14/10/2022. International Horse Racing World: (UK) British Champions Day – (AUS) Vinery Stud, CASINO PRINCE A BIG PRESENCE IN THE BIG DANCE


‘His odds look way out’ – why this horse can win on British Champions Day

Waterville (left) and Art Power both have big chances on Champions Day

Qipco British Champions Day is set to bring the curtain down on the Flat season proper in style at Ascot on Saturday, where Baaeed will attempt to end his stunning career unbeaten in the Champion Stakes. Inspiral, Trueshan, Eldar Eldarov and Emily Upjohn are some of the other big names in action, but who do some of our top tipsters fancy to land a blow on the big day?

Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot: full racecard and betting



1.25 Ascot

Forecast odds: 3-1

By Graeme Rodway, deputy betting editor

This race looks ripe for a small upset.

Trueshan has been disappointing since winning the Northumberland Plate, Eldar Eldarov won a weak St Leger and Quickthorn ran appallingly at Longchamp just a couple of weeks ago.

Step forward Waterville, who did remarkably well to overcome trouble in running to land the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh three weeks ago, recording some impressive late sectionals.

The fact he was able to come from such an unpromising position, after a sluggish start, in a slowly run race and still beat some battle-hardened opponents speaks volumes about his ability and he was having only his sixth start.

There should be plenty more to come from this lightly raced three-year-old and he can announce himself as the next Ballydoyle staying star.



Art Power

2.00 Ascot

Forecast odds: 6-1

By David Jennings, deputy Ireland editor

He may have finished only fourth but I thought Art Power ran a remarkable race in this last year when fourth from stall 20. The first three home came from 5-2-4 and the Tim Easterby-trained grey had to do his own thing down the centre of the track away from the main action.

The draw has been much kinder to Art Power this time and stall eight means he will be right in the thick of things from the word go.

He was sent off 3-1 favourite for the race 12 months ago off the back of a stylish win in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh. He won the same event en route to Ascot this year and produced an even better performance according to Racing Post Ratings. He received an RPR of 120 in 2021 and 123 in 2022.

He certainly looked better than ever at the Curragh and I cannot believe he was 8-1 all week. Even the 6-1 available now looks terrific value.




2.00 Ascot

Forecast odds: 20-1

By Keith Melrose, betting editor

The Champions Sprint is an open heat and I may end up spreading my stakes around a few of the 18 runners. The only one I have gone in on for now is Garrus, whose price is way out of whack.

In line with the Charlie Hills yard as a whole, Garrus has had the season of his life. After travelling well on the near side before trailing off at Royal Ascot, he won a Group 3 in Deauville on his next start before finishing a length third, behind only Highfield Princess and Minzaal, in the Maurice de Gheest.

Garrus is drawn in the thick of the action here and is several times the price of horses he beat on his last run. Odds of around 20-1 look way out, and are particularly appealing with five places available each-way.



Stormy Antarctic

4.40 Ascot

Forecast odds: 16-1

By Owen Goulding, tipster

I’m fascinated by the chances of Stormy Antarctic and believe the spritely nine-year-old can run a big race off a potentially lenient mark.

At his peak, he was a Group 2 winner and more recently he scored at Listed level at Goodwood in May 2021. He has shaped with promise in all three of his 2022 runs and his latest third at Ayr can be upgraded given the ground was too quick for him.

His rating of 103 could easily underestimate him and a strongly run mile should also play to his strengths. The forecast seals the deal for me, especially at odds around 16-1.



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Casino Prince’s reputation as the ultimate breed to race stallion was proven yet again after Randwick-based Caesars Palace became the stallion’s fourth qualifier for the $2million The Big Dance (1600m). He joins eligible runners Casino Kid, winner of the Dubbo Cup, Nowra Cup winner She’s All In and Stakes winner Bandersnatch who qualified through his Tamworth Cup win. 
The Anthony Cummings-trained Caesars Palace, is in the mix following a win in the $75,000 Coonamble Cup (1600m) which was transferred to Dubbo on Wednesday.  Given the run of the race by Aaron Bullock, he chimed in at the furlong to score by two lengths from Philipsburg (Per Incanto).
“The Coonamble Cup was Plan A but there were lots of options with all the changes we’ve had for race dates and distances,” Cummings said.  “The Five Diamonds was another alternative – you’ve got to keep nominating to keep alive as long as you can these days.”
Caesars Palace (5g Casino Prince – Soffraaj by Iffraaj) has earned $350,000 for a large Cummings-managed syndicate after they gave him plenty of time to mature.  He won a Goulburn 1600m maiden as an autumn 3yo and has turned the corner this year winning at Rosehill over 1500m and 1800m.
Cummings bred Caesars Palace having also sourced his Vinery-based sire Casino Prince and dam Soffraaj as yearlings at the Magic Millions.  His promising 3yo half-brother Kote (Choisir) won for the second time in town this season when taking a Randwick Midway for Cummings last Saturday.

