SAY Hello in the Champions Sprint. HELLO YOUMZAIN clocked a massive personal best when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup last time over this trip. He relished the give in the ground there and had plenty left crossing the line.
He is one of the fresher horses at the end of a long season and has more to offer. The Tin Man chased him home last time is another who loves testing going.
He won this in 2016 and saves his best for this track. He’s a cracking each-way shout. Advertise is the classiest horse in the field and saw out the extended 6f when winning a Deauville Group 1 latest.
He hasn’t encountered ground like this which is the worry. If he handles it, he’ll go very close under Frankie. The past two winners of this line up again with solid place claims.
Defending champ Sands Of Mali hasn’t run since Royal Ascot and clearly loves this time of year. He goes well on soft.
2017 winner Librisa Breeze stays well and is another who likes the ground. He could bounce back. Make A Challenge is in great form and deserves this hike in class after a Listed win at The Curragh.
One Master landed a Group 1 over 7f in France last time and went well here in the Queen Anne over 1m. The ground may bring out her staying power.
THEY all have to play second fiddle to STRADIVARIUS again. Given that the ground on the inner Flat course is much better than the straight, it’s hard to see any of his rivals landing a serious blow.
John Gosden’s star cruised through another amazing season and didn’t have to get out of second gear to land the Doncaster Cup last time.
That was on the back of defending his titles at York, Goodwood and here at the Royal meeting. He showed all his class to win this 12 months ago and can strike again.
Kew Gardens looks clear best of the rest with this step up to almost 2m holding no fears. He came back from a break to finish a good second in the Irish St Leger at The Curragh last month and he won’t mind some juice.
Gosden will be hoping for a one-two as Royal Line deserves his place in the field. He stepped up on his handicap wins when taking the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton last time.
He’s taking a big hike in distance from that 1m4f contest but shapes like he’ll get home especially as he’s a fresh horse with just two runs this term.
Owner Tony Bloom landed the Cesarewitch last week with Stratum and has an each-way chance through Withhold. He stays and cruised to Listed success at Newmarket latest.
TAKE a tip from Frankie and back STAR CATCHER in the fillies and mares’. John Gosden has got two massive chances and he’s gone for the daughter of Sea The Stars ahead of Anapurna.
That must have been a tough call as he steered her to Group 1 success at Longchamp 14 days ago. But Star Catcher has improved in leaps and bounds this season.
She won the Ribblesdale here at the Royal meeting and followed up with big wins at The Curragh and Longchamp. Her Prix Vermeille win last time was impressive and the ground suits.
Fleeting didn’t get much luck when a close second at the Arc meeting. She had to switch late on which cost her the win. It was only 13 days ago in the mud which may have taken plenty out of her.
Dermot Weld raiders are always respected and his Tarnawa has a live chance. She had lots in the tank when scoring at The Curragh last month and this longer trip is a plus.
Antonia De Vega hasn’t been seen since an impressive Newbury victory in June. She likes it soft and comes here a fresh horse after that break.
Sun Maiden had the door slammed on her when fourth in a Kempton Group 3 last time. She is better than that and is capable of improvement for Sir Michael Stoute.
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BENBATL can win the war. He came back from a year off to run away with a Group 2 at Newmarket last month.
That was an impressive effort and Oisin Murphy barely had to move as he cruised home. The opposition is stronger here but that was very slick and he has three wins under his belt at this level.
The ground is something of an unknown but he’s the class act in the field. The Revenant is proven in the mud and landed a convincing win at Longchamp’s Arc meeting.
That was just 14 days ago but he’s won before when turned out quickly. He has no distance issues and looks the main threat. Newmarket 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia picked up an injury when favourite for the Irish version and hasn’t run since.
He clearly has lots of class and Aidan O’Brien will have him fit and ready. He’s done all his racing on quicker ground but is a player.
Lord Glitters won the Queen Anne at the Royal meeting but hasn’t fired twice since. His liking for this track brings him into contention.
Safe Voyage is a confirmed mudlark who could place at long odds. He wasn’t disgraced when meeting trouble in running at Longchamp.
CORONET can give Frankie Dettori and John Gosden their third Champion Stakes in a row. She may not be in Cracksman’s class but this doesn’t look the strongest renewal of this race.
Her Group 1 hoodoo has been firmly laid to rest this season with a couple of good wins in France, including over this trip last time.
She comes here fresh and that could give her the edge over Magical who beat her in the Fillies And Mares race last year.
Aidan O’Brien has yet to win this prize and has failed with other hopefuls coming from a hard race in the Arc. That is what Magical had less than two weeks ago and it could take its toll.
If the ground was as soft on this track as the straight, you’d have to fancy Addeybb. His record in the mud is fantastic and he took a Haydock Group 3 in great style last time.
It was heavy that day and there was plenty of give when he won the Wolferton Stakes over course and distance. That was his second Ascot victory and he’s a major threat despite ground concerns.
Deirdre won the Nassau at Glorious Goodwood and had traffic problems when fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes. This trip suits well but she wouldn’t want it too soft.
Mehdaayih struggled at Longchamp last time but was just behind Deirdre at Goodwood. She may just be better over slightly further so has something to find.
CLON COULIS can run another mighty race at Ascot. She was beaten on the nod in the Royal Hunt Cup on her last visit. She relished the testing ground that day and goes off the same handicap mark.
She had no luck in running at Newmarket last time and should go well from a decent low draw. Lord North was punted off the boards before landing the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket with plenty left in the tank.
He’s got few miles on the clock and should go well again given he’s handled soft going before. Kynren finally got his head in front in good company here 14 days ago after a run of near-misses.
He has another 6lb penalty to shoulder and may prefer 7f but should be competitive. Amedeo Modgiliani is still improving and was unlucky when a close fourth in a Cork Listed race latest.
He was hampered when finishing well and is better than that. Kick On drops back into a handicap after battling well to take a Salisbury Group 3.
That was back in August so he’s had a break and this trip suits. Dark Vision stays further than this which could be an asset in the conditions. He was a solid third in the soft at York latest and is another to consider.
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1.35 HELLO YOUMZAIN (NAP)
2.45 Star Catcher (nb)
4.40 Clon Coulis (treble)
2.15 Golden Hind
2.50 Captain Dion
4.30 Captain Jameson
5.00 Jan De Heem
5.35 Only Orsenfoolsies
1.45 Mercy Mercy Me
2.20 Telegraph Place
2.55 First Quest
3.30 Native Robin
4.35 Hurricane Rita
2.00 Hotter Than Hell
2.35 Present Chief
3.10 Anytime Will Do
4.20 San Benedeto
4.55 Dallas Cowboy
5.30 Don’t Go Gentle
2.25 Miss Honey Ryder
3.35 Dr Sanderson
4.15 Le Prezien
4.50 Beni Light
5.05 Colonel Slade
5.40 Crystal Pegasus
6.45 Earl Of Bunnacurry
7.15 With Caution
7.45 Dubai Tradition