Qipco Champion Stakes 2018 Betting and Odds Preview
The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race that takes place every year in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. The race is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs which equals to 2012 metres and is part of the British Champions Day every October.
Last year, the race was won by Cracksman, who together with Roaring Lion, is once again the biggest favourite to win the race scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 October. John Gosden is the trainer working with both of these horses and as things stand he will likely be crowned as champion trainer for the third time if his horses perform as they should.
But are Cracksman and Roaring Lion the only likely winners in the Champions Stakes this year or are there also other contenders that can attack the first position at Ascot? Let’s have a look at what the best horse racing betting sites are suggesting and let’s take it from there.
Will Cracksman Bow Out in Style?
Cracksman did not take part in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and has not run ever since he finished second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot this June. He has missed races such as King George VI & Queen Elisabeth Stakes, but it has been decided that he will definitely finish his career at the 1 Qipco Champion Stakes in Ascot.
Cracksman has won two Group 1s this season, but for many people working with the horse it has been obvious that he is not the same as last year, especially as he is mentally a completely different horse and he is now much more interested in females, and because of this concentration problem he will probably run in headgear on Saturday.
Bookmakers seem to feel that Cracksman can definitely finish his career in style and as a result some of them like Ladbrokes have priced him as the top joint favourite together with Roaring Lion at odds of 7/4 while others such as Coral are only putting him slightly behind his rival and are giving him odds of 15/8.
Can Roaring Lion Showcase His Full Potential?
Cracksman will go head to head with his main rival Roaring Lion. This will be an emotional race for everyone following and supporting Josh Gosden’s prized asset, the four year old Cracksman, who will end an illustrious career in which he has established as one of the very best.
However, for those trying to predict the winner of Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot the more likely winner of the race will probably be Roaring Lion. The three year old has shown a dramatic improvement this year and his victory at Leopardstown in the Irish Champion Stakes, despite having an impossible task from out wide is a testament to how good he can be on his day. The grey colt has a great built and this year he has got much bigger and stronger managing to fulfill all of his potential.
This is why bookmakers such as Coral make Roaring Lion their strongest candidate for the victory at the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot and give him odds of 7/4, while bookmakers such as Ladbrokes make him joint favourite with Cracksman at the same odds.
Can Crystal Ocean Be the Surprise Winner?
Crystal Ocean is the third favourite to win the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, but he is by no means an outsider for those who have been following his performances. One of the reasons why he might be a surprise winner at Ascot is the fact that he absolutely loves running there. In addition to that, he is also very versatile when it comes to racing on different grounds. Finally, he does have a victory in a 1 mile and 2 furlongs race this season, even though he is at his best when running over 1m4f and beyond.
Crystal Ocean was not part of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp as he was aimed for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot which makes his victory at the track a little more likely and bookmakers such as Ladbrokes and Coral have taken this possibility into account and have given the ground-versatile horse odds of 5/1 and 9/2 respectively to win the race.
Does Capri Have an Outside Chance?
Surprisingly, Aidan O’Brien has never won the Champions Stakes. The decorated Irish trainer who has won almost everything there is to win will certainly be putting all of his hopes here on his best candidate for victory at Ascot, the four year old Capri.
Capri is not considered as a top three favourite here, but bookmakers feel that he can pounce on a bad day for Roaring Lion, Cracksman, and Crystal Ocean and if given the chance, he can nick the victory at the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Bookmakers certainly seem to see the case for the in-form horse and as a result they make him their biggest favourite outside the top three contenders for victory. This is why Capri will probably be the choice for those punters going after big profit with a relatively smaller deposit, especially as bookmakers such as Ladbrokes and Coral give Capri high odds of 12/1.
Will It Be Monarchs Glen Day?
Monarchs Glen is a four year old trained by John Gosden and this in itself is a good enough recommendation for anyone looking for a horse with an outsider’s chance of winning the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Monarchs Glen comes with pretty high odds in this race and will definitely be John Gosden’s third favourite behind Roaring Lion and Cracksman, but the horse can be quite good when he is on form and if on Saturday he enters the race as strongly as he can, he can be the surprise winner at Ascot.
Ladbrokes give Monarchs Glen quite high odds of 12/1 in the outright winner market and Coral go for the same odds when pricing the four year old. If you feel that Monarchs Glen can finish ahead of his more illustrious stable mates, you can certainly make some good cash on that proposition.