Through The Card: Champions Day, Saturday October 15

There is a top-class card at Ascot on Saturday
There is a top-class card at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card for Ascot's Champions Day on Saturday.


13:25 - ORDER OF ST GEORGE (5) is not unbeatable, but he is 5 lb clear of this field on Timeform ratings and would have to be a long way below his best to be out of the places. A bigger field/stronger pace here should see him to better effect than when he was beaten at very short odds in the Irish St Leger, and it would be an almighty shock were he to be out of the first three after his excellent third in the Arc last time.

14:00 - A fantastic renewal. It could be worth including last year's second and fourth, TWILIGHT SON (9) and THE TIN MAN (8), who have both been lightly campaigned so far this season. Twilight Son won a second Group 1 in the form of the Diamond Jubilee, and had the quick ground as an excuse last time when below-par in the July Cup. His best effort remains his second to Muhaarar in this race last season, however, and he could well have had this on his radar all season. The Tin Man ran just about as well as he has ever done when finishing second to Quiet Reflection in the Sprint Cup last time, despite a sluggish start. He gives the impression that he has a better performance in him at some stage.

14:35 - Hard to oppose SEVENTH HEAVEN (13), who beat subsequent Arc winner Found by over two lengths in the Yorkshire Oaks last time, following up from her Irish Oaks win prior to that. She sets a very good standard. QUEEN'S TRUST (12) has made excellent progress this season despite still only having a maiden win to her name and could also get involved if improving again (was third in the Yorkshire Oaks behind Seventh Heaven on just her sixth career start).

15:10 - Multiple group 1 winner Minding has been a credit to connections this season and is clearly worthy of plenty of respect here after her third in the Irish Champion Stakes last time. RIBCHESTER (10) has the edge on form, however, based on his win in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and close third in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on his last two starts. He will be hard to beat if running to that sort of level again here. If there is one who could get involved at a price, however, it could be LIGHTNING SPEAR (5), who looked ready for the return to this level when winning the Celebration Mile in good style at Goodwood last time. His third to Tepin in the Queen Anne puts him in contention on form, and he looks overpriced currently.

15:45 - ALMANZOR (9) had Found three-quarters of a length behind him in the Irish Champion Stakes last time and after his connections resisted the temptation of putting him in the Arc (after their main contender picked up an injury) he arrives here with an excellent chance on the back of a five-week break and is the one to beat.

16:25 - An ultra-competitive race. Hard to ignore GM HOPKINS' (1) record at this track (which includes a second in this race and a win in the Royal Hunt Cup last season) and he should give a better account than in the Cambridgeshire last time where he reared leaving the stalls and gave himself a lot to do. THIRD TIME LUCKY (13) was a good fourth in that Cambridgeshire despite his trainer having concerns about the quick ground, and slower conditions should suit him today (won last season's Cambridgeshire on good ground) from just 1 lb higher in the weights. Finally AFJAAN (20) is worth including, after not being seen to best effect here last time. He should be suited by a return to a mile and isn't yet fully exposed.

Back LIGHTNING SPEAR in the 15:10

13:25 - 5
14:00 - 8, 9
14:35 - 12, 13
15:10 - 5, 10
15:45 - 9
16:25 - 1, 13, 20

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