Champions Day 2022: Trueshan, Kinross and Emily Upjohn claim Ascot wins – live | Horse racing

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It’s Baaeed time …

More on Inspiral, who clearly ruined her chances at the start of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Seems it was in the genes.

Champion Stakes (4.00pm) betting

Champion Stakes (4.00pm) preview

Greg Wood

The most valuable race on the most valuable day of the year is, from a betting perspective, something of a non-event, though some might argue that Adayar, last year’s Derby winner, is as solid an each-way bet to nothing as they come at around 6-1, since at least four of Baaeed’s eight opponents are hopelessly out of their depth.

The concluding Balmoral Handicap will offer much more in the way of “getting out” bets, though, and even if Adayar is close to his very best form – which is far from certain, or even likely, after one race in 12 months, Baaeed will need to be way below his level in the International Stakes in August to stand much chance of defeat. Most spectators will simply hope to see an outstanding racehorse complete an unbeaten career with an 11th straight success, an outcome that Baaeed and Jim Crowley look all but sure to deliver.

Selection: Baaeed

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.20pm) result

1 Bayside Boy 33-1
2 Modern Games 4-1
3 Jadoomi 9-1

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.20pm)

And they’re off … Inspiral fell out of the gate but has soon made up the ground … Jadoomi has the lead with Modern Games just behind … El Drama is in second … Inspiral is way behind … Jadoomi has the lead but Bayside Boy quickens up best to win at 33-1 with Dettori well beaten on Inspiral. The bookies will be relieved given Dettori’s two winners in the previous couple of races.

Not surprisingly, Hollie Doyle has picked up a five-day ban for two instances of careless riding during Trueshan’s Long Distance Cup victory in the opener at Ascot today.

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes winner Emily Upjohn is named after a character, marvellously played by Margaret Dumont, in the Marx Brothers’ film A Day at the Races.

Emily Upjohn in A Day at the Races.

Carol Vorderman, who now seems to be famous for being … well famous, is at the races.

Carol Vorderman attends British Champions Day at Ascot.
Carol Vorderman attends British Champions Day at Ascot. Photograph: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.20pm) betting

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.20pm) preview

Greg Wood

Greg Wood

A single-runner field for the first time since 2015, and a warm favourite in Inspiral, last year’s champion juvenile filly, whose three-year-old campaign has not been all that John and Thady Gosden would have hoped to see when she went into winter quarters as the market leader for the 1,000 Guineas. Inspiral was ruled out of the Classic around a week before the race when Gosden decided that she would not be ready to do herself justice, and swerved the Irish equivalent a few weeks later for similar reasons, but proved more than ready for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot – over the round course – which she won by nearly five lengths. Her two starts since have seen her beaten for the first time in her career – at 1-7, too – and then edge in front of an average field by Group One standards in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. Her form at the Royal meeting makes her a worthy favourite here but it was four months ago and Inspiral is another uneasy favourite, out to 6-4 from a top price of 11-8 overnight.

The Revenant, successful in this race two years ago on much slower ground, is one live alternative, but Modern Games, one of a trio of Guineas winners for Charlie Appleby earlier in the season, may be a more dangerous rival. He has gone a little under the radar among the stable’s three-year-old milers as both Native Trail and the ill-fated Coroebus, who won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, landed more high-profile Classics, but he is ultra-reliable, over today’s trip in particular, and put up a career-best in the Woodbine Mile last time out, having run with credit in Group Ones over both seven and 10 furlongs earlier in the year.

Selection: Modern Games

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40pm) result

1 Emily Upjohn 3-1 fav
2 Thunder Kiss 50-1
3 Insinuendo 80-1

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40pm)

And they’re off … Eshaada and Sweet Lady are prominent in the early stages … Emily Upjohn is just behind the leaders … Rosscarberry has taken up the running … Sea La Rosa moves up third just behind Sweet Lady … Albaflora is behind the leaders as Emily Upjohn comes with a determined run … and kicks clear for a Dettori double! And cue another trademark flying dismount.

Frankie Dettori leaps from his mount after riding Emily Upjohn to win the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.
Frankie Dettori leaps from his mount after riding Emily Upjohn to win the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ten years ago I was at Ascot to see Frankel win in his final race. This ITV Racing feature reunites the stallion with Lady Cecil, wife of the great horse’s legendary trainer Henry.

The expletives are catching today clearly!

Frankie “I didn’t fuck it up this time” straight down the lense

hahahaha love it

— Jay (@TracksideJay) October 15, 2022

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40pm) betting

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40pm) preview

Greg Wood

Greg Wood

A race that is open to all female horses that are three or older, but the older runners have been very much on the back hoof since it was upgraded to Group One status in 2013. Just two of the nine winners since were four year olds, with the Classic generation taking the other seven renewals, and the three-year-olds look to have a strong grip on proceedings once again. Sea La Rosa – who could give a huge fillip to William Haggas’s title challenge – is the only older horse at single-figure odds, in a market dominated by John Gosden’s Emily Upjohn, who was touched off in the Oaks in June, the progressive Eternal Pearl, who is looking for a five-timer, and Mimikyu, a stable companion of Emily Upjohn.

