Leg 1 – The Tin Man
Leg 2 – Hydrangea
Leg 3 – Addeybb
Leg 4 – Storm Over
Leg 5 – Riviere Argentee
Leg 6 – Raising Sand
Champions Day at Ascot plays host to four of this Saturdays £500,000 Scoop6 races, with a further two from Catterick to study in the quest for weekend riches.
My idea of the key to success at Ascot this Champions Day is to look for proven track performers who also act on soft ground.
With this in mind the opener looks set to go to The Tin Man. A three time course winner, including the Diamond Jubilee last year, he ploughed through the Haydock mud to land the Sprint Cup last time under Oisin Murphy and the pair can re-unite to land the Champions Sprint.
One horse we know who ticks the track and ground boxes is Hydrangea as she combined both to win last year’s Champion Filly and Mares race. She has had excuses for her three runs this campaign and although overlooked by Ryan Moore this afternoon, Donnacha O’Brien isn’t a bad reserve to call upon.
I’m siding with Addeybb to bookend the year with big victories. After impressively landing the Lincoln on soft ground in March, he won well in a Group 2 before disappointing on quick ground in the Lockinge. Off since, he looks worth a bet to win the QEII, having scored at Ascot last season.
History can repeat itself at Catterick as Storm Over looks to retain his ‘Dash’ title for Robert Cowell before Riviere Argentee is taken to enhance her fine course record to four wins from five starts in the fifth leg.
Finally, Raising Sand can follow up his clear-cut Challenge Cup victory a fortnight ago under his penalty in the concluding Balmoral Handicap. Nicola Currie retains the ride and can once again make use of his stands side draw.