bettrends Bulletin - Champions Day
The grand finale of the 2022 flat season is upon us with Champions Day at Ascot, and the bettrends team has you covered with expert analysis and selections from every single race as we look to bring the season to a close in fine style with our Champions Day Service.
The QIPCO-sponsored meeting is Britain`s richest race day where the best take on the best, shown in a glamorous roll of honour packed full of champions and superstars ranging from Stradivarius to Muhaarar and Frankel to Magical.
The day begins with the stayers and the Long Distance Cup, a gruelling test over two miles in which the cream of the crop rises to the very top. Alan King`s stable superstar Trueshan has won the last two renewals and the six-year-old will be bidding for the hattrick with Hollie Doyle on board. This was the race back in 2020 that he truly burst onto the scene with an emphatic seven length demolition job when only four-years-old and Alan King will be hoping for a similar performance to halt a string of defeats. He is likely to be a short price for the three-peat so our team will be delving deep into the alternatives to see if anything can knock him off his throne.
From one extreme to the other, we go from the stayers to the sprinters in an electric contest over six furlongs. Once again we have a reigning champion return to defend his crown from last year in the shape of Creative Force in the Godolphin blue who landed last year`s renewal for the formidable duo of Appleby and Buick. Without Highfield Princess, who has dominated the division this season, this renewal looks as open and competitive as ever and the bettrends team is on hand to help you navigate this tricky contest.
The bettrends team had a fantastic result in last year’s British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes as we advised Eshaada to give members a big winner against the hot favourite Snowfall. It wasn’t an easy victory though, as Jim Crowley on board just got the better of Albaflora in a tense finish that must have had backers sweating as Ralph Becket`s charge pushed our selection all the way to the line. That wasn’t the only success the team had in the Shadwell colours though, as Aldaary, also under Jim Crowley, duly obliged after being backed into favourite in the lucky last. Advised at 7/1 by our bettrends team, William Haggas` charge was favourite come the off after a fantastic day for Crowley who already had two winners in the blue and white silks.
The Champion Stakes is often seen as the main spectacle and with a classy list of superstar winners such as Frankel, Cracksman and Magical it doesn’t get much better. This year is no different from the rest, with William Haggas` dominant star Baaeed (pictured above, nearside) taking in his final race in the contest. He has conquered all before him at the mile and did not disappoint in the Juddmonte International when stepped up to this trip so will be looking to bow out in style here. It may not be plain sailing however with challenges from the likes of Derby winner Adayar looking to spoil the party.
We also have the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over the straight mile, which now looks much more open since the defection of Baaeed to the longer trip after ruling over the mile division with an iron fist. Inspiral will be looking to back up a Group 1 win in France whereas Modern Games will be returning from his Canadian escapades searching for a win back on home soil.
A fascinating day of racing littered with huge clashes and the bettrends team will be there to navigate you through and be on hand with expert analysis and points-based selections for each and every race.