Qipco Champion Stakes Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

16/10/2021 15:50:00

The Qipco Champion Stakes is the highlight race on British Champions Day at Ascot, with some of the star performers over the course of the Flat season clashing over one mile and two furlongs on 16 October. There’s a hefty £700,000 or thereabouts going to the winning connections as the runners battle it out to become the middle distance champion.

Can Mishriff Atone For Poor 2020 Champions Stakes Performance?

Mishriff was among the favourites to win the 2020 Champions Stakes at Ascot although the John Gosden-trained charge ran an underwhelming race at odds of 4/1 and the trainer will hope that there is a much brighter performance twelve months down the line.

There have been some strong efforts during 2021, with Mishriff running in the Saudi Cup at Riyadh when scooping a prize pot of over £7 million, while the four-year-old was on song to land another huge cash sum when triumphing in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

However, the horse was third out of four horses in the Coral Eclipse Stakes, with the runner then finishing second in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes and David Egan was on board the horse when winning the Juddmonte International Stakes.

St Mark’s Basilica Could Be a Better Bet at Ascot

Aidan O’Brien looks to have a superstar on his hands in the form of St Mark’s Basilica and the horse has had the winning feeling over the past twelve months, with the French-bred horse having scored four successive wins as he now ramps up for the Champion Stakes.

Ryan Moore rode the horse to victory in the Coral Eclipse Stakes when beating Mishriff, with the horse having previously obliged as favourite when winning the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club and there was a previous triumph in the Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

Who Are the Champions Stakes Betting Favourites?

This is by no means a two-horse race at Ascot and Snowfall could take her place in this encounter, although this is a runner who also has an entry in the Fillies & Mares Stakes where she is currently trading as UK betting favourite to win this showdown.

Lord North has only had one outing this season and the John Gosden horse claimed the spoils when obliging in the Dubai Turf at Meydan, with the horse having previously produced a smart performance when finishing in fourth place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

Addeybb was also involved in the race when competing against St Mark’s Basilica and Mishriff in the Eclipse Stakes and finished in second, with William Haggas hoping that his experienced seven-year-old can benefit from having a long rest.


2020 Champions Stakes betting odds

We’re not completely sure of the actual line-up for the Qipco Champion Stakes, with Enable and Love set to line up in the Arc de Triomphe instead, although Ghaiyyath and Mishriff are among the leading horses and the latter looks the most likely to line up.

Mishriff is a talented three-year-old who hasn’t tasted defeat in his past three outings, with John Gosden unearthing another potential superstar and the horse won the Betfair Exchange Free Bet Streak Newmarket Stakes in early June before claiming two victories in France.

A month later, the horse then stepped things up a notch by landing the spoils in the Prix du Jockey Club which was a Group 1 success and the middle of August saw Mishriff score again in the Prix Guillaume daEUR (tm)Ornano - Haras du Logis Saint-Germain.

It’s been seriously impressive stuff and you can back the market leader at a big price on the Champion Stakes on the Ascot racecard, although there’s the tantalising prospect of Ghaiyyath lining up in the same race.

Ghaiyyath has multiple entries for different races, although the five-year-old could easily be routed for this horse and Charlie Appleby will have faith in a horse that has enjoyed a stellar year thanks to big wins at Newmarket, Sandown and York.

The Coronation Cup Stakes victory was impressive enough although lowering the colours of the unbeaten Enable in the Coral Eclipse really announced the horse as a big hitter and Magical was then chinned in the Juddmonte International over one mile and two-and-a-half furlongs.

Enable, Love and Magical are all trading at around the 4/1 or 5/1 mark at the moment, although their participation in this race is far from certain, with Magical the most likely runner of that trio and this could represent Aidan O’Brien’s best chance of victory.

The History of the Champion Stakes

The Champion Stakes is one of the most historic flat races in the United Kingdom, having been inaugurated in 1877. It is run over one mile and two furlongs, with the prize money having gradually increased to the extent that it’s now one of the richest flat races on the calendar.

Magical was the winner of the Champion Stakes in 2019 and will be bidding to land the title in 2020, while Cracksman scored a double success in 2017 and 2018, with John Gosden rising to prominence around the time that this was happening.


British horse racing doesn’t get any better than Champions Day at Ascot, with this meeting representing the end of a brilliant season which has seen several star performances at racecourses such as Doncaster, York and Goodwood.

When it comes to the Qipco Champions Stakes, it looks like a phenomenal encounter which could have the mouth-watering prospect of Japan and Magical competing over one mile and two furlongs.

There’s a massive prize of nearly £750,000 available for the winning connections and we’ll see fourteen high-class competitors line up at Ascot, with Aidan O’Brien possessing a very strong hand when it comes to being in the winners’ enclosure.

Japan is the younger of the two horses and the three-year-old is currently 4/1 to claim a season-ending victory and he’s bidding to triumph for the fourth consecutive occasion.

Since finishing third in the Epsom Derby, there has been nothing to stop this impressive animal, with Ryan Moore steering him to an impressive win at Royal Ascot when the horse claimed the King Edward VII Stakes.

It was then over to Paris where Japan won the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, while the horse then got the better of favourite Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International Stakes.

Jockey Ryan Moore has the difficult decision over whether to ride this horse or instead opt for the older Magical, with the latter having also had a season to remember.

The four-year-old has enjoyed four victories this season while also finishing as a runner-up on three different occasions. Two of his recent second places were behind star performer Enable at Sandown and York respectively.

However, the most recent outing saw Magical claim a victory in the Irish Champion Stakes and there was plenty to like about the performance over a mile and two furlongs on that occasion.

O'Brien said after that ride: "We were delighted. She had a midsummer break and her first run back was in York. She ran Enable to a couple of lengths and we knew she was going to come forward a good bit.

"She was just ready to go to York. Obviously Enable is a great filly and when we saw her running that well against her we were looking forward to this race and the autumn after that.

"We knew she was going to be in real good shape for today and I couldn't have been happier with her.

"She's a lovely filly. We know she gets the mile and a half and handles an ease in the ground, she was back to a mile and a quarter today on fast ground and Ryan gave her a lovely, uncomplicated ride.”