British Champions Sprint Stakes Preview – Ascot 21/10/2017
The second race on the card at Ascot on Champions day is the £600,000 Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Harry Angel can confirm champion sprinter status
All eyes will be on Clive Cox’s Harry Angel, the winner of four of his seven career starts. Godolphin purchased the colt after he won impressively at Haydock in May. He has proved to be a shrewd investment, winning the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket. He then followed up in brilliant fashion in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup last month.
Harry Angel has shown his ability to handle a variety of surfaces. The going was good to firm at Newmarket and there were fears that he would struggle in heavy ground last time. That was not the case as he sluiced up, beating Tasleet by four lengths. It is difficult to find a chink in his armour and he rates a worthy favourite.
Caravaggio beat Harry Angel at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. Those placings were emphatically reversed in the July Cup where Caravaggio finished a never-nearer fourth. Aidan O’Brien’s finished sixth at Deauville before winning a Group 2 at the Curragh.
Quiet Reflection suited by conditions at Ascot
Karl Burke is enjoying a tremendous Autumn and will be represented by Quiet Reflection. The four-year-old filly bounced back to her best when winning at Naas last month. That was her first run since disappointing at Haydock on fast ground in May. She won over course and distance at Royal Ascot last year and also won the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup.
If the forecast rain changes the going to soft, Tasleet could be in the money here. He coped with testing conditions to win the Duke Of York Stakes but was left trailing on faster surface in the July Cup. He was four lengths adrift of Harry Angel in heavy ground at Haydock and it is difficult to see him turning the tables.
The Tin Man won this race last year for James Fanshawe. He has since been beaten by Tasleet and Harry Angel and this looks like a particularly hot renewal. If there is to be a surprise, Librisa Breeze could be the one to supply it. The grey has yet to win this season but has caught the eye on more than one occasion. He likes to come with a late run and has a brilliant turn of foot.
British Champions Stakes Betting Tips 21/10/2017
2.00 Harry Angel @2.10 Ladbrokes