QIPCO British Champions Day is one of the largest flat horse race meetings in the UK. Aside from the Balmoral Handicap, the other five races on the map finish the British Champions Series.
By far the most prestigious races of Ascot Champions Day are the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for Miles (3:10) and the QIPCO Champion Stakes (3:50). In the first of these events, Palace Pier will face three year old challengers Baaeed and Alcohol Free.
In the 1m 2f Champion Stakes after that, Mishriff meets Adayar in another intergenerational battle. This is the heart of all flat turf horse races in the UK. Here, SportsLens experts are looking at the QIPCO British Champions Day support card with selections for three additional group races.
QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (1:25)
A highly anticipated rematch between Trueshan and Stradivarius just two weeks after the clash at the Prix du Cadran in Longchamp. This Group 2 2m Endurance Cup race was not friendly to the latter with only one win in four attempts over the course of the year. The concern of the 2020 winner Trueshan is that dry soil will not fit. It might be worthwhile to support yourself with younger, fresher legs here.
Hamish wasn’t the easiest to train but is two out of two over 1m 6f and ridden easily for his age. Coach William Haggas is hoping for a memorable day for the QIPCO British Champions with chances in the later co-feature races. Hamish, the September Stakes winner at Kempton on his late reappearance, is 6/1 with Betfred paying four places. This looks like a free bet in any direction.
The other game against the first two could be Irish St. Leger third Baron Samedi. He won the Belmont Gold Cup for Joseph O’Brien on this trip to the USA. Baron Samedi, a four-year-old, stuck with it and hit the frame the last time. The son of Harbor Watch is down to earth versatile, so 8/1 with Parimatch, which also pay in fourth place, is worth considering.
Back Baron Samedi with Parimatch
Qipco British Champions Sprint missions (2:00)
A competitive and treacherous renewal of the 6f Group 1 Champions Sprint Stakes with many opportunities. The usual suspects including the unlucky ones Kite symbol and new curragh winner Art power are prominent in betting. Rohaan is two out of two about course and distance, so that must have been a goal. David Evans books Ryan Moore for the ride, which in itself can be a tip.
Godolphins Creative power and Ralph Beckett-Runner Kinross, who has Frankie Dettori in the saddle again, have formed further. That would usually be a plus if the floor were put to the test at Ascot Champions Day. However, it looks like unusual drying conditions. Owen Burrows has the eye-catcher Mint Zal who finished second after a long break last time. He could be anything that comes back to QIPCO British Champions Day with a smart youthful back shape.
One of the most significant of the market owners is Richard Hannon’s three-year-old filly Happy romance. The daughter of Dandy Man is in top form in the Haydock Sprint Cup and was only beaten by one length to fourth. She finished ahead of Art Power, Creative Force, and last year’s Champions Sprint Stakes scorer Glen Shiel this day. Since bookmakers pay extra places, Happy Romance at Bet365 is a 20/1 chance.
Back Happy Romance in every way with Bet365
Qipco British Champions Mares & Mares Stakes (2:35)
Epsom Derby heroine Snowfall is the quota for the 1m 4f Group 1 mare and mare race on QIPCO British Champions Day this year. Your trainer, Aidan O’Brien, has won this competition twice in the past four years. The form of Snowfall, which also includes wins in the Musidora Stakes, Irish Oaks, and Yorkshire Oaks, sets a clear and obvious standard. However, she disappointed on two starts in France, including sixth in the Arc. Coming here after a tough race will be difficult.
There are fresher mares and mares. While it is disappointing to see that La Petite Coco is not from Ireland, Andrew Balding’s new recruit is prompt makes a big leap in class. Last time she beat older geldings in the list-level Stand Cup for Chester. There may be more to come. Becketts Alba flora Meanwhile, got within four lengths of snowfall in York. She’s now hitting the winner on 3 pound better terms, which may bring them closer together.
Albaflora, a four-year-old gray horse, is the only distance and distance winner in the line-up. Eshaada saw the shape of her second Ribblesdale stake from winner Living Dream who met over the Arc weekend. Roger Varian’s filly didn’t run at all behind Snowfall and Albaflora, so the latter is the safest option. It’s a free jed way bet at 5/1 at 888Sport.
Back Albaflora with 888Sport
2021 QIPCO British Champions Day Betting Tips
- Baron Samedi in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup E / W @ 8/1
- Happy Romance in QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes E / W @ 20/1
- Albaflora in QIPCO British Champions Mares & Mares Stakes O / W @ 5/1
- Alcohol Free at Queen Elizabeth II Stakes O / W @ 9/1
- Mixed riff in QIPCO Champion Stakes @ 6/4