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Ascot British Champions Day Tote Placepot picks — Saturday Tips
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Ascot British Champions Day Tote Placepot analysis
Race 1: Ascot 1.20
Three-times a Gold Cup hero here, including on soft ground, Stradivarius seeks to win the Long Distance Cup for the second time in his career. John Gosden's star stayer is proven on the ground, unlike many of these rivals and shouldn't be harshly judged on defeats over 1m4f this season.
This is his wheelhouse and he's going to be very hard to topple under Frankie Dettori.
Don't discount a big run from the returning Broome for Aidan O'Brien at a price. He handles soft ground, goes well fresh and is well worth a try at this extended trip.
Selection(s): No.1 Broome, No.7 Stradivarius
Race 2: Ascot 1.55
The Sprint Cup winner Dreams Of Dreams is favourite here but he flopped on similar ground last year and may be worth opposing at a track where he's 0-5 despite some fine efforts in defeat.
July Cup winner Oxted has undergone wind surgery since that Newmarket success and promises more should the ground not prove a problem.
Also firmly in the mix should be the unbeaten Starman for the Ed Walker team. He dispatched the likable Dakota Gold readily at York last month when stepped up into Listed company and could become the third three-year-old winner in six years.
Selection(s): No.7 Oxted, No.11 Starman
Race 3: Ascot 2.30
Dame Malliot had a few of these behind in the Prix Vermeille last month at Longchamp and that's strong form. Ed Vaughan's filly should go well under the in-form Hollie Doyle.
June's Ribblesdale winner Frankly Darling is perhaps flying under the radar back here with Rab Havlin on board. She made no inroads behind Love in two starts since but is effectively in 'calmer waters' with that superstar missing and can thrive back at the scene of her personal best with no concerns on testing ground.
Selection(s): No.2 Dame Malliot, Mo.7 Frankly Darling
Race 4: Ascot 3.05
The unbeaten miler Palace Pier will be very hard to topple in the QEII for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. He's still very much on the upgrade having won the St James's Palace at the Royal Meeting and added the Prix Jacques Le Marois on heavy ground at Deauville in August. He should have too much for his rivals.
Selection(s): No.12 Palace Pier
Race 5: Ascot 3.40
Aidan O'Brien's teak-tough mare Magical lowered the colours of Ghaiyyath in Ireland last month and has an outstanding chance of emulating Twice Over and Cracksman as dual winners of this race since the turn of the century. An eighth career Group 1 beckons and a third Champions Day victory.
Lord North was impressive here in June, will handle testing ground and, on his Juddmonte run behind the mare in August, is well positioned to take advantage if she slips up.
Selection(s): No.5 Lord North, No.8 Magical
Race 6: Ascot 4.15
The only handicap on the card and the Balmoral can routinely throw up a future Group-race performer in the making. Both Raaeq and Tempus fit that bill.
The former was most impressive over 7f here last time out and may still have plenty in hand despite a 6lb penalty, while Roger Charlton's C&D winner can atone for a lesser run in the Cambridgeshire with soft ground and a return to a mile favourable.
Selection(s): No.16 Raaeq, No.17 Tempus
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