QIPCO Champion Stakes Betting Tips –
Season ending playoffs are increasingly common in lots of different sports. They’ve long been a part of American sport, they’re a big deal in golf and tennis and horse racing has tried to capitalise on their popularity.
Champions Day at Ascot was not universally welcomed when it was first introduced but it is now viewed with huge prestige as the best horses of the flat racing season come together to put on a show.
Each of Saturday’s races promises to be exciting encounters but the pick of the action for many people is the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
Quality a Prerequisite of the Champion Stakes
The Champion Stakes is the culmination of the Middle Distance British Champions series. As such, the betting contains many of the best middle-distance horses around so picking them apart is not going to be easy.
Thankfully there are some helpful trends that you should consider when picking your Champion Stakes bet.
This is a Group 1 and as such, it’s a race in which the cream usually rises to the top. Eight of the last nine winners had a win at 1m 4f furlongs to their name and the same number had won at Listed level or higher.
The quality of the winners means it’s rare to find a winner at over 6/1 while seven of the last nine Champions Stakes victors finished inside the top two in their most recent outing.
At this stage of the season, three-year-olds are used to racing their elders but last year’s winner, Almanzor, is the only one of the Classic generation to win the Champion Stakes since it’s switched from Newmarket to Ascot.
Past Five Winners
2016 – Almanzor, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget
2015 – Fascinating Rock, ridden by Pat Smullen, trained by Dermot Weld
2014 – Noble Mission, ridden by James Doyle, trained by Jane Cecil
2013 – Farhh, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, trained by Saeed bin Suroor
2012 – Frankel, ridden by Tom Queally, trained by Sir Henry Cecil
Barney Roy Can Provide Another Three-Year-Old Champion
Richard Hannon and Godolphin had very high hopes for Barney Roy this year. He was a very impressive winner of his only race as a juvenile but was relatively unknown before winning the Greenham Stakes in April of this year.
That win propelled him to a genuine contender for some of the biggest middle distance races of the season and he’s showed his class in them time and time again.
Barney Roy was second in the 2000 Guineas, he won the St James’s Palace Stakes, second in the James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and second in the Coral Eclipse.
Hannon thought his chances of winning last time out at York were compromised by getting embroiled in a scrap far too early. With different tactics, the trainer is very confident that a fresh Barney Roy can return to his best with a big win.
We’re also confident about his chances in the Champion Stakes and recommend snapping up the 5/1 that Bet365 are quoting on him while it lasts.
A Bit of Luck Can Provide a Nice Each-Way Return on Cliffs Of Moher
You can do all the research you want to arrive confidently at a bet on the horses, sometimes there is nothing you can do about a bit of bad luck.
Aidan O’Brien has had plenty go right for him this year (as with every other year of his career as a trainer) but even he has had reason to curse his luck when it comes to Cliffs Of Moher.
He would have won the Derby were it not for an outrageously strong finish from Wings Of Eagles and was even more unlucky in the Coral Eclipse when he was seriously hampered by some traffic in running.
The fickle world of horse racing means that those performances have pushed Cliffs Of Moher all the way out to a best price of 10/1 with Coral to win the Champion Stakes. That looks too big a price about this classy colt.