Jack Hobbs To Be Crowned Champion

Jack Hobbs to be crowned champion on QIPCO Champions Day

Jack Hobbs may have had to play second fiddle to his imperious stablemate Golden Horn this season, but not today when he looks set to be crowned champion in the QIPCO Champion Stakes. The Gosden horse has only suffered two defeats in his short career, both being to Golden Horn. In any other season he would be seen as a superstar. Now he has the chance to take centre stage in what is a weaker than usual renewal of the Champion Stakes.

The Irish Derby winner has little to fear from the fear with the only unknown quantity being the highly regarded Fabre horse Vadamos.

Ground allowing the Queen Elizabeth II will see the clash of generations between Guineas hero Gleneagles and the five-year-old Group One winner Sollow. If both show the Champion Miler for the year will certainly be decided. Elm Park is an interesting outsider.

Today’s card at Ascot starts with a very open contest in the shape of the Long Distance Cup. The race looks open to the improving Litigant who is said to be in great form after an impressive victory in the Ebor.

The Sprint would seem to be at the mercy of the talented Muhaarar with the only concerns being the ground and the long season. Twilight Son, The Tin Man and Maarek are the main challengers for the Sprint title.

In the Fillies & Mares, the St Leger winner Simple Verse takes on the ultra-consistent Covert Love, but they may be surprised by the four-year-old Tapestry who has the ability to be a danger.

The Balmoral Handicap is open, where GM Hopkins and Ayaar look worth each way punts.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – JACK HOBBS (CHAMPION STAKES 3.05)

Connections are confident of a win with this very talented three-year-old. Unbeaten except by his imperious stablemate Golden Horn who defeated him in the Derby and Dante. In what looks a weak renewal compared to previous years, he will show his class.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LITIGANT E/W (LONG DISTANCE CUP 12.45)

A brilliant training performance saw Litigant become the winner of the Ebor on his seasonal debut. According to the trainer he has improved from that run which would put him right in the mix for this open looking renewal.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – GLENEAGLES (QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2.30)

Archer would not have been put off by the talk of will he won’t he run. It is certain if he does turn up to race the champion would fight to be on board this talented miler.

LUCKY CHANCER – MAAREK E/W (SPRINT 1.20)

Winner of the Sprint in  2012, he will love the conditions. This season he has put in some notable performances and seems to have built a productive bond with his jockey Jamie Spencer.

Crockford’s QIPCO Champions Day 2015 gambles:

Ascot – Litigant e/w (Long Distance Cup), Muhaarar and Maarek e/w (Sprint 1.20), Covert Love (Fillies & Mares 1.55), Gleneagles (Queen Elizabeth II 2.30),  Jack Hobbs (Champion Stakes 3.05), GM Hopkins e/w and Ayaar e/w (Balmoral 3.45)

 

(Featured photograph – Ascot by Stuart Rice)

QIPCO Champions Day 2015 Gambles: Saturday 17 October

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – JACK HOBBS (CHAMPION STAKES 3.05)

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LITIGANT E/W (LONG DISTANCE CUP 12.45)

ARCHER’S SELECTION – GLENEAGLES (QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2.30)

LUCKY CHANCER – MAAREK E/W (SPRINT 1.20)

Crockford’s QIPCO Champions Day 2015 gambles:

Ascot – Muhaarar (Sprint 1.20), Covert Love (Fillies & Mares 1.55), GM Hopkins e/w and Ayaar e/w (Balmoral 3.45)

Charlton Quest’s For More In Caulfield Cup

Trainer Roger Charlton will Quest For More in the Caulfield Cup with his talented stayer

Quest For More will be amongst three British raiders that have made the journey to Australia to contest the Group One feature. Charlton’s stayer is quoted at as high as 50/1 to take the race, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky being much more fancied at around 15/2. The Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris makes up the UK trio and is valued a 33/1 chance.

Quest For More has done nothing wrong this season and appears to have progressed with each run. With a strong pace almost guaranteed expect him to be thereabouts at the finish. However, it may be another foreign challenger that takes the prize in the form of the Japanese runner Fame Game.

(Featured Photograph – Roger Charlton by Stuart Rice)

Charlton Quest’s For More in Caulfield Cup

Trainer Roger Charlton will Quest For More in the Caulfield Cup with his talented stayer

Quest For More will be amongst three British raiders that have made the journey to Australia to contest the Group One feature. Charlton’s stayer is quoted at as high as 50/1 to take the race, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky being much more fancied at around 15/2.  The Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris makes up the UK trio and is valued a 33/1 chance.

Quest For More has done nothing wrong this season and appears to have progressed with each run. With a strong pace almost guaranteed expect him to be thereabouts at the finish. However, it may be another foreign challenger that takes the prize in the form of the Japanese runner Fame Game.

(Featured Photograph – Roger Charlton by Stuart Rice)

 

QIPCO British Champions Day Ante Post: Litigant 12/1

Ebor winner Litigant is excellent QIPCO British Champions Day Ante Post value

The 2014 All Weather Championship hero and Ebor winner looks excellent value at 12/1 with BetVictor for the Group Two Long Distance Cup.

Unbeaten since 2013, the lightly raced stayer is well placed to continue his winning run in what seems to be a weaker renewal of the race.

If trainer Tuite’s stable-star makes the line up expect his price to shorten and for the horse to go close.

(Featured photograph – Litigant at All Weather Championship 2014 by Stuart Rice)

QIPCO British Champions Day Ante Post: Litigant 12/1

Ebor winner Litigant is excellent QIPCO British Champions Day Ante Post value

The 2014 All Weather Championship hero and Ebor winner looks excellent value at 12/1 with BetVictor for the Group Two Long Distance Cup.

