Five horses who caught the eye in defeat on Qipco British Champions Day

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Sun 18 Oct 2020

Harry Allwood tipped Njord (11-1) and Addeybb (10-1) on Champions Day and kept a close eye on all the action. He selects five horses who caught the eye in defeat.

Qipco British Champions Day did not disappoint and what a day for Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand.

Racing’s power couple stole the show by winning four of the six races and it is hard not to see one of them being crowned champion jockey in the next couple of years.

If you didn’t manage to watch the racing action at Ascot, you can watch all the replays for free in our results and replay section here.

All the interviews from Ascot today – including with Marquand and Doyle – are also available in our On Demand section.

Below are a handful of horses who caught the eye in defeat and are worth adding into your Racing TV tracker.


Race: Sixth in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (1.20pm)

This Aidan O’Brien-trained colt did well to finish as close as he did in the opening contest given he suffered interference heading into the back straight.

Having been held up, he found himself with plenty to do following those traffic problems and was also forced to wait for a run in the home straight.

He wouldn’t have beaten the impressive winner, but he may have sneaked a place had he got a clearer run.

The three-year-old already has some smart form next to his name, including when third in the Irish Derby in June, and he clearly has bundles of stamina having landed a Group Three over two miles on his previous start.

Stradivarius was defeated in this contest as a three-year-old in 2017 - and we all know what he has done since – and there should be more to come from this son of Galileo, especially as he remains unexposed over staying trips.


Race: Fourth in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (1.55pm)

A horse who created a big impression earlier this season, Art Power again shaped with promise behind Glen Shiel in the Champions Sprint.

Tim Easterby’s charge looked a Group One performer in the making when bolting up in a handicap at Royal Ascot, and although things did not go to plan for him in the Nunthorpe, he has proved he is up to this grade on his past two starts.

Easterby has said his exciting three-year-old will be a better horse next year as he still has some growing to do and is not the finished article yet.

This was only his eighth start, and it is not hard to imagine him being one of the leading sprinters next season.


Race: Second in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.05pm)

It was heartbreak for connections to see Roseman be narrowly denied by The Revenant, but nevertheless, they will be hugely encouraged by his effort to finish runner-up in this Group One contest.

The son of Kingman was a winner at Listed level last season, and this was by far a career-best effort on just his eighth start.

A mile appears to be his optimum trip, although he has shaped on a couple of occasions as though he would stay further.

His fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on his seasonal debut also provided hope he will make a mark in Group One contests, and he will hopefully begin to fulfil his promise now with more experience under his belt.


Race: Sixth in the Balmoral Handicap (4.15pm)

Followers of King Ottokar were left frustrated once again following his luckless run in the Balmoral Handicap.

The four-year-old caught the eye when a never-nearer fifth on his handicap debut at Doncaster in September where he was unable to get a clear run, and it was a similar story at Ascot on Saturday.

Charlie Fellowes’ charge could be seen travelling well behind a wall of horses and his rider, James Doyle, was forced to switch a couple of times before finally getting in the clear.

The race was all over by then though, and a staying-on sixth was the best he could manage.

He is clearly held in high regard having contested Group races for the majority of his career and there is no doubt he is capable of winning a handicap off his rating.


Race: Second in the Balmoral Handicap (4.15pm)

Another worth noting from the Balmoral Handicap is Solid Stone who found only the impressive winner Njord too good.

A narrow winner at Chelmsford on his previous start, the Shamardal gelding has gradually improved again this season and this effort proved he is capable of being competitive in higher-grade handicaps.

This was also a career-best effort off a career-high rating and, although he is likely to be nudged up a pound or two for this run, he looks a handicapper to follow given his consistency.

Sir Michael Stoute-trained horses tend to improve with age, and with Solid Stone being a four-year-old, you would expect him to have plenty more to give next season.

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