Ascot betting tips: 17th October 2020

Racing guru Steven Dowler returns to tackle the Rollover £10,000+ Place 6 at Ascot on Saturday. Read his Ascot betting tips and join his Syndicate.

Ascot betting tips

13.20 – Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) – 1m7f

The staying king STRADIVARIUS has led all before him in this division since 2018 and although he wasn’t seen to best effect when only seventh in the Arc last time, he’s rated much superior on form to his rivals over this trip and it will be disappointing if he doesn’t resume winning ways.

Two-time Irish St Leger winner SEARCH FOR A SONG looks the main chief threat for the Dermot Weld team. She’s likely to stay two miles based on her previous solid form and providing she handles the softer ground, she should make the favourite work hard under the champion jockey, Oisin Murphy.

Of the rest, Aidan O’Briens’ DAWN PATROL recorded an excellent third in the Irish Derby (shade unlucky) before scoring last time out which was his first try over today’s trip. He remains unexposed over the staying trips and has the world-class Pierre-Charles Boudot on his back, which makes him an appealing contender.

Selections: STRADIVARIUS, SEARCH FOR A SONG, DAWN PATROL

13.55 – Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) – 6f

DREAM OF DREAMS flopped in this race a year ago but is a completely different proposition this season and arrives in top form having won the Sprint Cup at Haydock last time out. These conditions will hold no fears, so he’s a massive player under Oisin Murphy again.

Archie Watson’s likeable and battle-hardened GLEN SHIEL has been in terrific form this season, winning four times, notably the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. He was an excellent second to Dream of Dreams on first try in a Group One at Haydock last month and will make another bold bid here.

Selections: DREAM OF DREAMS, GLEN SHIEL

14.30 – Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) – 1m3f

We have some star fillies on show here and I quite like John Gosden’s MEHDAAYIH at double-figure odds. She did well last term, winning three times, including a Group Two on similar ground. She was far from disgraced in this race last year when a close-up fifth having been denied a clear run and shaped well in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on her sole start this year. Frankie Dettori has chosen to ride her again and I think she represents great value all things considered.

Ed Vaughan’s DAME MALLIOT is a dual Group Two winner, who went close to winning a Group One in Germany on her penultimate start before a good third in a strong Prix Vermeille last time out. She remains low mileage and is a big player under Hollie Doyle.

Selections: MEHDAAYIH, DAME MALLIOT

15.05 – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) – 1m

It’s very hard to overlook the claims of the unbeaten PALACE PIER, who has proved he’s ground versatile and has Group One winning form over C&D having beaten the brilliant Pinatubo here on his penultimate outing. He’s the clear top-rated at 126 and can make it 6-6 and provide connections with another winner in the race.

The main danger appears to be last year’s second and French raider THE REVENANT, who will love ground conditions and warmed up for this nicely with an excellent Group Two victory a couple of weeks ago in Paris. He’s likely to be bang on the premises under Pierre-Charles Boudot and is the obvious alternative.

Selections: PALACE PIER, THE REVENANT

15.40 – Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1) – 1m1f

This race looks mouthwatering and as much as I like Magical, I’ll be taking her on with the John Gosden-trained MISHRIFF, who continues to improve and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori. The ground and trip will be fine for him and although he’s never raced at Ascot, he’s rated the exact same as Magical at 121 and should make a bold bid given this race has been his long-term target.

SKALLETI adds further spice to the race having won a Group Two easily a couple of weeks ago and had earlier beaten Arc winner Sottsass. He’s unbeaten on this weekend’s forecast conditions and shouldn’t be far away.

Selections: MISHRIFF, SKALLETI

16.15 – Balmoral Handicap – 1m

A really tricky handicap to round off Ascot’s super card, but GRAIGNES could go well at a big price. He has strong French Group One form to his CV and has ideal conditions. He’s shown a lot of promise for new connections on his last three starts and could be well suited to the nature of this big-field race. Nicola Currie is booked to ride and he makes plenty of each-way appeal.

Jessie Harrington sends over NJORD, who is improving all the time and has been in good form all year. He ran well to finish fifth in the Irish Cambridgeshire on his penultimate outing and is only 2 Ib for this weekend’s event. Tom Marquand is a significant jockey booking and his mount looks set to run very well.

Selections: GRAIGNES, NJORD

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