Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes Betting Tips – 1.20, Ascot, 17th October 2015
The second event of Saturday’s British Champions Day treats us to a viewing of a Class One, six furlong sprint containing a field of 21 horses bidding for a chance to win a share of the £600,000 prize fund. This truly is an illustrious race with last year’s winner, Gordon Lord Byron, returning in the hope of defending his British Champions Sprint Stakes title. He will have his work cut out, however, with the current highest ranking sprinter, Muhaarar, amongst those lining up for this one.
Gordon Lord Byron’s defence of this race is looking very unlikely after what has been a very turbulent season for the seven-year-old. It looks even less likely when assessing the rest of the field that will be lining up against him on Saturday.
Muhaarar is perhaps the most obvious place to start, with the three-year-old currently boasting the status as one of the best sprinters around. Having been priced up at 2/1 with Betfred, he is tipped as the race favourite. However, his major competitor in this six furlong sprint, and our selection to win, comes in the form of the so far unbeaten horse Twilight Son.
With the ground expected to be good to soft at Ascot this weekend, we see Twilight Son just edging a win here as his last two victories were on similar ground at Haydock and York. Contrastingly, Muhaarar appears to struggle across the softer stuff, having placed eighth the last time he was tested in such conditions. You can get odds of 5/1 for Twilight Son with Bet365 which looks like a cracking bet to us.
Our each way selection, Strath Burn, may come as something of a surprise, yet we base it upon the conditions factor yet again. His last run out was against Twilight Son at Haydock at the beginning of September. As already mentioned, the conditions on that day were similar to what has been predicted for Saturday’s racing. At Haydock, Strath Burn was only just shaded out of victory by our first selection and we are sure he will be looking for revenge this time round. He will be ridden out by the same jockey as that day, Andrea Atzeni, so we see him being pushed to at least a placed finish. With odds of 11/1 with Coral, this each way selection is very appealing.
We have view the conditions as a major factor as to why we have not featured Muhaarar as any of our tips this weekend. Yet, as one of the highest rated sprinters at the moment he cannot be discounted or overlooked as a potential winner in this one. Despite this, we feel the slightly longer odds offered by the equally impressive horses who have also been consistent across good to soft ground, are worth our backing. The Tin Man should also be mentioned here following an exciting start to his career – three victories from five outings – but again this has only ever been over good or good to firm ground and so he too needs more success over the softer ground before he will achieve our backing at the current odds.