Trainer Dermot Weld’s champions are set to dominate on QIPCO Champions Day 2014
Irish trainer Dermot Weld has an excellent record on QIPCO Champions Day and sends out two of his best this year; Free Eagle and Forgotten Rules.
Early last season Free Eagle was the talk of the tracks in Ireland and was fancied to go on to be a classic winner. That was not to be after his defeat to the mighty Australia, but his return at Leopardstown showed that all of the quality remained. Now in the Champion Stakes he will face a stiff challenge when taking on one of the very best on soft ground Cirrus Des Aigles. The French trained champion will be having his sixtieth race and looks near his zenith. However, Weld is a master planner and thinks that the colt is one of his very best.
Forgotten Rules is Weld’s chance of picking up the Long Distance Cup, where he faces the 2013 St Leger and Gold Cup winner Leading Light. Never extended at Punchestown or Galway Forgotten Rules could be anything.
The QE II is an interesting contest in which the improving Charm Spirit will have to beat the soft loving Night Of Thunder to be successful.
Le Bec and John’s Spirit will showcase their talent at Cheltenham.
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – FREE EAGLE (CHAMPION STAKES – ASCOT 4.05)
Always highly regarded, Free Eagle was beaten on his second outing by the imperious Australia. The horse was not seen again until his facile victory in the Group Three Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown last month. Expect the three-year-old to show his true champion credentials.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – VELOX E/W (BALMORAL – ASCOT 4.45)
Luca Cumani’s Velox finished second in the Cambridgeshire last month and with Cam Hardie on board today looks sure to go close again. The up and coming horseman has formed a strong partnership with the horse and takes valuable pounds of his rides back.
ARCHER’S SELECTION – FORGOTTEN RULES (LONG DISTANCE – ASCOT 1.45)
Archer would have known how well the master trainer plots a race with his horses. The style of the victory at Galway would not have been missed by the champion jockey.
Crockford’s QIPCO Champions Day Gambles:
Ascot – Forgotten Rules (Long Distance 1.45), Gregorian e/w (Sprint 2.20), Tasaday e/w (Fillies & Mares 2.55), Charm Spirit (QEII 3.30), Free Eagle (Champion Stakes 4.05) and Velox e/w (Balmoral 4.45)
Cheltenham – Johns Spirit (2.35), Tiger Roll (3.10), Le Bec (3.45), Act Alone e/w (4.25) and Splash Of Ginge (5.00)
Catterick – High Office (2.30), Ballesteros e/w and Duke Of Firenze e/w (3.05)
Kelso – Carlito Brigante (3.20)
(Featured Photograph – Dermot Weld at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)