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2021 Champions Day Tips - Three value bets for Ascot

  • Three each-way tips for British Champions Day at Ascot
  • This famous meeting takes place at Ascot on Saturday 16th October
  • Four Group One races feature on the card
  • Gustavus Weston, Invite and Escobar are our three value bets
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Escobar (left) beating Lord North in the 2019 Balmoral Handicap. (Getty)
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Jon Vine 13 Oct 2021
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British Champions Day takes place at Ascot on Saturday, and viewers look set for a stunning day's racing. Many of the best horses in Britain will be making an appearance at Ascot, and all six races will be shown live on ITV Racing.

Palace Pier and Baaeed look set to clash in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, while Mishriff has Adayar and Addeybb to contend with in the Champions Stakes. Away from the fancied horses, though, there is some value to be found in some of the other Champions Day races.

Here are three horses to back at big prices at Ascot on Saturday.

2021 British Champions Day Tips - Three Each-Way Tips


Champions Sprint Stakes Tips - Gustavus Weston 


Most bookies are going 4/1 the field in this year's Champions Sprint. Art Power and Dragon Symbol top the betting, but there are some dangerous challengers stacked up behind them, including GUSTAVUS WESTON

Joseph Murphy has switched his five-year-old between five, six and seven furlongs this season, a tactic which has produced a mixed range of results. However, on his two starts over six furlongs, Gustavus Weston won a Group Two on heavy ground at the Curragh, before carrying a penalty to victory in a Group Three in August, beating future Abbaye winner A Case Of You in the process.

This powerful traveller should be well-suited by the sprint track at Ascot. Although the ground on Saturday won't be as testing as it usually is during his meeting, there will be plenty of cut, and that should suit Gustavus Weston perfectly.

British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes Tips - Invite


Invite E/W2:35pm Ascot Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) 1m4fGET 10/1 HERE
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Several classy fillies top the betting for this Group One. Free Wind and La Petite Coco have been confirmed, while either Love or Snowfall could fly the flag for Ballydoyle. Practically all of the fancied horses like to race prominently, and if they throw down a little too early, then the race could be set up for a strong closer like INVITE.

Andrew Balding's filly comes into Ascot on the back of a career-best win at Chester. Invite travelled beautifully throughout at the rear, moving smoothly into contention coming around the bend before surging clear of classy horses like Alounak and Alignak to win by two lengths.

Six of the last seven renewals of this Group One have been won by three-year-olds, so it's sensible to stick with the younger age group. Invite may be one of the lowest-rated fillies in the field, but she's clearly still on the upgrade and she's at her best on juicy ground.

Balmoral Handicap Tips - Escobar


Regular readers of mine will know I've backed ESCOBAR a number of times this season, and I can't desert David O'Meara's seven-year-old as he returns to the scene of his greatest success.

After a consistent season filled with lots of placed efforts, Adam Kirby rode Escobar to victory in this handicap two years ago. O'Meara's star hasn't won in 23 starts since then, but he did spend the majority of last season running in high-profile pattern races, including the Queen Anne and the QEII at this meeting last year.

This season, Escobar has been beaten less than a length in the Victoria Cup, a £26k handicap at Goodwood and the Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown. Things didn't go to plan last time out in the Challenge Cup, where Escobar was very slowly away and pulled hard throughout, but that defeat does mean he'll return to the Balmoral carrying the exact same rating of 105 that he won off in 2019. At 16/1, he's an excellent each-way bet. 

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