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The Champion Stakes is the richest race on the six-contest card at Ascot on British Champions Day 2021 but who are Paddy’s pals backing to come out on top?
It’s all systems go for a second meeting between Adayar and Mishriff after the Epsom Derby hero got the better of the Saudi Cup winner in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the Berkshire track in July.
Addeybb came out on top in last year’s renewal but has not been seen since placing ahead of Mishriff in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown while the highly-progressive Dubai Honour adds further spice to the mix.
Jason Weaver: “ADAYAR looks to back up an excellent run in France where he was asked to quicken on two occasions and did remarkably well to finish a close fourth to Torquator Tasso in the Arc. He drops back down to 1m 2f under what should be his ideal ground conditions and he can confirm the King George VI Stakes at Ascot with Mishriff, despite being 7lbs worse off. It’s great that the Epsom Derby winner turns up and we hopefully will get to see his brilliance throughout next season as well.”
Mick Fitzgerald: “Adayar is the Epsom Derby and King George VI Stakes winner, who put up a respectable run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to finish fourth. It would finish off his season superbly were he to win the 1m 2f Champion Stakes. However, MISHRIFF heads the market for good reason. He is a class act who has improved with every run this season. His win in the Juddmonte Stakes at York showed how good he is over this 1m 2f trip. He is going to be tough to beat and arrives pretty fresh after a spaced out campaign.”
Matt Chapman: “It’s fabulous Adayar is turning up for this and he could easily win. I’ll be having two bets, though, as I expect MISHRIFF to win after his Juddmonte International romp but feel AL AASY is too big a price and will have a few quid on each way as well. Mishriff was beaten by Adayar in the King George but this trip is much more his cup of tea and he will surely have too much pace for Adayar. Al Aasy has not been finishing well in his races but William Haggas is convinced the horse needs to be held up longer and he might well be right. He also believes Al Aasy has loads of ability and his Coronation Cup run shows he is no mug. Let’s hope David Egan and Jim Crowley get great tunes out of their mounts.”
Timeform: “MISHRIFF found Adayar too strong when the pair met in the King George at this course back in July, but there must be a good chance the tables will be turned over this shorter trip. There isn’t much between the pair judged on their peak efforts and Mishriff seems to have had the better preparation, arriving here on the back of an emphatic victory at York. Last year’s winner Addeybb can place.”
Ruby Walsh: “It didn’t quite go to plan for ADAYAR in the Arc, where he finished fourth. The inactivity cost him there as he hadn’t ran since July before that where he beat Mishriff in the King George. I’ve been taken with Adayar since he won the Epsom and the Arc didn’t put me off him. He was too fresh and went too soon. Mishriff is a very good horse and it’ll be a good battle but I’m siding with Adayar.”
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