Qipco Champion Stakes Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

17/10/2020 15:40:00

The Qipco Champion Stakes looks set to take place on Saturday 17 October, with this part of the British Champions Middle Distance Series and the winner stands to land £425,000 for leading connections, with several of the UK and Ireland’s leading middle distance horses set to do battle over one mile and two furlongs.

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.”