Premiers Champion Stakes Betting: Shimmer can Shine

The Champion Stakes looks a competitive affair

Andrew Riddell examines the 1600m Champion Stakes at Greyville on Saturday...

Shimmer And Shine: Second behind War Horse last start, lots of excuses: badly drawn, slowly away and cramped. Think he will reverse placings and big each-way value at 7/1.

War Horse: Good win in the Golden Horseshoe on July day, bred to stay and must have every chance. I am not convinced though, will be laying in the win market.
Black Toga: Up and coming star, won three from four to date, though has only contested races with small fields, not sure if he will stay and feel the current price of 8/5 a bit skinny.
Shimmer And Shine: Second behind War Horse last start, lots of excuses: badly drawn, slowly away and cramped. Think he will reverse placings and big each-way value at 7/1.
Love Struck: Different horse since being gelded, tried to make all last start coming from stall 16 of 16, should lead again and can see running into the places.
Fly Me Over: Disappointed last start, bred to stay but don't think he does. Will have to improve but for me no chance.
King of Torts: Unknown quantity in the race, won well last start over the mile, word from the yard is that he is well and has improved, could surprise at double-figure price.
The Hangman: Could be anything. No run last start, jock lost iron, should stay. Striker rides and will have his supporters but I will have to wait till he improves.
Act Fast: Stepping up in class, did beat King of Torts over the mile. Did not get home last start, drop back in trip will suit, blinkers on and looking for an improved run.
Donnie Brasco: NON-RUNNER
Heavenisaracehorse: Done nothing wrong to date, though beat nothing all the while and will have to see more runs and further improvement before getting my money.
Sabadell: Very disappointing last start, did not stay and cannot recommend.
Lehaaf: Well held by Black Toga last start, was beaten and worse off at the weights as well. But never discount De Kock in a Grade 1 and double figure prices, could upset.

Selections
1st SHIMMER AND SHINE
2nd BLACK TOGA
3rd FLY ME OVER or KING OF TORTS

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