Royal Ascot 2016 British Champions Day Betting Preview

Horse Racing
Updated Thursday 23rd February 2017, 03:30 PM

The British Champions Series will reach its thrilling climax this Saturday 15th October with the QIPCO British Champions Day at Royal Ascot. This meeting serves as the finale of the flat racing season in the UK and Europe, and gives both spectators and bettors a superb range of top-quality races to enjoy, including the Long Distance Cup, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Champion Stakes. As you would expect, every race on the card will be extremely competitive, so who do the bookies expect to dominate proceedings?

How the Bookies See it

  • Long Distance Cup: Order of St George 4/5, Simple Verse, 5/1, Forgotten Rules 8/1 – Paddy Power
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes: Ribchester 2/1, Minding 3/1, Galileo Gold 4/1 – William Hill
  • Champion Stakes: Almanzor 6/4, Found 10/3, Fascinating Rock 5/1 – Sky Bet


  • Order of St George is a short-priced favourite for the Long Distance Cup, but that price could well be justified if the colt performs anything like he did in the Group 1 Gold Cup in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June this year – a race which he won by three lengths. Order of St George has had five starts this season, and made the frame in each, winning the first three and finishing in second and third place in the last two, which were the Irish St, Leger and the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe. Simple Verse is a last-time-out winner, but that has been her only win in four starts this season, and Forgotten Rules has had just one start, finishing in second place in a Class 1 Listed race in September.
  • Ribchester won the Group 1 Jacques Le Marois in Deauville back in August in fantastic style, and trainer Richard Fahey has high hopes that the classy colt can win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in an equally impressive manner. Jockey William Buick will be in the saddle once again, and if Ribchester succeeds on Saturday it will be his third win of the season from six races. Minding has won four races from six starts this season, and comes here on the back of a third-place finish in last month’s Irish Champion Stakes. Galileo Gold has had two wins from five starts this season, finishing in second and eighth place in his last two races, and with Frankie Dettori booked for the ride, he should be thereabouts.
  • Almanzor is a very worthy favourite for the Champion Stakes, having won each of his last four races, including his latest, which was in the Irish Champion Stakes. Found was second in that race, but bounced back from defeat to win the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe in Chantilly on 2nd October. Fascinating Rock has won one race from three starts this year, and that was the Gold Cup in May.’s view

We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see all three of the races highlighted here won by the current favourites, but every race on the card on British Champions Day is extremely competitive, and all of the other runners involved have also earned the right to emerge victorious. As far as making our selection is concerned, we are torn between tipping Order of St George to win the Long Distance Cup and Almanzor to win the Champion Stakes, so we will opt for the latter, who comes here on the back of four consecutive wins and is currently being offered at an odds-against price.

  •’s top tip: Almanzor to win the Champion Stakes at 6/4 – Sky Bet

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:30:51+00:00
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