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ITV racing tips: A look at Saturday’s big races

| 13.10.2021

Preview of the top three races

Ascot stages British Champions Day on Saturday, which includes four Group 1 contests, so we preview the best of them in our ITV racing tips for Saturday.

Terrestrial viewers can look forward to another action-packed afternoon of action with all six races from Ascot on ITV4.

2.35 Ascot – British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

The ground is likely to be officially Good to Soft at Ascot and that should be no inconvenience to SNOWFALL (5/6), who faces six rivals in this 1m4f Group 1.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly runs in this rather than the Champion Stakes, as a replacement for the stable’s Love, and faces a quick turnaround from the Arc, having finished a close-up sixth. The English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner is high on the ITV racing tips.

ALBAFLORA (9/2) has won two of her 10 starts for Ralph Beckett and was four lengths behind Snowfall last time at York while the relatively unexposed INVITE (11/2) has at least won half her four turf races, including a Listed event at Chester last time.

ESHAADA (6/1), runner-up in the Ribblesdale here, didn’t fire at York and has plenty to find with the favourite.

3.10 Ascot – British Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

PALACE PIER (13/8) suffered the only defeat of his career when third as odds-on favourite to THE REVENANT (8/1) in this 1m Group 1 last season.

The John & Thady Gosden-trained four-year-old bids for a sixth top-class win and fourth in succession after landing the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August.

French raider The Revenant showed a similar level of form in his prep run as he did last year before winning this race and cannot be discounted.

BAAEED (9/4) puts his unbeaten record on the line, having handled the step up to Group 1 class with aplomb last time in taking the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp early last month.

The William Haggas-trained the Sea The Stars colt would appear to hold every chance and Jim Crowley is in the saddle, so read his exclusive thoughts in his Coral blog.

Coronation and Sussex Stakes winner ALCOHOL FREE (15/2) proved a little disappointing in the Juddmonte International at York last time but this drop back to a mile should see the Andrew Balding-trained filly in a better light.

Guineas runner-up MASTER OF THE SEAS (8/1) was beaten by fellow Godolphin runner and grand campaigner BENBATL (14/1) in the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket last time.

He has always been one of trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s favourite horses (pictured below) and he should go well again.

Benbatl is featured in the ITV racing tips

3.50 Ascot – Champion Stakes

The 1m2f Group 1 contest has attracted a field of 10, headed by Juddmonte International winner MISHRIFF (6/4). Connections bypassed the Arc to keep him at this optimum distance.

He was eighth in this race last year and was runner-up to Derby winner ADAYAR (7/4) in the King George in July.

Adayar ran fourth in the Arc but Charlie Appleby is happy to go to the well again after a light autumn campaign and the trainer confirmed the son of Frankel is poised to stay in training in 2022.

A win would boost William Buick’s chances of winning the Flat jockey’s championship, which ends with this meeting.

ADDEYBB (13/2) won this race last year and, after a lay-off, showed his well-being when runner-up to St Mark’s Basilica in the Coral-Eclipse in July. He has had a light campaign and has been saved for this race by Haggas.

Stablemate DUBAI HONOUR (15/2) and Irish Guineas winner MAC SWINEY (25/1) are others worthy of note.

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Simon Milham