The British Flat racing season comes to a crescendo with British Champions Day at the world renowned Ascot course on the 15th but who’ll take home the trophies in this cavalcade of equestrian prowess, and there’s nothing like a bit of Ascot betting at Bet365 to brighten up an autumn weekend, so lets take a look at some of the highlights to look out for and the horses to back.
Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot is the final chance for the major stables to make a European statement before rushing off overseas for events like the Breeders Cup and will a full day’s racing on the card there’s something for everyone from long distance to sprints as well as the headline race of the day, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and if you like to bet on sports in the UK at Bet365 and its ilk that alone is an unmissable finale to flat racing’s calendar, and provide some superb autumnal Ascot betting.
British Champions Day
- October 15th
- Flat racing’s finale
Kicking off are the endurance mounts in the Long Distance Cup where Order of St George will be one to watch, a strong performance in France in the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe put’s it favorite but Simple Verse and Quest for More will be battling hard for the first win of the day, and anyone going to Ascot betting that the dry weather forecast will actually see clear skies make an appearance just doesn’t understand British weather, and if the going is less than firm who know what might happen.
Flat Racing Season Nears Its End At Ascot
The Champions Sprint Stakes race is likely to be dominated by Quiet Reflection, but Meccas Angel, Twilight Son and The Tin Man are all in the mix in what could be a very open race, and the 10/1 shot of Shalaa is touted as being quite wager and you can watch this race at Ascot betting the odds will shorten considerably towards the off. The Fillies & Mares race will be no less fast paced and no less interesting proposition as the Irish & Yorkshire oaks winner takes on a horse unbeaten in three starts.
Whether you should back Seventh Heaven or Zhukova is a bit apples & oranges although the latter is still the favorite in the Ascot betting odds at Bet365, but Journey is back again after a narrow defeat last year and will be looking to put the disappointment to bed with a win in this superb sprint race, a race that UK gambling laws almost encourage you to wager upon be it online or off, as it does the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes where Ribchester is favorite ahead of Galileo Gold and Belardo.
Ascot Betting Divided Between Found & Almanzor At Bet365
No one should be surprised by Ascot betting the final race of the day, the Champion Stakes, will be the show stopper. With the winner of the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe under Ryan Moore, Found, squaring off against Christophe Soumillon’s winner of the Irish Champion Stakes, Almanzor, this is likely to be one of the races of the year. Found gets 4/1 just behind Almanzor’s 13/8 at Bet365, but Minding and Fascinating Rock both get 5/1 and Highland Reel, who also ran strong in France gets 10/1.
Champion Stakes Odds
- Almanzor – 13/8
- Found – 4/1
- Minding 5/1
- Fascinating Rock – 5/1
- Highland Reel – 10/1
Jack Hobbs gets a slightly unfair 14/1 chance alongside Mutakayyef, and beyond them there’s a gaggle of choices at the 20/1 mark, for you each way Ascot betting specialists, including My Dream Boat, Hawkbill, Midterm, Ulysses, Wings of Desire, the optimistically named Racing History, Zarak (a Filipino bingo shaker surely?) and the often under-estimated US Army Ranger. Of course if you’re in the UK gambling news after the finish will be of a surprise winner, you can always back Moonlight Magic at 50/1 but still only each-way.