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British Champions Day tips: Selections for all six Ascot races

There will be another thrilling finale to the Flat season at Ascot and we’ve got British Champions Day tips for all six races, with each contest covered live by ITV.

The UK’s richest raceday is taking place behind closed doors this year and armchair punters in 125 countries around the world have a host of big fields to get stuck into.

We’ve enlisted the help of PA’s Ashley Iveson to provide some pointers for the QIPCO-sponsored spectacular:

1.20 LONG DISTANCE CUP (Group 2)

STRADIVARIUS is likely to be a class apart from his rivals now reverting to a staying trip.

The triple Gold Cup hero is five from seven at Ascot overall, his two defeats coming in this race in 2017 and 12 months ago, when beaten a length and a nose respectively.

It is obviously not ideal that he ran in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe just a fortnight ago, finishing seventh, but he did not have too hard a time in a race that effectively turned into a sprint and will be more at home back over two miles on home soil.

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1.55 SPRINT STAKES (Group 1)

Northern raider ART POWER is given another chance to prove his top-level capabilities.

Tim Easterby’s stable star looked every inch a Group 1 performer in the making when destroying his rivals in handicap company at Royal Ascot and in a Group 3 in Ireland during the summer.

He was undoubtedly disappointing in the Nunthorpe at York, but fared better when fourth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock last month, where he actually looked a little outpaced late on.

Over a stiff six furlongs on an easy surface this weekend, he could bounce back to his best.

2.30 FILLIES & MARES STAKES (Group 1)

DAME MALLIOT has every chance of providing Ed Vaughan with a fairytale ending to his training career.

The four-year-old is right at home on soft ground and the form of her latest effort when third in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp looks excellent.

Winner Tarnawa followed up in the Prix de l’Opera and the runner-up Raabihah finished fifth in the Arc.

3.05 QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (Group 1)

Palace Pier is unbeaten in five starts and chasing a Group 1 hat-trick after beating Pinatubo here and Alpine Star at Deauville, but that record is reflected in his short odds.

A more attractive proposition is the Aidan O’Brien-trained CIRCUS MAXIMUS, who is two from two at Ascot, having won the St James’s Palace Stakes on the round course and the Queen Anne over this straight mile.

The Galileo colt is versatile in terms of going and, while he has significant ground to make up on Palace Pier on their meeting in France earlier this season, the more demanding nature of Ascot should at least help him close the gap.

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3.40 CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1)

LORD NORTH could be the value call in what is a mouthwatering renewal of this feature event.

The most likely winner of the 10-furlong showpiece is defending champion Magical, who has enjoyed another excellent campaign, and there was no fluke about her defeat of Ghaiyyath when landing a second Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last month.

However, the brilliant mare’s odds are skinny enough in such a competitive event and the temptation is to look elsewhere.

Lord North actually appears the second string of two runners for John Gosden, with Frankie Dettori partnering French Derby winner Mishriff.

But people can have short memories in racing and it was only four months ago that our selection produced a scintillating display to land the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting over this course and distance.

The five-year-old has run just once since, finishing a creditable third behind Ghaiyyath and Magical in the Juddmonte International at York in August.

Lord North has little over a length to find with the latter on that form and, returning to a track where we know he excels, it is not difficult to imagine him turning the tables under James Doyle.

4.15 BALMORAL HANDICAP

Irish raider KEATS appears on a workable mark after coming home strongly to land a Listed event at Cork last month and can end our British Champions Day tips on a high note.

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