BEECHWOOD JADE (4.20) has underfoot conditions to suit and is fancied to record his second course and distance success at Catterick.
Keith Dalgleish sent the gelding to the north Yorkshire track in August when it was riding heavy and Beechwood Jade ploughed home ahead of Firewater, with Daawy six lengths adrift in third. Both placed horses have won since and Beechwood Jade is trading at decent odds.
It's Champions Day at Ascot where it is riding very deep. TEMPUS (4.15) ran respectably when sixth in the Cambridgeshire, finding the track drying out too quickly and going against him. A high draw would have increased confidence in the 23-runner Balmoral Handicap but Tempus is berthed alongside likely favourite Raaeq. With the ground in his favour, Tempus may well be a Group horse running in handicap class. Mud-lover King Ottokar hasn’t been at his best so far this season but could bounce back, along with top weight Raising Sand.
MISHRIFF (3.40) boasts strong credentials in the Qipco Champion Stakes. John Gosden’s colt has proved a revelation this season, landing the French Derby at Chantilly before an effortless success in Group 2 company at Deauville (heavy) in August. The Gosden-Frankie Dettori axis should prove a profitable one on Champions Day, with Stradivarius and Palace Pier hard to beat at short odds.
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