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It’s the thrilling finale to the British Flat season as the leading horses and jockeys from around Europe descend on Ascot in their quest to be crowned the champions of 2021.

Who will be taking home the silverware this year? We endeavour to find out.

1.25pm British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)

Trueshan and Stradivarius will renew their rivalry at Ascot on Saturday a fortnight after the pair clashed in the Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp.

And after a thrilling battle up the rain softened home straight, it was the Alan King-trained Trueshan who forged on late to claim his second Group One success in superb style.

We make Trueshan the 11/8 favourite in our online betting market to make it back-to-back Long Distance Cup wins under Hollie Doyle, who reunites with King’s runner after being suspended for Paris.

John and Thady Gosden believe Stradivarius will bounce right back on Saturday’s sounder surface and that he can reverse the placings with Trueshan on Qipco Champions Day.

Another runner from this year’s Cadran – Princess Zoe, also reopposes. Tony Mullins' stable star could finish only fifth in her quest to retain her crown, but she should be an altogether better horse on much more suitable ground at Ascot.

Hamish looks the best of the rest for William Haggas.

Selection: Trueshan (WIN)


2.00pm British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)

A maximum field of 20 runners line up for the Champions Sprint with the betting is headed by the Tim Easterby-trained Art Power (9/2).

The King Power-owned four-year-old was last seen scorching the turf in what was a runaway victory in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh. Easterby's charge was also very close in this race last year which bodes well for his supporters.

Defending champion Glen Shiel lines up again for Archie Watson, with the same stable saddling Dragon Symbol, who would not be winning out of turn having been knocking on the door in top events all season.

Irish-raider Gustavus Weston is already a Group Three and Group Two winner, and performed with credit when sixth to Romantic Proposal in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

Trading at around 18/1 in our 888sport betting, he could be a surprise package here.

Veteran performer Brando was narrowly denied in this contest last season and his loyal fans will be piling in at 22/1 we’re sure.

Selection: Brando (E/W)


2.35pm British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1)

According to the official ratings Snowfall has got at least 10lb in hand of the opposition in this race but she is beginning to look a little jaded as the Flat season finally ebbs away.

Her decisive wins in the Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, plus her sixth in the Arc a fortnight ago may just have taken the edge off her and her rivals must be sensing blood.

Candidates to take down the Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on favourite comprise of Ralph Beckett’s Albaflora who was beaten four lengths by Snowfall at York in August but the quicker ground wouldn’t have suited her that day and she has been kept fresh since.

Eshaada went from being the Ribblesdale runner-up to coming home last in the Yorkshire Oaks but she could well bounce back and be a player.

Invite won at Chester last time, having been switched to the Andrew Balding yard, and she may well have a little bit more to give this season.

Selection: Invite (E/W)


3.10pm Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1)

Where exactly do you start in a race of this quality? There are so many good horses in this line-up that it’s almost impossible to rule any of them out.

The Gosden-trained Palace Pier has met with defeat only once in 10 starts, that ironically coming in this race 12 months ago.

This season he’s come back better than ever, completing a four-timer in the Prix Jacques le Marois. At odds of 13/8 in our 888sport horse racing betting, the four-year-old is sure to be a popular choice with punters.

Baaeed only came to the public’s attention in June but he has jumped up the rankings at a rate of knots since, winning a Group 3 at Goodwood before completing 5-timer in the Prix du Moulin.

The Revenant has a good record in this race, finishing second in 2019 before going one place better in 2020. The French star shaped well in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein last time out and will be a popular each-way choice in this 1m Group contest.

A possible dark horse in the field is the Godolphin-owned Master Of The Seas. The Craven Stakes winner was also a short-head second to Poetic Flare in 2000 Guineas and what a season that horse had.

After suffering a minor setback in May, the three-year-old shaped with plenty of encouragement when finishing third in the Joel Stakes.

Selection: Master Of The Seas (E/W)


3.50pm Champion Stakes (Group 1)

The Derby and King George winner Adayar will add some extra magic to proceedings when he lines up for this race on Saturday.

After recently finishing fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Charlie Appleby and his Godolphin team are keen for him to tackle the 1m2f showpiece.

The son of Frankel pleased connections in a workout earlier in the week and that gave the green light to everyone involved at home.

John and Thady Gosden's Mishriff has won more than £11million from just 13 races, one of those being the Saudi Cup in February, with Mishriff picking up a cool £7.3m for connections.

The joint top-rated horse in Europe deliberately bypassed the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for another tilt at this Champions Day blue-riband event.

Mishriff was last seen slamming Alenquer by six lengths in the Juddmonte International at York and must hold every chance here.

It would come as a major surprise if any horse other than the big two in the market were able to land a serious blow in this year’s Champion Stakes.

Selection: Adayar (WIN)


4.30pm Balmoral Handicap

The Balmoral is generally a wide open handicap but the betting suggests that the Gosden-trained Sunray Major is going to take some stopping on Saturday afternoon.

Just slipping into the handicap at the very basement, the four-year-old is two from two this season and his win here last time made punters sit up and take note of him.

Those considering a big each-way outsider may want to take a look at the Richard Hannon-trained Oh This Is Us (40/1), who is a course and distance winner and has sixteen career victories to his name already.

Selection: Oh This Is Us (E/W)


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FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th November 2020

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