October 26, 2020

Today’s horse racing tips: Templegate’s NAP and best bets for the live ITV racing at Ascot on British Champions Day

Today’s horse racing tips: Templegate’s NAP and best bets for the live ITV racing at Ascot on British Champions Day

ASCOT

1.20

THE way STRADIVARIUS won the Ascot Gold Cup in June will live long in the memory. He destroyed his rivals by ten lengths as he sluiced through the soft ground. He has stiffer competition today but can add to his impressive five wins at the track.

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Trainer John Gosden got it right when he said his run in the Arc two weekends ago was little more than an exercise gallop such was the slow pace. So he should be fresh enough to end the season on a high over a trip that suits on going he likes.

Search For A Song looks a big danger after her impressive Irish St Leger success at The Curragh last month. She was winning that race for the second time and staying is clearly her game. This will be the slowest ground she’s encountered but she should handle on breeding and Dermot Weld knows what he’s doing.

Aidan O’Brien fires three darts with Broome the most interesting as he steps beyond 1m4f for the first time. He was fourth in last year’s Derby and shaped as though a longer trip would suit when last seen chasing home Ghaiyyath at Newmarket.

Ebor winner Fujaira Prince clocked a personal best when second in the Irish Leger. He won a big handicap at the Royal meeting over 1m6f and won’t mind some give in the ground. Andrea Atzeni could steer him into the frame.

Spanish Mission was impressive in the Doncaster Cup and is another with place claims.

1.55

SONAIYLA looks a massive price judged on her close third in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at The Curragh last time.

She finished with a real rattle over the minimum distance and will enjoy this extra furlong. A repeat of that effort should see her in the frame.

Dream Of Dreams has improved this year but there are still a couple of question marks over the favourite. He has run a stinker in this for the past two seasons and is yet to win at Ascot. That said, he was impressive in the Haydock Sprint Cup and will like the ground.

Oxted did really well to win the July Cup at Newmarket but he’s been off the track since. He’s had a wind op ahead of this comeback and can put in a big effort if handling this much slower surface.

One Master looks a threat after landing her third Foret in a row at Longchamp’s Arc meeting. She has good form at Ascot too and was a close second in this race 12 months ago. It would be no shock to see her match that.

Happy Power has strong form over seven furlongs including when landing a Newmarket Group 2 last weekend. His stamina could be an asset.

Brando has hit the frame in this contest three times and is capable of bouncing back from a modest effort at York.

2.30

EVEN SO (TREBLE) gets her favourite easy conditions here and can repeat the fantastic effort that saw her win the Irish Oaks in style two starts ago.

She found the ground too quick when midfield at Longchamp last month and can get back on track. This trip is ideal and Colin Keane being back in the saddle is another plus.

Antonia De Vega didn’t fire in this race 12 months ago but is in much better form this time around as she showed with a solid success at Newmarket latest. She has plenty of stamina which should be an asset.

Wonderful Tonight took a big step when winning a Group 1 in France 14 days ago. She relished the bottomless going there so any more rain would enhance her chances.

Dame Maillot has yet to win at this level but has been knocking on the door with back-to-back thirds at Cologne and Longchamp. Her Group 2 win against the colts at Newmarket in July was a classy effort so she should go well.

We have seen Mehdaayih just once this season when she chased home Lord North at Royal Ascot. John Gosden will have her tuned up after four months off and her last run over this trip was a winner. She is a solid each-way price.

3.05

PALACE PIER has looked the real deal since stepping from handicaps straight into Group 1 company. He burst on to the scene when lowering the colours of Pinatubo in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He enjoyed the give in the ground there and underlined his ability to go on soft when taking the Jacques le Marois at Deauville last time. He travels like a superstar and can keep his brilliant unbeaten run going.

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Century Dream looks a corking each-way bet if he can repeat the form of his Celebration Mile success at Glorious Goodwood. James Doyle was on board that day and is in the saddle again after William Buick was a bit keen on him at Leopardstown latest.

The Revenant is a major player having come back from a year off to win at Longchamp two weeks ago. He was a good second in this race 12 months ago when conditions were similar so has to be respected.

This will take some winning with the likes of Nazeef in the line-up. She relished dropping back to this mile when winning the Sun Chariot at Newmarket and is dangerous back against the colts.

Circus Maximus is all heart as he showed when winning the Queen Anne at the Royal meeting. He went close in the Sussex Stakes before two modest runs in France. His best would give him a chance.

3.40

MAGICAL (NB) clocked a big personal best when flooring superstar Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. That takes some doing for a five-year-old mare who has been winning at the highest level for a long time.

Each of her three runs at Ascot have been fantastic efforts including victory in this race last season. Some cut in the ground is fine and Mishriff has some improving to do if he’s to come out on top.

That’s entirely likely after John Gosden’s colt had little problem in winning a Group 2 at Deauville last time out in August. He swerved the Arc to come here instead with connections thinking this 1m2f is his ideal trip. The ground holds no fears and the allowance he gets as a 3YO will come in very handy.

Stablemate Lord North won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over course and distance at the Royal meeting before a solid third in the Juddmonte International. Frankie has chosen Mishriff but he’s not certain to be right.

Addeybb is an honest performer at this level but he was no match for Lord North when they met so he needs to take another step forward.

Pyledriver won over 1m4f at Royal Ascot and went close in the Leger so this drop in distance isn’t certain to suit for all he deserves to take his chance.

Derby winner Serpentine wasn’t disgraced at Longchamp and could nick a place given how few miles he has on the clock.

4.15

RAAEQ (NAP) was impressive when winning over seven furlongs here 15 days ago and has just a 6lb penalty to contend with.

He really enjoyed the track and handled the tacky ground. Stepping up to a mile holds no fears and there’s much more to come at this early stage of his career.

River Nymph got the better of a big field in style at Newbury latest and can figure again despite a rather harsh 11lb walk up the weights. He’s another who has gone well at the track and shapes as though this longer trip will be fine.

Bell Rock was a solid third in the Cambridgeshire over 1m1f and is off the same mark as his Royal Hunt Cup sixth over course and distance. He should be in the mix again.

Njord was beaten just over a length in the Irish Cambridgeshire two runs ago before a solid effort at Listed level. He stays well and Jessica Harrington wouldn’t send him over without a chance.

Tempus was well backed when sixth in the Cambridgeshire on the back of a convincing course and distance success last month. He’s creeping up the weights but is having just his fourth run of the season so may improve. 

ASCOT

1.20 Stradivarius

1.55 Sonaiyla

2.30 Even So (treble)

3.05 Palace Pier

3.40 Magical (nb)

4.15 RAEEQ (NAP)

STRATFORD

12.43 The Bull McCabe

1.13 C’est Le Bonheur

1.43 Clearly Capable

2.18 Homing Star

2.53 Dream Bolt

3.28 Pogo I Am

4.03 Game Line

4.40 Catlow

CATTERICK

2.00 Isle Of Lismore

2.35 She’s A Lion

3.10 Redrosezorro

3.45 Muscika

4.20 Glenties

4.50 Three Saints Bay

5.25 El Jefe

MARKET RASEN

2.11 Aggy With It

2.46 Copperless

3.21 Palladium

3.56 Le Patriote

4.31 Court Master

5.06 Going Mobile

5.36 Hear Me Out

WOLVERHAMPTON

4.55 Laurentia

5.30 Come On Linda

6.00 Folk Magic

6.30 Mizen Master

7.00 A Go Go

7.30 Inevitable Outcome

8.00 Moving Light

8.30 Taqareer

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