Champions Day at Ascot features four Group 1 races, a contest at Group 2 level and the richest mile handicap in Europe. The final race on the card used to be an apprentices handicap but is now a race just below listed level. The concluding event of the climax of the Flat season looks a tough puzzle to solve but Lord Glitters can win the race after an afternoon that glitters with the best horses in Britain and Ireland.
The chances of Cliffs Of Mohor in the Champions Stakes have been discussed in another article and Order Of St George looks the banker bet of the day. If those two horses oblige Aidan O’Brien will set a new world record for the number of Group and Grade 1 winners in a calendar year. He targets the major races for his wealthy owners and he has a great chance of setting a new mark for winners at the highest level.
The Balmoral Handicap (4.30pm) is run over the straight mile and there is a maximum field of 20 runners. Lord Glitters has the highest Racing Post Rating and the horse can be backed at 4/1 with William Hill. He is one of the best handicapped runners and went close at Ascot two weeks ago after being expensively purchased from France. Champions Day often produces shocks but LORD GLITTERS can oblige for favourite backers in the last.
Burnley look like cannon fodder at Manchester City today. The home team are scoring goals for fun and on first impression this could be another goals bonanza. Beyond the headline gulfs in class Burnley excel at preventing sides getting into good scoring positions. City like to manoeuvre the ball to create clear scoring chances and they could be frustrated at the Etihad today so back the DRAW at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.