 1m in the Falmouth; has form figures of 21112 in her 1m1f-10.5f races for current stable, including Pretty Polly win at the Curragh; went very close in Deauville Group 1 when last seen; may rate higher still and holds fair claims kept to this sort of trip.

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2nd

6

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Via Sistina

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: George Boughey

awkward start, in rear, good headway on outer from 3f out, pressed leaders under 2f out, led when jockey dropped whip over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed towards finish

8/1

3rd

6

(8)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Via Sistina

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: George Boughey

Lightly raced 5yo who was an easy Group 2 winner on the Rowley Mile in May (1m1f, soft) and followed up in the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good) a fortnight ago, when hanging right and hampering rivals; there can be optimism she will be fully effective at 1m and she's the one to beat on form; has run just once on fast ground, when showing promise on debut.

13/8

1st

7

(3)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Via Sistina

9st 10lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: George Boughey

Lightly raced; showed improved form in Group 3 races last autumn for new yard, finishing a close second at Newmarket then going one better at Toulouse; improvement strongly sustained with returning victory in 1m1f Group 2 event at Newmarket in early-May; up 8lb to 115 for that, making her the highest-rated runner in the field.

15/8

3rd
7 (2)

9/2

  • Place: £1.55

Form: 521111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy ground; improving French 3yo gelding who comfortably justified favouritism in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp (1m2f Group 2) three weeks ago, completing a four-timer and taking overall record to 6-8; brings a very attractive profile to this first Group 1 attempt; big player.

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No Results Found

Form: -11386 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Sole runner for Ballydoyle but has weak claims, being towards the bottom of this pack on ratings; only sixth of eight in the Irish Champion Stakes most recently and is still seeking first win at the top level; won on heavy and soft this spring but ideally needs a drop back to Group 2 or lower.

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4th

5

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Point Lonsdale

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

pushed along soon after start, soon raced in second, lost second but in touch with leaders 6f out

20/1

6th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Point Lonsdale

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, soon went second, lost second over 2f out, weakened final furlong

66/1

8th

6

(5)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Point Lonsdale

9st 9lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: A P O’Brien

Proved suited by step up to 1m2f in the spring, winning Curragh Group 3 and Chester Group 2 on heavy/soft; good to firm ground perhaps wasn't ideal in the Coronation Cup but the bare form of that defeat, behind Emily Upjohn and Westover, gives him plenty to find in this similar event.

66/1

14/1

Form: 431011 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Progressive 3yo who justified favouritism in Ayr Listed event (1m2f, good to soft) four weeks ago, following up his Glorious Goodwood handicap win and taking record on going softer than good to 4-4 (3-3 on soft); now upped a lot further in class but would be interesting granted slow ground.

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5th

9

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Royal Rhyme

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

took keen hold, prominent, raced in second 6f out, briefly led 2f out

14/1

1st

6

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ayr

Royal Rhyme

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

took keen hold, chased clear leader, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong

13/8

1st

4

(2)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Royal Rhyme

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Both his wins were on soft going, latterly in a six-runner 1m2f handicap at Newmarket in May, and his form dipped in the London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good) on latest outing; off nearly 11 weeks since and his chance may depend on the ground.

14/1

Form: 6-1134 D

Last run: 105 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Better than ever in international Group 1 races in March/April, including two wins in Australia (good/soft); second in this contest in 2021 but only sixth last year and below par in the Eclipse when last seen; record at Group level on home soil is 0-6.

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1st

2

(2)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 1f 219y

Class 1

14:55 Kempton (AW)

Dubai Honour

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: William Haggas

Globetrotter who has won several Group races internationally, notably two at the top level in Australia; below best when returned to home soil for last two outings in 2023 but this is a big drop back in class; beat all bar Mostahdaf in Group 3 here on sole AW attempt; top on ratings.

6/4

6th

2

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Dubai Honour

9st 7lb

J: James Doyle

T: William Haggas

took keen hold, midfield

28/1

4th

1

(1)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

15:40 Sandown

Dubai Honour

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Better than ever in international Group 1 races (over 1m2f) this year, winning twice in Australia (good/soft) then respectable third in Hong Kong; went close in the 2021 Champion Stakes but finished only sixth in same contest last year, taking record at Group level on home soil to 0-5.

10/1

Form: 3-4421 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Took advantage of a drop back to Listed grade at Goodwood (soft) last month, not needing to be at his best; came up short behind Mostahdaf at Royal Ascot on last Group 1 attempt but is better than that, having finished a close third in this race last year; tongue-tie and blinkers are now applied.

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7th

4

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

My Prospero

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

took keen hold, soon led, headed 2f out

12/1

1st

3

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:40 Goodwood

My Prospero

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Hasn't made the expected further progress this season, though the bare form is still respectable, second in York Group 2 (dropped back from Group 1 level) most recently; close third in the 2022 Champion Stakes the last time he raced on softer than good; now returns to Listed grade for first time since winning last year's Heron Stakes; clear top on ratings.

5/6

Form: -32516 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Has form on soft; stepped up to 1m4f the last twice, winning the September Stakes then respectable sixth (faded late) in the Arc; disappointing behind Mostahdaf at Royal Ascot on last 1m2f attempt but won this race 12 months ago (good to soft) and warrants respect on that basis.

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8th

1

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Bay Bridge

9st 7lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

5/1

1st

2

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

13:35 Kempton (AW)

Bay Bridge

9st 7lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Last six starts have been at Group 1 level, including a win in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot (1m2f, good to soft) last October; solid efforts in his first two outings after returning in the spring, but off 80 days since finishing fifth of six in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good); favoured by the race conditions and has winning form on AW (Tapeta), but has never attempted this far before.

Evs

5th

2

(5)

21st Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Bay Bridge

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

1l second in this race last year (good to firm; 10-11 favourite) when caught out by a fine front-running ride on the winner; beat Adayar and My Prospero to win the Champion Stakes over C&D (good to soft) last October and he had to wait for a clear run when close second to Luxembourg in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh (10.5f, good) last month; key player.

3/1

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Non-runners

Mostahdaf

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £227.00
Straight Forecast £192.60
Tricast £649.60
Trifecta £1104.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

King Of Steel

TOPSPEED:

Bay Bridge

RP RATINGS:

Mostahdaf

Daily Mail:

Via Sistina

POSTDATA:

King Of Steel

The Times:

King Of Steel

The Guardian:

King Of Steel

D Express:

King Of Steel

The Star:

King Of Steel

Telegraph:

Mostahdaf

NEWMARKET:

Bay Bridge

Daily Mirror:

Bay Bridge

The Sun:

Bay Bridge

Daily Record:

Bay Bridge