As QIPCO Champions Day approaches Crockford casts his eye over what could be the value bets and prices of Saturday’s card
Champion Stakes – Frankel 2/9 (William Hill)
Last weekend punters would have been lucky to have found better than 1/8 on about Frankel, but as the days of this week have passed he has drifted out to 2/9 with some firms. Crockford can assure punters this price will give you a better return for your money than the Bank of England.
Champion Stakes – Nathaniel 11/1 (Ladbrokes) e/w
11/1 does look massive when you think that he is the horse that has probably got the closest to the super colt in his career. There would also be something poetic about Frankel starting his career with Nathaniel finishing second to him and ending it the same way. Of course Cirrus Des Aigles is a quality horse but Crockford doesn’t think there should be a seven point difference between him and Gosden’s challenger in the betting.
Sprint Stakes – The Cheka 20/1 (William Hill) e/w
Running consistently all season The Cheka deserves to be respected in this race given the ground and distance. 20/1 is a massive each way price for a horse who as mixed it in some quality contests this year.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – Most Improved 20/1 (most firms) e/w
If he returns to his Royal Ascot form he would certainly have each way claims. He would have to live up to his name if he was to go anywhere near troubling Excelebration though.
Fillies & Mares Stakes – Was 15/2 (Paddy Power) and Shirocco Star 8/1 (William Hill)
The Oaks first and second look excellent each way value for this race and Crockford would expect some support to come for them before the off on Saturday. If Great Heavens has come out well from her respectable Arc run she would be the probable winner but she looks short comparing to these at 5/2.
(Featured Photograph – The Cheka at Goodwood 2012 by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Was after the Nassau Stakes 2012 by Stuart Rice)