Unbeaten since 2013, the lightly raced stayer is well placed to continue his winning run in what seems to be a weaker renewal of the race.

If trainer Tuite’s stable-star makes the line up expect his price to shorten and for the horse to go close.

 

(Featured photograph – Litigant at All Weather Championship 2014 by Stuart Rice)

Expect Emotionless And Low Key Victories At Newmarket

Punters to expect Emotionless and Low Key victories in the feature races at Newmarket this afternoon

The Group One Dewhurst and the second leg of the autumn double the Betfred Cesarewitch make for a mouthwatering card for punters at Newmarket.

The Dewhurst (3.10) is certain to set the 2016 Classics markets alight when the highly regarded Air Force Blue and brilliant Emotionless clash to settle who is to be crowned champion two-year-old. O’Brien’s horse has done nothing wrong and has already picked Group One prizes. However, there seems to be something very special about the bloodless victories of Emotionless. Talk is that he is one of the best if not the best Godolphin have had in recent years. The colt’s victory over the classy Ibn Malik would suggest that is true.

The Cesarewitch (3.50) looks to be a vintage renewal with many of the great handicap plotters represented. The favourite Low Key was an impressive winner of the Trial a few weeks ago and punters should not overlook the confidence behind the horse from the stable. A low weight and talented Marquand onboard will see him go very close. There are dangers a many in the form of the Irish challengers (Quick Jack and Bayan to name a couple) and form the battalions of Sir Mark Prescott. Another to consider is the classy performer Oriental Fox for Mark Johnston who has done everything to suggest a bold show.

Chepstow’s inaugural Jumps Festival is a much welcomed innovation that will see the National Hunt season 2015/6 start with a bang this afternoon. With the big outfits sending out their teams expect the well respected Lanzarote winner Tea For Two to take the feature Silver Trophy in what is a competitive contest.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – EMOTIONLESS (NEWMARKET 3.10)

Emotionless was such a facile and impressive winner of the Champagne Stakes on St Leger Day that he had to enter everyone’s notebook. The colt is probably the best that Godolphin have had for sometime especially if he continues to improve and deliver on his work on the gallops. Expect a win and him to be favourite for the Guineas by 3.30.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LOW KEY E/W (NEWMARKET 3.50)

Trainer David Pipe told ATR viewers this week that the horse was his best chance of a winner this weekend and with that confidence behind him he should not be overlooked. Good winner of the Trial and plenty more to come.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – A YEAR TO REMEMBER (LIMERICK 2.40)

Archer would not have missed that the talented Joseph O’Brien stays in Ireland for this ride. On his debut he was heavily backed but failed to deliver. However, the booking suggests more to come.

LUCKY CHANCER – KAREZAK E/W (CHEPSTOW 3.55)

This Lucky Chancer contested many of the big prizes in his division last season without being disgraced. A winner at the course he is worth a punt at big prices.

Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:

Newmarket – Make Fast e/w (2.00), Beacon Rock (2.35), Emotionless (Dewhurst 3.10), Low Key e/w, Bayan e/w and Oriental Fox e/w (Cesarewitch 3.50) and Landofhopeandglory (4.25)

Chepstow – Altior (2.10), Regal Encore e/w (3.20), Karezak e/w (3.55),  The Liquidator e/w and Tea For Two e/w (4.30) and Sausalito Sunrise (5.05)

York – Persun e/w (1.45), Memorial Day (2.15), George Bowen e/w (3.25), Tadaawol (4.00), Navajo Chief e/w and Camagueyana e/w (5.10)

Hexham – Far From Defeat (1.50), Present Flight (2.25) and Miss MacNamara (4.10)

Limerick – A Year To Remember (2.40) and Tadaany e/w (3.45)

Fairyhouse – King Of The Picts (3.30)

(Featured photograph – Newmarket Rowley Mile by Stuart Rice)

Betfred Cesarewitch Day 2015 Gambles: Saturday 10 October

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – EMOTIONLESS (NEWMARKET 3.10)

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LOW KEY E/W (NEWMARKET 3.50)

ARCHER’S SELECTION – A YEAR TO REMEMBER (LIMERICK 2.40)

LUCKY CHANCER – KAREZAK E/W (CHEPSTOW 3.55)

Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:

Newmarket – Make Fast e/w (2.00), Beacon Rock (2.35) and Landofhopeandglory (4.25)

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Dynaste Set For French Date

David Pipe’s stable-star Dynaste looks set for French date for seasonal debut

Dynaste looks set to make his seasonal debut over hurdles at Autueil on Sunday. Pipe’s grey has been off the track since January when finishing behind Many Clouds at Cheltenham. With the yard hopeful a good season ahead, expect a big first run.

If he makes the crossing this weekend Dynaste is certain to be suited by the larger hurdles, if not he is likely to make a appearance on track very soon.

 

(Featured photograph – Dynaste at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)

 

Cesarewitch Ante Post: Low Key 7/1

David Pipe’s Low Key is no low key runner in the Betfred Cesarewitch this Saturday

David Pipe told watchers of ATR that his Cesarewitch runner Low Key was his best chance of a winner this weekend.  The lightly raced horse made a winning debut this season in the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket. Low Key has been gifted with a low weight and has the profile of a potential victor.

With Pipe’s confidence in Low Key known expect the handicappers price to tumble from 7/1 with firms to much shorter before the off.

At even bigger prices Sir Mark Prescott’s Deauville Dancer (25/1 SkyBet),  Mark Johnston’s Oriental Fox (20/1 Ladbrokes) and Irish raider  Bayan (20/1 Ladbrokes) catch the eye.

 

(Featured photograph – Pipe’s Whisper by Stuart Rice)