Wednesday 13 December 2017

Almanzor to be ace

French Derby winner heads to Ascot as the fresher horse and looks to be solid choice

Found will probably have to play second fiddle to Almanzor in the Champion Stakes at Ascot
Found will probably have to play second fiddle to Almanzor in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Ascot have their day in the sun tomorrow afternoon with British Champions Day and after a cracking Irish Champion Stakes and a very memorable Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, British Champions Day is certainly right up there in terms of quality - and so it should be.

The ground may not be ideal for top-class Flat horses, but it's certainly not bad enough to be used as an excuse like in previous years.

The QIPCO Champion Stakes is the feature contest and promises to be another classic horse race.


The winner of the Irish Champion Stakes, Almanzor, will face the winner of the Arc, Found, and last year's British Champion Stakes winner Fascinating Rock is also thrown into the mix, along with others, to form a high-class field of 11 runners.

Found finally managed to get her head in front this season in a major and for her connections it was certainly worth waiting for, but Almanzor just continues to do absolutely everything asked of him and the fact that he didn't feature on Arc weekend has to be a positive for the French Derby winner.

Almanzor comes here the fresher horse, and arguably getting better with each race, so he looks the solid choice.

Aidan O'Brien has been just sending out an incredible amount of winners lately in Group One company, and filling the places as well, so it would be a big price for him to leave Ascot empty handed tomorrow. With Minding lining up in the QEII and Seventh Heaven in the Fillies' And Mares Race, he looks set for a good afternoon.


Just like the Champion Stakes, the QEII is a fantastic looking race. The two Irish Guineas winners take on the two English Guineas winners, with the vastly improving Ribchester also in the mix.

Confidence is high regarding English 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold. However, this could be another one bound for Ballydoyle and an incredible seventh Group One for the daughter of Galileo.

British Champions Day has been good to Dermot Weld and he goes back with a couple of live chances, and Forgotten Rules could be the best of them. If Order Of St George brings his Arc form to the table, you'd have to say he's going to be hard to beat, but Forgotten Rules shouldn't be ignored. This classy sort is something of a forgotten horse, but he's always been held in high regard and will be primed here.

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