Our latest ITV racing tips feature all six races from British Champions Day at Ascot, the richest Flat card staged in the UK.
Punters can get stuck into four Group 1 contests, a Group 2 event and a competitive handicap to round things off and we’ve got selections from PA Sport’s Keith Hamer.
1.25 FLAG OF HONOUR (nap)
Aidan O’Brien decided to supplement his Irish St Leger winner at the five-day stage and can be rewarded with victory in the British Champions Long Distance Cup.
The Ballydoyle trainer already had Sir Erec and Cypress Creek engaged but clearly feels this is the one to end the winning run of Stradivarius, who has failed to sparkle on soft ground before.
Kevin Ryan’s valiant six-year-old has finished second in the July Cup at Newmarket and Haydock’s Sprint Cup this term and his turn can come in what is a wide-open renewal of the British Champions Sprint Stakes.
2.40 LAH TI DAR
This regally-bred three-year-old is expected to hit the right note as she takes on her own sex in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes after only losing out to Kew Gardens in the St Leger.
It was a brave decision to take on the colts, especially over an extended mile and three-quarters, and she was beaten more by experience than anything else.
Karl Burke’s stable star can cap a magnificent season by taking her Group 1 haul to five in 2018, and six in all, by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Her latest success came only two weeks ago, but she has been giving her trainer the right signs and persuaded connections to supplement at a cost of £70,000 at Monday’s confirmation stage.
Laurens may be taking on the colts for the first time, but nothing fazes her and a dogged determination to win can see her over the line again.
John Gosden’s charge can end his brilliant racing career on a high by winning the Champion Stakes for the second year running.
The rain that has fallen this week has been manna from heaven for the soft-ground loving colt, who frustratingly had to sit out a crucial part of the season due to the long, hot summer.
Rewind to 12 months ago, with the essential cut in the ground, and Cracksman served up probably his best-ever display when he routed the opposition as he came home seven lengths clear of Poet’s Word (pictured above).
It looked like the colt was set to dominate in 2018, but that was not the case, despite a blistering comeback success in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April.
Cracksman made heavy weather of overhauling Salouen in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and was then surprisingly beaten by Poet’s Word in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
However, following a four-month break, Cracksman is reported to be in superb shape for his swansong and will wear blinkers for the first time to keep his mind on the job.
He looks a good bet to headline a cracking card and our latest ITV racing tips.
David Barron’s four-year-old has been knocking on the door in competitive contests all year and is taken to secure a deserved success in the Balmoral Handicap.
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