British Champions Days at Ascot is one of the highlights of the year in horse racing in the UK. It is the end-of-the-season championship on the Flat calendar, so it often includes many of the leading horses from their respective divisions.
Here is a look at the best tips for this year’s meeting at the Berkshire racecourse.
Stradivarius, the Value in Long Distance Cup
There has been very little between Trueshan, Kyprios, and Stradivarius this season in the stayers’ division. Arguably the horse who has been the unluckiest of the three is the latter. He found traffic in running the Ascot Gold Cup, while in the Goodwood Cup, he went down by just a neck.
🥊 A glorious @Goodwood_Races Cup!!
The three big guns fight out a thriller with Kyprios seeing off the gallant Stradivarius & Trueshan for @Ballydoyle & Ryan Moore
🏆 G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup
🏆 G1 Ascot Gold Cup
🏆 G3 Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes
🏆 Listed Vintage Crop Stakes pic.twitter.com/iZJ3yTUwrO
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 26, 2022
Despite having consistent form in 2022, Stradivarius can be backed at 6/1 for the British Champions Long Distance Cup. He is likely to be one of the best horse racing tips for the card, as the former winner remains at the top of his game.
The eight-year-old did not enter the Doncaster Cup at the St Leger Festival this season. He should go into British Champions Day relatively fresh, for what could be the final assignment of his illustrious career.
Alcohol Free to Have More Sprinting Glory
Four-time Group One winner Alcohol Free had a lot of success over the sprint distances in the early stages of her career. Most of her runs since then have come over 1m, which has meant she has bumped into Baaeed on a few occasions.
The four-year-old filly dropped back to 6f in the July Cup at Newmarket on her penultimate outing and she showed all her speed, prevailing in a strong field that included Naval Crown, Perfect Power, and Creative Force.
Andrew Balding’s runner is the highest rated runner in the British Champions Sprint Stakes, yet she will be receiving 3lb from the opposite sex in the race. At 6/1 in the betting, she represents the bet for the 6f contest.
Classy Inspiral Can End the Season on a High
John and Thady Gosden’s filly Inspiral ended last season as the leading two-year-old filly. An injury meant she made a belated return to action in 2022, missing the Classics at Newmarket and Epsom.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 17, 2022
The daughter of Frankel made up for missing the Oaks by prevailing in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot by just under five lengths. It was one of the most striking performances of the season so far by a filly.
Defeat followed at Newmarket in the Falmouth Stakes, but she soon bounced back in France, landing the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois under the hands of her regular pilot Frankie Dettori.
Inspiral is the 5/2 favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes where she will be taking on the opposite sex once again. The talented filly will not need to worry about Baaeed, who looks set to run in the Champions Stakes, so this is a good opportunity for her to add to her tally.
British Champions Day takes place on Saturday, 15th October. There will be six races across the afternoon at Ascot.