Champions Day Tips: Six selections for Saturday's ITV racing from Ascot

The 2021 Flat season comes to a close with British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday and we've a tip for each of the six races, all of which are being shown live on ITV.

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Now on to our selections and the reasons why (scroll down the page), or just click on the horse's names below to go straight to Planet Sport Bet and place your bet.

Hamish (1.25 Ascot)

Minzaal / Brando each-way (2.00 Ascot)

Eshaada each-way (2.35 Ascot)

Master Of The Seas (3.10 Ascot)

Mishriff / Sealiway each-way (3.50 Ascot)

Raise You / Sir Busker (4.30 Ascot)

1.25 Ascot - Hamish

Trueshan was far too good for his rivals in last year's renewal and he's a warm favourite to go in again, having looked as good as ever this season in winning twice, the latest of those being a Group 1 in France.

However that was just 14 days and he had to battle hard to beat old rival Stradivarius (who re-opposes) on energy-sapping ground over 2m4f.

That effort must have left it's mark - which can also be said of the runner-up, although he will appreciate the drier conditions on Saturday - and neither make much appeal at cramped odds for that reason.

Instead, it could be worth taking a chance that Hamish gets this 2m trip and, if he does, he will surely give the front pair something to think about.

William Haggas' charge is on the up after missing most of last season due to injury and with just eight career starts under his belt, four of which have ended in success, there's probably more to come from him.

Last month's Group 3 success over Hukum - an easy winner of the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge since - was a narrow one, but he wasn't subjected to a hard race to score and he should get the bit of dig in the ground he needs to show his best.

He has previous with Trueshan, that coming in October 2019 when the latter horse prevailed by a neck, and he looks to be a more mature horse now, and certainly that bit fresher than his rival.

2.00 Ascot - Minzaal / Brando each-way

A switch to more patient tactics worked a treat for Art Power in Ireland last time out as he won with considerable ease and looked strong at the line.

Previously he'd made the running in Group 1s at Haydock, Newmarket and here in the Golden Jubilee, only to not see out his races and fall short.

If Silvestre De Sousa, who replaces David Allan, repeats those tactics he's going to prove hard to beat, but he's plenty short enough and his draw in stall 20 is a worry, given there was a huge bias favouring low drawn horses at the last meeting here.

At bigger odds Minzaal, who will exit from box four, makes more appeal, having run a race full of promise when finishing second in his prep over 5f here at the beginning of the month.

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That was his first run back since finishing third in last season's Middle Park over 6f and he's entitled to come on plenty for that effort.

He does need to step up again at this level but as a three-year-old he likely has his best days ahead of him, and his stable remains in good form.

If you're looking for an outsider to back each-way in what is a wide-open race, then veteran sprinter Brando could be the one.

He's reached the frame in this contest on four occasions, including a close second last year, and his latest third over an inadequate 5f will have teed him up nicely for a repeat bid.

2.35 Ascot - Eshaada

Aidan O'Brien's Snowfall is miles clear of her of her rivals on official ratings and should win with something to spare if anywhere near her best.

That's far from certain, though, as she's coming off her worst performance of the year in the Arc, in which she briefly threatened only to finish weakly, and she was surprisingly beaten in her prep too.

This is an easier assignment of course and it's arguably the worst Group 1 run all season, but she's hardly a betting medium at odds-on.

On the other hand, Roger Varian's Eshaada is a bigger price than she should be after running poorly when last seen out in the Yorkshire Oaks, which was too bad to be true.

She'd previously run a fine second in the Group 2 Ribblesdale over today's track and trip on ground that was plenty quick enough for her, with her two previous wins coming on soft.

Clearly this track and some cut suits her well and she's an each-way price too.

3.10 Ascot - Master Of The Seas

This looks a belting renewal with Palace Pier, whose only defeat in nine starts came in this race last year, when his cause wasn't helped by losing a shoe, locking horns with unbeaten (5-5) three-year-old Baaeed.

The latter horse had to put his head down and battle to land his biggest pot to date so far in France last time out and, on a line through the second, he has something to find to topple the year older Palace Pier.

However, his connections have been soundly bullish of late about that possibility, spurred on by some impressive homework, and the small weight-for-age allowance he receives might just swing it for him.

But this is no two-horse race and with the front two taking a huge chunk out of the market, there's some value in the price of the highly talented Master Of The Seas.

While a beaten favourite in his prep, he shaped better than the bare result of his third to Benbatl would suggest, having had his momentum halted when Oisin Murphy, aboard the winner, edged into his path.

That was his first run back after finishing a short head second behind Poetic Flare in the 2,000 Guineas, so he's entitled to come on for it, and he arrives here a fresher horse than most.

Back him at lucrative odds with Planet Sport Bet to make up for lost time and prove he's a proper Group 1 horse.

3.50 Ascot - Mishriff / Sealiway each-way

Another clash of the generations sees the older Mishriff, an explosive winner of the Juddmonte last time, taking on Derby winner Adayar, and the pair rightly dominate the market.

The latter horse looked set to win the Arc earlier this month only to tire in the closing stages and finish fourth.

That has to be a worry as while his trainer Charlie Appleby wouldn't be running him back so quickly if he wasn't happy with him, that hard race at Longchamp in deep ground must have taken something out of him.

Mishriff on the other hand is returning after a 59-day break and he's clearly a more polished individual than when disappointing in this race as a three-year-old.

So we'll put him up as the most likely winner but also suggest an each-way saver on Arc fifth Sealiway, who tanked into contention from further back than ideal at Longchamp before finding 1m4f on testing ground too much.

Today's test should be more up his street and a repeat of his previous second in the French Derby, in which he only found St Mark's Basilica too good, should see him on the premises.

The French have a good record in this Group 1, winning it 23 times since World War II.

4.30 Ascot - Raise You / Sir Busker

Sunray Major and King Leonidas, the mounts of Frankie Dettori and James Doyle respectively, give John and Thady Gosden a powerful hand for this prestigious 1m handicap, with the pair of four-year-olds dominating the betting.

Frankie's ride will almost certainly go off favourite and it's easy to see why as he's won both starts since returning from a layoff in the manner of a potential Group horse in the making.

Frankie Dettori will get the leg up on Sunray Major

He's certainly bred to be a bit special, being a half-brother to top-class miler Kingman out of a French 1,000 Guineas winner, and it's doubtful a 6lb penalty for his latest success, which came over 7f here (won going away), will be enough to stop him.

One potential negative for him is his draw in stall 21 of 21. The finish of the last two runnings were fought out by horses towards the far rail, suggesting low numbers may be favoured, and that appeared to be the case 12 months ago, when the first five home exited from boxes four, seven, two, ten and five.

That said a high draw (21 in fact) didn't stop Escobar prevailing in 2019 and the advice is not to get too hung up on the draw.

But cramped odds on the favourite and a single-figure price on his stablemate don't really excite, and for that reason we're going to put up a couple of value alternatives at juicy odds - split win stakes on the pair.

Joseph O'Brien's Raise You won a decent won a decent 1m handicap off a big weight on his first start of 2021 and would have finished closer than fifth in a similar race on his most recent start, having been tight for space in the final furlong.

A Listed winner at three, he looks as good as ever and his shrewd handler may well have primed him for this race.

Sir Busker is the class act in the race, hence he carries top weight, and he has a good record on the straight mile here, including winning the Silver Royal Hunt Cup and finishing third (a little over two lengths) behind Palace Pier in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on ground faster than he likes.

He's continued to run well at a high level since and a fast-run mile on ground with some cut in it should be ideal.

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