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Talking Horses: Dubai Honor May Annoy Champions Day Favorites | Sports

The race for the Flat Jockeys title seemed to be over by this time last week, but William Buick’s late rally to challenge defending champion Oisin Murphy adds to what is already the most addicting and competitive Champions Day of the 11th year.

From the Group 2 Stayers race at the top of the Ascot card on Saturday – which is a Group One by name – to the £ 1.2m Champion Stakes at 3.50, this promises to be a Champions Day that more than lives up to its name.

Murphy is again a hot favorite for the title after driving three times in front of Buick at Haydock on Friday, but this is a six-race card with endless possibilities for all of the most valuable events – the Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – are calculated as a virtual head-to-head ratio.

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Market lawn
1.00 On My Command 1.35 Foillan 2.10 Breaking waves 2.45 Dino Velvet 3.20 Francky Du Berlais 3.55 Cilluirid 4.25 Le Fils De Force

Catterick Bridge
1.20 Tudor Queen 1.55 Diva Dancer 2.30 Admiralty 3.05 Emiyn 3.40 Count D’Orsay 4.15 Dark Shot 4.50 Bollin Neil

1.25 Baron Samedi 2.00 Art Power (nap) 2.35 Snowfall 3.10 Alcohol-free (nb) 3.50 Dubai Honor 4.30 Escobar

Ffos Las
1.40 Belle Na Bann 2.15 Gold Bar 2.50 Uno Mas 3.25 Fairlawn Flyer 4.00 Cadzand 4.35 Fame and Fortune 5.05 Roseisarose Rose 5.40 Kayf Taoi

1.45 Don’t stop 2.20 Serjeant Painter 2.55 Al Kherb 3.30 Shentri 4.05 Steel column 4.40 Rebel leader 5.15 Amelia’s dance

5.00 Zafaranah 5.30 Tyche 6.00 Tinsmith 6.30 Restless pursuit 7.00 Hasty sailor 7.30 Emblem Empire 8.00 Symbol of light 8.30 Nacho

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Many of the stars of the summer are on the cast list, including Adayar and Snowfall, the Derby and Oaks winners, respectively, at Epsom in June, but there are also several fascinating late bloomers that may sneak under the radar as they test themselves for the First time battle-tested Group One horses.

The Champion Stakes are the prime example as Mishriff and Adayar are offered at 13-8 and 2-1 with at least 7-1 against their eight opponents, including Addeybb, who won on much softer ground 12 months ago.

Mishriff and Adayar are both multiple Group One winners with obvious chances, but Adayar falls behind two weeks ago after a tough race with a very smooth run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Mishriff, meanwhile, has been beaten in his only two starts at Ascot, including this race last year, and could save his best form for faster ground.

Addeybb doesn’t have the bottomless bottom that suits him so well and that leaves Dubai honor (3.50) as an interesting option against the market leaders at around 7: 1. Like his stablemate Baaeed, who previously competed on the map against Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Dubai Honor has made rapid strides this year, from winning a Newmarket handicap in early July to winning Group 2 at Longchamp two ago Weeks. when he showed a high-class turn on the last quarter mile to storm from last to first. That was enough to persuade his owner, Mohamed Obaida, to add him for Saturday’s race, and any further improvement from a horse with only eight races behind him could mean a nice return on his boat.

The QEII bets take a very similar form, with Palace Pier and Baaeed dominating the market, but the eye catcher here already has three Group One wins on their name. non-alcoholic (next best 3.10) is rated roughly 9-1 to give Murphy a potentially decisive win in the title race, despite having the best performance of her career when she first started out in open company in July to win the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood to win . She didn’t come home more than a mile and a half last time on the international missions but looks overpriced after a mile and on the route where she landed the coronation missions in June.

It’s hard to see the past Snowfall (2.35) in the champions mare and mare stakes, while the front runner Art power (2.00) could prove to be an ideal draw for the Champions Sprint in stable 20 and last time he showed his best performance of the year.

Hollie Doyle is reunited with Trueshan in the Long Distance Cup after missing his Group One win at Longchamp two weeks ago due to a suspension, and he will finally face Stradivarius on a floor that leaves no camp room for excuses. Both horses, however, had a tough race in Paris, and Baron Samedi (1.25), third home in St. Leger, Ireland, is a live runner at around 7-1 while Escobar (4.30) at 20-1 is an alternative to hot favorite Sunray Major in the Balmoral Handicap, a race he easily won in 2019, 1 pound lower.

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