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ROARING LION (3.15) can prove king of the betting jungle on a glittering Champions Day at Ascot.

John Gosden has plumped for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as his chosen target and although the prevailing soft ground poses a question, Roaring Lion can polish off the season in style after landing the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. 

If the deep surface does blunt his speed, the door would be open for either French raider Recoletos or the admirable Laurens to step forward. 

Recoletos is a son of mudlark Whipper and found the 1m 2f trip just beyond him here 12 months ago when fading into fourth behind Cracksman in the Qipco Champion Stakes. He ran well behind Alpha Centauri at Deauville and edged out Wind Chimes in the Prix Moulin. 

French Oaks winner Laurens got the better of Happily in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and looks sure to be involved. Lord Glitters, another son of Whipper, also enters the equation given his penchant for soft ground. 

CRACKSMAN (3.50) missed the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe due to the ground but the rain has come in time for Gosden to give him the green light to defend his Qipco Champions Stakes crown. 

The son of Frankel was at his imperious best 12 months ago as he pulverised his rivals but things haven’t gone quite so smoothly in 2018. Cracksman made a perfect reintroduction in the Prix Ganay but after a workmanlike victory in the Coronation Stakes at Epsom his wonderful unbeaten sequence was ended comprehensively by Poets Word at Royal Ascot.

Gallop reports suggest Cracksman is back in good order and Gosden reaches for first-time blinkers – a ploy he has used successfully in the past to aid the concentration level of some older horses. 

LAH TI DAR (2.40) surrendered her unbeaten record in the William Hill St Leger but still emerged with huge credit. Kew Gardens stole a vital couple of lengths down the straight and the still inexperienced Lah Ti Dar was just unable to bridge the gap.

She has oozed class and although Aidan O’Brien, who saddled last year’s winner Hydrangea, goes into battle with a sizzling sextet headed by Magical, classy Lah Ti Dar should be the darling of her fan club by landing this fillies and mares contest. 

STRADIVARIUS (1.25) is an obvious starting point in the Long Distance Cup. The four-year-old remains unbeaten this season following victories at York (twice), Ascot and Goodwood. Testing terrain could put off a few punters but it is worth recalling his close third last year behind Order of St George and Torcedor when the track was riding soft. 

The Sprint is a more open affair with Harry Angel bidding to restore his reputation. He could finish only fourth last year behind LIBRISA BREEZE (2.00) and Dean Ivory’s mud-lover also holds Brando (sixth) on that run.

Librisa Breeze hasn’t hit those heights this summer but this will be the first time he finds conditions in his favour. The Tin Man, winner in 2016, ran fifth last year but struck the target at Haydock last time when landing the Sprint Cup. 

The Balmoral handicap, a 23-runner one-mile contest, is a tough finale with Raising Sand, Zwayyan, Humbert and Kynren topping the shortlist along with ARGENTELLO (4.30).

Gosden’s three-year-old hacked up at Kempton on Tuesday, when admittedly enjoying the run of the race, and is clearly in great heart. Stall 23 up the stands’ side may prove a good place to be berthed and Frankie Dettori is in the saddle. 

Recommended Ascot bets 

  • 3.15 – Roaring Lion (9-4, Ladbrokes)
  • 3.50 – Cracksman (5-6, Unibet) 
  • 1.25 – Stradivarius (Evens, 888sport) 
  • 2.00 – Librisa Breeze (6-1, McBookie, Paddy Power) 
  • 2.40 – Lah Ti Dar (11-8, Marathonbet) 
  • 4.30 – Argentello ew (8-1, bet365) 
  1. elvis parsley 5 years ago

    The ground, the possibility that the million quid treble maybe was his target and may not be 100℅ primed for this, and the fact he came 3rd in this last year and was getting an 8 pound allowance that day tempers my enthusiasm for stradivarius.
    He is the best horse if 100℅ but i Might risk taking him on, with what, that’s the burning question ?
    Maybe the whole field at 10-11.
    This is a gut feeling and maybe be no bets and enjoy the meeting with no stress.
    Anyone else have opinions here ??

  2. uncle pom 5 years ago

    October + 11.1 pts

    I’ve tipped stadivarius up every time this year, the horse owes me nothing. I knew he was on the way to being the best staying type last year. He’s a much better horse this year and I’ll put my money where my mouth is ;

    1.25 – Stradivarius 5/6 6pts

    Ffos las 16:25 – silver streak 5/2 2pt win
    Alot of people will be on the new one ; but I believe silver streak is the fastest 2m around in these conditions and 5/2 can’t be ignored for me.

