Champions Day Supremacy At Ascot By Sarah Shannon

It's Champions (cue the Champions League music) Day at Ascot, and today could finally be the day that Ballydoyle wins that elusive Group One winner and breaks the long-standing record.

Order of St George is the clear favourite to take the opener at Ascot.  He was a little under par when running in the Arc, but his performances earlier this year at the Curragh, and here at Royal Ascot certainly show his class.  Taking on Big Orange once again here, if he is to pick up the victory, I feel he'll have to push on early and not let 'The Orange' lead from the front. 

The Champion Sprint Stakes looks as though it's Aidan's  for the taking, and if the race goes his way, we could be seeing a potential one-two-three finish.  

Caravaggio is my runner of choice in this race and my best bet on the card today.  Defeating Harry Angel on this course earlier this year,  he took to Ascot well, and I believe he can do it again here today. 

You have to go further into the betting to find our other three runners today with Washington DC, Intelligence Cross and Alphabet all at enticing odds of 50/1 or above. If you fancy an each-way punt here, our top fancy is Intelligence Cross. 

Hydrangea has been in her best form of the season in her last two races picking up a win and second-place finish.  Priced 6/1 here, stamina is the only concern we foresee here, but if she can find that, she should match French raider Bateel.  Stable companion Wild Irish Rose could be the pacemaker here, but she has promising form of her own, so could surprise us here. 

We've got another three to choose from in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and it's Churchill that's our runner of choice here, and one of my personal favourites.  If he can refind his early season form here,  we expect a strong performance. With Lancaster Bomber and Sir John Lavery to lend a helping hand here today, we're going to put our colours on the line and go for one-two double with Lancaster Bomber's run at Woodbine strongly playing on our minds. 

Highland Reel has a strong foe to overcome in Crackmans in the Champion Stakes here, but he will look to follow up his Royal Ascot win by passing the post first.  The groud could be a little too soft for him here, but we have confidence in his ability here. Cliffs of Moher also goes to post alongside Highland Reel, and he looks a solid each-way chance at 9/1. 


Ballydoyle Raise the Flag at Newmarket By Sarah Shannon

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Breaking the record of 25 Group One races in a season is getting closer for the team at Ballydoyle, and if results go their way, today could be the day. 

Kew Gardens is favourite to take the opening race at Newmarket, and after some strong runs this season, I believe he'll make a smart stayer next year. A second place finish to stablemate Nelson sets him above the pack here, so he should round off the season with a convincing victory. 

You have to look quite a way down the card to find 12/1 chance Flag of Honour in the second race, but, I'm still not ruling out a first place finish. Victorious on his last outing at Naas, he pushed on in the hands of Seamie Heffernan to land a comprehensive win, and if we see something similar - that price of 12/1 is a steal.

Ballydoyle sends three to the Dewhurst, and with another Group One set firmly in their sites - could this be the race that breaks the record?

Pick of the bunch is US Navy Flag - a horse which is a personal favourite of mine. Heading to the Dewhurst looking for a hat-trick following his recent victory in the Middle Park Stakes, he looks too good to be priced 8/1. 

I can't rule out Seahenge here after winning at Doncaster last time out, and at 11/1 he looks a tempting each-way chance in the betting, so I'm banking on him coming strong to finish behind his stablemate. 

There's also two 66/1 chances for you to have a punt on in this race with Mendelson and Threeandfourpence.  My preference is for the latter of the two, but both of them will have to pull something special out of the bag if they're going to win here - so if you're going for one of these to,  each-way betting is the way to go. 


Newmarket Domination on the Cards By Sarah Shannon


Friday's card at Newmarket is packed full of Aiden O'Brien runners, so we've taken a look at his best chances for race winners.

With only one runner in the first race, it's down to Battle of Jericho to show his worth and cause an upset. An 8/1 chance, his victory in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood showcased his pedigree, so he should be strong enough here if he reproduces that form.

It's a choice of two in the second race on the card, and although we're a big fan of Butterscotch, it's I Can Fly that catches the eye here.  Winning at Dundalk on his debut last month he makes the move to turf here, where it looks as though she'll kick on further ready for next season.

In the third race on the card it's Cougar Mountain who is the lone O’Brien runners, he hasn't had the best of seasons, but we'd be happy to see him placed to finish the season strongly.

The Fillies Mile is the big one on the card for O'Brien followers today, with two top-class runners to choose from all of them have the potential of passing the post first here.

With Happily now out of the race, our focus switches to Magical and September.

Magical started the season strongly with wins at the Curragh and Cork, but makes her first ever trip to Newmarket here and only her second to the UK. Ryan Moore is now in her saddle for the race today, if she gets a good position, she should run well.

September has been a favourite of ours throughout the season, and showed her class with a Chesham win at Royal Ascot.  She is 6/1 to pick up the victory here at Newmarket, and could be the one to pick up the victory here.

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