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Jack can be the lad in Champion Stakes at Ascot

16 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Jack can be the lad in Champion Stakes at Ascot

One of the best day's racing anywhere in the world, it could be the three-year-olds who provide punters with the best opportunities on Saturday

Jack Hobbs is a high-class horse, having already won the Irish Derby and finishing second in the English equivalent this season.

At 6/5 he is a worthy favourite for the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

He is taken to land the short odds in Saturday’s Group One.

The main worry would be the wide draw but his class should be enough to overcome this obstacle.

Saturday’s drop-in trip should pose no worries for potential punters after seeing his 12-length demolition job of a Sandown handicap at the start of the season, over the one-mile, two-furlong distance.

The main opposition is likely to come from Aiden O’Brien’s Found. Priced up at 4/1, which makes her second favourite, this filly is set to give a good showing.

On her last racecourse appearance she was ninth in the Arc, finishing only five lengths behind the winner. That performance came despite suffering interference early in the home straight.

The main worry regarding Found would be her failure to win a race at the highest level this year. Despite coming close many times, she has failed to get her head in front.

The potential unknown quantity is Vadamos for master trainer Andre Fabre.

Vadamos has won two from two since joining Fabre’s stable including a German Group Two earlier this month. However this could be a step up too far for the 11/2 shot.

Great each-way value in the QEII

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes could provide great value in the form of Elm Park – he is currently priced at 16/1.

With three places being offered for each-way bets, punters have a great chance to collect.

Elm Park showed brilliant two-year-old form which culminated in his victory in the Racing Post Trophy.

He is currently undefeated over Saturday’s one-mile trip, which should provide great encouragement to punters seeking value against the favourites.

Any chance of showing his true ability in Epsom’s Derby was blown by being far too keen. He provides a great play against 11/10 favourite Solow.

The credentials of the favourite are obvious given his record of eleven wins in his last 12 starts.

This has been topped off by four straight Group One successes, one of which came at Ascot’s Royal meeting.

Much of the pre-race hype has been surrounding Gleneagles, although the dual Guineas winner is once again not certain to run despite his entry.

Should he run he would be the one to beat given his brilliant performances this season. However, the doubts over his participation mean there should be caution over his current price of 7/4.

Forgotten set to rule again at Ascot

A former winner on Champions Day, Forgotten Rules could once again be the star of the show.

It was a fantastic win last year after only having one start on the flat. Forgotten Rules is priced at 5/1 to repeat last year’s win in a very open renewal.

A major positive for Dermot Weld’s runner is that conditions at Ascot are set to be on the softer side of good.

Forgotten Rules’ best performances have come with cut in the ground so potential backers will be delighted to hear about softer ground.

One horse to already beat Forgotten Rules this year is Agent Murphy. He is also priced at 5/1.

Forgotten Rules is taken to beat him home this time. Saturday’s trip should suit Forgotten Rules more than his chief market rival. Agent Murphy is yet to encounter the two miles which will experience on Saturday.

In such an open race, it may be worth consider one at a slightly bigger prices. 9/1 chance Litigant should be one in everyone’s considerations. With only eight runs he could still have progression in him.

Litigant won the ever competitive Ebor last time out despite a long layoff. He could be more than capable of taking the step into Group Company. He could enhance his already stellar record of six wins from eight runs.

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