Frankie Dettori, Gosden’s stable jockey, has opted for Emily Upjohn and many punters will see that as a hint that cannot be ignored, especially at the track where he once rode all seven winners on the card. On the book, however, there is very little between the Gosden runners, and Mimikyu’s cosy success in the Park Hill at Doncaster last time suggested that she is still improving whereas Emily Upjohn was a distinct disappointment when last of six in the King George at Ascot back in July. A softer surface may well suit her today but at the likely odds, Mimikyu looks like the one to back at around 7-1 with Eternal Pearl, another fast-improving filly, perhaps the bigger danger than the favourite.

Selection: Mimikyu

Champions Sprint Stakes (2pm) result

1 Kinross 3-1 fav
2 Run To Freedom 150-1
3 Creative Force 4-1

Champions Sprint Stakes (2pm)

And they’re off … Naval Crown is prominent with Kinross and Perfect Power … Kinross takes it up and kicks clear for a very smooth win. Cue a flying dismount from man never out of the news, Frankie Dettori.

Champions Sprint Stakes (2pm) betting

Champions Sprint Stakes (2pm) preview

Greg Wood

Greg Wood

A big field as always for what is generally the trickiest of this card’s four Group One events, with winners at 33-1, 28-1 and 16-1 in the last four runnings alone. Creative Force, last year’s winner for Charlie Appleby, is vying for favouritism with Kinross, who was four-and-a-half lengths behind him in ninth place 12 months ago but is currently in the form of his life and landed the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp 13 days ago. Other runners with previous Group One wins to their name include Perfect Power, a top juvenile last year who also took the Commonwealth Cup over this track and trip at the Royal meeting; Tenebrism, who landed the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July but over seven furlongs rather than today’s six; and Naval Crown, another for the Appleby yard and also a course-and-distance winner in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes in June.

Taking all that into account, however, it is entirely possible that this will be the day when Rohaan finally gets a Group One under his girth. David Evans’s gelding is another with excellent form over six furlongs at Ascot, having landed the ultra-competitive Wokingham Handicap for the last two seasons, and while he was well below form in this race last year, Evans is convinced that various niggling problems that were holding Rohaan back there are now behind him. He looked better than ever in the Bengough Stakes last time, which took his record at Ascot to four-from-five, and 6-1 is a very fair price.

Selection: ROHAAN

Hollie Doyle may have triumphed in that opening race but is likely to get a ban as she gave eventual second Coltrane quite a nudge as they passed the post on the first circuit. The stewards seem sure to be taking a close look at that incident.

Long Distance Cup (1.25pm) result

1 Trueshan 11-8 fav
2 Coltrane 10-1
3 Trawlerman 20-1

Long Distance Cup (1.25pm)

And they’re off … Quickthorn leads in the early stages with Trawlerman up there and Trueshan being restrained just behind the leaders … Waterville is in last place but it’s early days … Wordsworth is in third spot at Swinley Bottom and Trueshan fourth … Eldar Eldarov is towards the rear … Trawlerman makes a challenge as does Trueshan … Trueshan and Coltrane fight it out with Coltrane taking the lead but is foiled by Trueshan on the line.

A fascinating subplot to today’s action is the destination of the Flat season trainers’ title with William Haggas and Charlie Appleby slugging it out for the crown as Greg Wood outlined in his preamble. A release from informs me that “Appleby leads the way with £5,375,274.88 in prize money to Haggas’ £5,294,645.80”. That’s tight and we’ll keep you posted on the battle throughout the meeting.

The late Queen’s absence will be most keenly felt at Royal Ascot next year but she was also a regular on Champions Day and always had been for the equivalent meeting which has hosted the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. It has been reported that the the late monarch’s extensive horse racing operation is set to be left to Queen Consort Camilla and she has arrived at Ascot today.

Camilla, Queen Consort arrives at Ascot.
Camilla, Queen Consort arrives at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Long Distance Cup (1.25pm) betting

William Buick is crowned champion jockey during Champions Day at Ascot.
William Buick is crowned champion jockey during Champions Day at Ascot. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Long Distance Cup (1.25pm) preview

Greg Wood

Greg Wood

Trueshan’s old adversary, Stradivarius, is no longer a consideration as Alan King’s gelding attempts to win this Group Two contest for the third year running, but this could still prove to be his toughest Champions Day assignment to date, with a St Leger winner – EldarEldarov – and a could-be-anything dark horse from the Aidan O’Brien yard, Waterville, among his seven opponents. Both are attracting support this morning, while Trueshan is a little uneasy in the betting and out to 2-1, from around 7-4 overnight.

Trueshan has the softish ground that suits him so well, but was also well below form last time out, when Coltrane, another of today’s rivals, got the better of him by a neck in the Doncaster Cup. King suggested afterwards that Trueshan was still feeling the effects of his first race on ground faster than good, in the Goodwood Cup in July, but it will still be a nagging concern for anyone backing Hollie Doyle to bring up the hat-trick. If he is again below his very best form, Eldar Eldarov will not need to find much to beat him on his Leger form, and since Roger Varian’s colt could well improve again for step up to two miles, he looks like the one to back at the prices.

