TASLEET has been overlooked by the market in a fascinating renewal of the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (2.00) and he looks a touch of value at double figure prices. All eyes are on Harry Angel and Caravaggio at the head of the betting.
That duel is shaping up to be a tasty one, with Harry Angel confidently expected to come out on top after his stunning performance at Haydock in the Sprint Cup.
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However, I’m always coy about taking one standout piece of form on bottomless ground too seriously and there maybe scope for Tasleet, who chased him into second that day, to get a bit closer on a track which probably doesn’t suit Harry Angel’s speedy nature.
Tasleet is a game sort, who will be staying on strongly at line. I’m expecting him to reverse the form with The Tin Man from the Diamond Jubilee, beat Quiet Reflection and Caravaggio. That makes him a bet at 14/1 in the outright and also whatever price he gets chalked up at in the without Harry Angel market. Get on.
Of all the short prices on Saturday, RIBCHESTER looks the banker in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.15).
When on song he’s the best miler probably in the world as shown by his wins in the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne and Prix du Moulin this season.
I think he has a significant form edge over the three-year-old challengers, especially Churchill, who looks to be regressing with each run.
There’s a chance I’m following Cliffs Of Moher over the Cliffs Of Moher with the amount of money I’ve spunked on his chances this season – but he’s worth one more shot in the Qipco Champion Stakes (3.50), especially at 9/1. We’ve yet to seen the best of this horse over this trip.
The Derby runner-up was all set to challenge in the Irish Champion Stakes but found trouble up the inside – the least favoured part of the track – and did finish his race off well when in the clear.
With questions marks over the trip for Cracksman (too short) and Barney Roy (too far), let’s give the Aidan O’Brien horse one more try.
As long as the ground doesn’t get too boggy, then STRADIVARIUS should have solid place claims in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (1.20), although the most likely winner is most certainly Order Of St George now the rain has come.
However, he’s worth taking on at odds-on, with a theory that this year’s crop of three-year-old colts are above standard. If that’s the case then Stradivarius should give him a good race.
CORONET is a reliable sort over 12 furlongs and should run to her merits in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40).
Her price of 6/1 hardly jumps off the page, but three-year-olds have a good record in this event, which makes both Bateel and Journey vulnerable at the head of the betting.
John Gosden’s filly won the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot earlier this campaign easier than the winning margin officially stated.
This stiff track does suit her staying style, plus, she may just have the best piece of form to her name, courtesy of her close-up fifth in a strong renewal of the St Leger, where she mixed it with a very promising crop of three-year-old colts. I’d be disappointed if she doesn’t hit the frame.
1:25: STRADIVARIUS 13/2
2:00: TASLEET 14/1
2:40: CORONET 6/1
3:15: RIBCHESTER 2/1
3:50: CLIFFS OF MOHER 9/1