British Champions Day – Saturday 17th October

It’s British Champions Day at Ascot today, and it looks like a very good card. Just bear in mind the tricky ground conditions, and the fact this meeting can throw up some surprise results mainly due tot he time of year.

Here are today’s racing selections


Art Power (1.55) @ 11/1

Tim Easterby is still a trainer that doesn’t get as much praise as he should do in my opinion, and he is still viewed by some people as a good trainer in the north only. He is much more than that, and he trains this 3 year old colt.

Tim Easterby is still underrated in my opinion, and I think he can show how good he is with Art Power (above) today

His trainer describes him as “A lovely horse”, and he will have no issues with today’s softer ground given he is a son of Dark Angel. This is a competitive race, but I think the colt can live up to his trainer’s opinion of him today.

Antonio De Vega (2.30) @ 7/1

Ralph Beckett clearly holds this filly in high regard given that he has aimed her at this sort of level previously, and she has ran with credit. This looks like her best chance of landing a Group 1 race, as it doesn’t look as hard a race as some of the races that she has been contesting.

She is another horse that will like the softer ground given her breeding – a daughter of Lope De Vega – and I think she is overpriced here in my opinion.

Mishriff (3.40) @ 9/2

This 3 year old colt has been quietly picking up some nice races at Listed and Group 1 and 2 level (both in France), and he aims to win at Group 1 level in the UK here.

This could be the race of the day with the likes of Magical and Lord North in opposition, and I fancy John Gosden’s son of Make Believe chances of landing his first UK Group 1 race today. He has Mr Ascot Frankie Dettori onboard as well, which is a big positive.

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