Selection: Eldar Eldarov

A racegoer arrives for Champions Day at Ascot.
A racegoer arrives for Champions Day at Ascot. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Radio 4 listeners this morning who were getting over actress Miriam Margolyes saying “Fuck you, bastard” about the new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the Today programme may not have noticed broadcaster Clare Balding with some words about one of her brother Andrew’s horses running at Ascot today.

“My brother has a runner in the 1.25pm race at Ascot and how appropriate this would be given the news about Robbie Coltrane. It’s number one Coltrane,” said Balding. The news of the actor’s death came yesterday and the betting news via in my inbox informs me that Coltrane is the second-best backed runner after Trueshan in the opener.

The late Robbie Coltrane pictured in the series Cracker.
The late Robbie Coltrane pictured in the series Cracker. Photograph: AJ Pics/Alamy

Dettori reveals next season may be his last

Frankie Dettori, by many lengths the racing personality best known to the general public, has said 2023 could be his last season in the saddle.

“I’m definitely riding on next year, I know that, 100%,” Dettori told the Sun newspaper, for which he appears in a regular Saturday column. “There are still some things to look forward to but next season might be my last. At the moment I’m still loving it, I’m riding whenever I can. But we’ll have to see how I’m feeling this time next year.

“Hopefully someone can find me a winner in the July Cup! That’s the only big race I need. “My shoulder is horrible, it looks black and it’s bruised. I got a right kicking [at Newmarket last week] but I can’t feel any pain.”

This year has certainly had its ups and downs for Dettori. It started with Dubai World Cup success on Country Grammer but he had a highly-publicised fallout at Royal Ascot with his main employer John Gosden. Following a brief “sabbatical”, they were reunited and went on to win the Prix Jacques le Marois with Inspiral and the Ebor with Trawlerman. Last weekend was also eventful for the 51-year-old, with a heavy fall at Newmarket quickly forgotten after winning the Dewhurst on Chaldean.

Dettori, who has always been synonymous with Ascot following his seven-timer at the track in 1996, has a high-profile ride today on Inspiral for Gosden in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Frankie Dettori after riding Chaldean to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last week.
Frankie Dettori after riding Chaldean to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last week. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images


Greg Wood

Greg Wood

Good morning from Ascot racecourse for the 12th Champions Day card, the most valuable afternoon in British racing and a meeting that will also – barring a U-turn of almost Truss-like proportions – see the outstanding colt Baaeed make his final appearance on the track, in the Champion Stakes at 4pm (all times BST).

This celebration of what is essentially a summer sport has suffered several times in recent years as a result of distinctly un-summery weather, and was even forced to move to the hurdles track three years ago to ensure the card’s survival. Just two of the 11 Champions Day cards to date have been run on the good-to-firm going that most tracks aim to provide on the Flat, while the other nine have all been staged on soft or good-to-soft ground.

The run-up to Baaeed’s swansong, though, has been blessed with better weather than is often the case in mid-October, but the track is still riding good-to-soft, and soft in places, and as Ascot’s highly informative going map shows, the “places” include a little more than half of the 10-furlong trip in the feature event.

Two of the unbeaten Baaeed’s 10 career wins have come on good-to-soft ground, including a narrow but convincing defeat of Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on this card last year, but today’s going is likely to be softer than anything he has experienced to date. In Adayar, last year’s Derby and King George winner, he is also up against the most accomplished rival he has faced to date.

It’s hard to get a line on precisely where Adayar is now, however, as his four-year-old season has been restricted to a single start at Doncaster last month, and the mood music in the betting market is not encouraging as he has eased from 5-1 to 6-1 overnight.

Baaeed, on the other hand, is now a 2-9 chance, while William Haggas, his trainer, starts the day as 8-11 favourite to win the trainers’ championship for the first time in his career. As Haggas conceded earlier this week, if Baaeed does not win the Champion Stakes, he will be “33-1, or 133-1” to land the title, regardless of whether Adayar – trained by his only serious rival, Charlie Appleby – takes the spoils.

Appleby, who is even-money for the title, could extend his current £77,000 lead significantly in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the race before the Champion Stakes, where his three-year-old colt Modern Games is 4-1 second-favourite behind Inspiral, last year’s best juvenile filly.

Appleby also has runners with chances in the Group One Sprint, including the current joint-favourite, Creative Force, and another big hope in the Fillies & Mares race where Eternal Pearl is nudging up against Emily Upjohn, the Oaks runner-up, at the head of the betting.

Elsewhere on a top-class card, meanwhile, Hollie Doyle will be looking for a third successive win on Trueshan in the Long Distance Cup when the action gets under way at 1.25pm. Picks for the six-race card, all of which is televised on ITV1, are here, and you can follow all the action as the day unfolds here on the blog.

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