    Also on paddy power 25/1 offering
    10. Stradivarius(13:25) Lah Ti Dar(14:40) Roaring Lion(15:15) & Cracksman(15:50) All To WIN
    25/1 1pt win

    • elvis parsley 5 years ago

      Well done Pom.
      Stradivarius, why did I doubt him 😳

    • uncle pom 5 years ago

      Thanks mate he’s something very special let’s hope we see him travel 👍 otherwise next year treble👍

    • uncle pom 5 years ago

      Just the one horse let’s us down for the 25/1 Accra but the other two selections win well

      Stradivarius 5/6 6pt win wins at evs

      Silver streak 5/2 2pt win wins at 3/1

      Points + 23.1

      Well done all winners 👍

  3. alanm 5 years ago

    Nap/Nb Heliac 15/8 -.35 Leopardstown

    Well done all winners

    • alanm 5 years ago

      1.35 Leopardstown

  4. recoba 5 years ago

    Nothing fancy for me.. Hoping its favourites/champions day tomorrow too Uncle Pom n AlanT
    Already on they 4 at just under 25/1 for the 4 fold with Bet365(Yankee wasn’t worth it I felt)
    Single on Roaring Lion. 9/4

    GL all tomorrow, good days racing. 👍

    • elvis parsley 5 years ago

      Zamparelli 4-55 ffos Las NAP 2-1.
      Ballydun Oscar 4-35 market rasen NB 2-1.

      To place treble
      Bags groove 3-55 ffos Las top 3. 11-10
      Mohayyed 4-25 ffos Las top 3. 11-10
      West wizard 4-55 ffos las top 4. 8-15
      Treble pays over 5-1

    • recoba 5 years ago

      Single on The Tin Man too at 10.3. Its the fvourites for me indeed

      GL all

    • recoba 5 years ago

      Kust can’t back Harry Angel again even at a nice price

  5. double carpet 5 years ago

    Not had a bet for a couple of weeks as October can be such a difficult month with the ground changing and coming to the end of a long flat season and jumpers generally needing the run but as it’s Champions Day at Ascot I thought I’d give it a whirl.

    I will be amazed if all the so called hotpots oblige today so am taking them on.

    1.25 Flag of Honour 11/4
    A form line through Idaho gives him every chance of beating the fav today

    2.00 Librisa Breeze 15/2 ew
    AT has given his thoughts not much to add

    2.40 Broadway 50/1 ew
    Will love the ground. Won well lto when not expected to and J. Doyle on-board catches the eye. Can hopefully make the frame

    3.15 Century Dream 28/1 ew
    Gets his ground today. C&D winner on soft and thought good enough to contest the Arlington Million.

    3.50 Crystal Ocean 11/4
    Again formline through Poets Word gives him the beating of Cracksman and wont mind the ground either.

    Enjoy the racing and BOL

    • recoba 5 years ago

      Can’t see the 4 obliging either DC but the 4 folds a decent price just in case and of course its far from impossible.
      GL today

      Stradivarius win…least its not bust at the first!

    • recoba 5 years ago

      *Should say…either DC as there’s usually one that let’s you down

    • double carpet 5 years ago

      Won well. GL with the rest

  6. garfo 5 years ago


  7. quazeehorses 5 years ago

    Everyone seems to be focusing on the rain does anyone think it may go good/soft and soft in places as it’s sunny from now till off
    If soo
    1:25 stradivarious 5/6
    2:00 The Tin man 4/1
    3:15 ractolous 4/1
    3:50 Cracksman 5/6
    Dangerous day of betting

  8. 5 years ago

    Yesterday at Fakenham, I picked out every winner by looking at them in the ring. Besides the 1/4 shot, who did look good too, every winner had the best coat, was the calmest and stood the tallest with its head nice and high, has made me wonder why anyone would bet without seeing the parade ring… best of luck today.

  9. lossie jim 5 years ago

    Two that I might have a small e/w double on at big prices for the same trainer/owner combination are

    Ascot 3.15 Beat the Bank, yet to prove himself at this level, but the heavier the better.

    Ascot 4.30 Zawayyr, bottom weight and will love the ground also.

  10. 5 years ago

    My four play today

    Market Rasen 140pm
    Out of this world 11/4

    Catterick 150pm
    Caustic love 5/1

    Leopards town 235pm
    Ozone 8/1

    Ascot 240pm
    La Ti Da 11/8 price boost

    May look at some others but football is upon us !

  11. azzthewigan 5 years ago

    sir erec 1.25 harry angel 2.00 sizzling 2.40 ew ..addeybb 3.15 circus couture 4.30 ew well done all winners yesterday

  12. azzthewigan 5 years ago

    had to laugh when roaring lion won the shiek tried to give the queen a high five bet the queen was tempted ☺well done all winners today

  13. azzthewigan 5 years ago

    watch the replay on itv plus one its one of the funniest thing iv seen in years ☺☺

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