Coral Racing News
|Tuesday 5th September 2017|
5 flat races to look forward to this Autumn
St Leger Stakes and Champion Stakes are on the horizon
The British flat-season may be drawing to a close but there’s still plenty of exciting racing to look forward to.
In the coming months there’s the St Leger, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Champions Day to whet the racing appetite.
Ahead of that though, there’s the Haydock Sprint Cup.
Here the Coral News Team looks ahead to five big season-ending flat races while revealing the best ante-post bets for each race.
Clive Cox’s sprinter has enjoyed a fantastic season including victory over Limato in the Darley July Cup Stakes at Newmarket. Given his form the three-year-old is the runaway market leader at 6/4.
Value wise however, Coral are tipping Battaash at 8/1. He may be untried at 6f but Charlie Hills’ charge is a progressive horse. Defeat in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August will not damage his chances and he should run well.
Of those two it’s Capri that gets the vote following an impressive win over Cracksman at the Curragh in July. Cracksman has since gone on to win the Voltigeur Stakes at the York Ebor Festival. And that highlights just how good Capri is on his day.
The three-year-old has blitzed all in Group One company this season. And it’s difficult to see the evens-chance fancy getting beat at Longchamp. John Gosden’s charge looks unstoppable at the moment and is a worthy favourite for the race.
Cracksman is next best at 8/1 while the Japanese Satono Diamond is 9/1.
It’s Ribchester that is the fancy ante-post at 7/2. The Irish-bred raider loves racing over a mile and won convincingly on his appearance at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes. Three-year-old Churchill is an obvious danger at 7/1. His trainer Aiden O’Brien has won this renewal four times and claimed last year’s prize with Minding.
However, Coral’s tip is Winter, also at 7/1. The three-year-old has proved consistent over course and distance. If she’s put forward for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes she should be given serious consideration.
Should those three line-up, it would be a repeat of the Juddmonte International Stakes at the York Ebor Festival. Ulysses won that day and is liked to repeat the feat on 21 October.
Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old has been imperious this season. Over his favourite distance of 1m2f it should come as no surprise that he’s the market favourite.