Champion Stakes features fascinating battle between speed and stamina as Adayar takes on Mishriff, while Baaeed faces tough test in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
- Adayar set for fascinating battle with rival Mishriff in the Champion Stakes
- Unbeaten Baaeed takes on Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
- The ground at Ascot should suit both Stradivarius and Trueshan
ITV Racing expert Francesca Cumani runs the rule over the feature races at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.
LONG DISTANCE CUP
It’s exciting that TRUESHAN and Stradivarius meet on ground suitable for both of them. Their past meetings have been on going which favoured Trueshan. I still favour the Alan King-trained runner to win for the second year running. He’s the stronger performer at the moment.
CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES
This is wide open. It is probably best to look for a contender at a longer price and HAPPY ROMANCE at 12-1 fits the bill. She was fourth in the Haydock Sprint Cup but beaten only a length and looks to be holding her form.
Adayar is set for fascinating battle with rival Mishriff in the Champion Stakes on Saturday
FILLIES & MARES STAKES
A slow pace was blamed when English and Irish Oaks winner SNOWFALL was second in the Prix Vermeille and she was subsequently sixth in the Arc but beaten less than five lengths. If the old Snowfall turns up, she is much the best in the field.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES
An exciting, deep line-up, with unbeaten Baaeed potentially a superstar. But he has won only one Group race, while PALACE PIER has six Group One wins on his record. Frankie Dettori’s mount was third in this last year but struggled in heavy ground. That won’t be an excuse today.
I still want to believe ADAYAR is the superstar he looked when winning the Derby and King George. He was fourth in the Arc but looked strong for a long way before testing ground found him out. He drops down in distance but the quicker tempo of race might suit a horse who races keen. Big rival Mishriff has more pace, so we could see a fascinating battle between speed and stamina.
Francesca Cumani is an ambassador for Qatar Racing, a subsidiary of QIPCO which celebrates its 10th anniversary of sponsoring the QIPCO British Champion Series this year — qatarracingltd.com