CAESARS PALACE (Casino Prince x Soffraaj) collects his second Rosehill win.

The $150,000 Big Dance Wild Card (1600m) at Randwick this Saturday gives Casino Prince a final opportunity to make it five qualifiers for the Randwick final on Melbourne Cup Day.  His Wyong-based gelding Casino Mondial will be exempt from a ballot if he finishes in the first two.
Meanwhile, Team Hawkes has Bandersnatch entered for the MRC Moonga Stakes (Gr.3, 1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.  He was an early qualifier for The Big Dance after winning the Tamworth Cup in April.
Bandersnatch was unplaced in the BRC Stradbroke Hcp (Gr.1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm in June and he resumed with a late rush to finish third in the MRC Testa Rossa Stakes (LR, 1300m) at Sandown last month.
Casino Prince stands at Vinery for $5,500 (inc GST), makeing him the Hunter Valley’s value-plus sire for owner-breeders.  For bookings or further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).

Multiple Stakes winner and Big Dance contender BANDERSNATCH (Casino Prince x Divine Faith).

Vinery sire All Too Hard finished third on the Inglis Ready2Race Sale leader-board at Riverside Stables on Tuesday.

He averaged $190,000 and that was only bettered by Dundeel and Deep Field for stallions with three or more lots to sell on a day when turnover peaked at a record-breaking $15.61million.

All Too Hard had two colts make $230,000 starting with Upper Bloodstock’s bid for his 2yo from Pentasia (Lot 7).  “He’s a beautiful colt and I really like him.” Inglis General Manager Jonathon D’Arcy said before acknowledging the opening bid.  “He’s by All Too Hard and doesn’t he look a racehorse in the making.”

It’s not the first time Upper Bloodstock’s Ross Lao has targeted an All Too Hard in Australia.  He purchased Flying Genius who won four races for Tony Cruz and leading stable client Stella Fung Siu Wan in Hong Kong.

He also bought consistent sprinter-miler My Ecstatic who won three races in Hong Kong last season capped by a blistering two-length victory in the Jervois Hcp (1655m) at Happy Valley in June. 

Lot 7 ALL TOO HARD x PENTASIA colt, bought by Upper Bloodstock for $230,000.

New Zealand vendor Ross Mackay of Leanach Lodge was delighted with the response to the All Too Hard colt from his first draft in Sydney.  “It’s a great way to start our adventure over here in Australia,” he exclaimed.  “He’s thrived since arriving and everything has gone right.  He’s just got better and better and his older half-brother (King Arthur) just keeps winning in Singapore.”

Trainer Ricky Yiu had already joined the All Too Hard juggernaut in Hong Kong before buying his colt from Be Happy (Lot 126) on Tuesday.  Like Lao, he was forced to see off several under-bidders before having final say at $230,000.

Yiu rejuvenated All Too Hard’s straight-course specialist Alcari winning three 1000m sprints at Sha Tin last season.  “Alcari is a character and is a much happier horse after a break at Conghua,” Yiu said.  “The environment there obviously suits him.”

The Hong Kong connection has been a windfall for All Too Hard.  There have been 14 individual winners of 45 races to date with his multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Wellington back on deck for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Gr.1, 1200m) in December.

Wellington trialled over 1200m at Sha Tin on Tuesday while the Ready2Race Sale was in progress in Sydney.  He was beaten a neck by Reve Parisien (NZ), however, the fact he was giving the leader 10 lengths well into the straight wasn’t mentioned in the trial report – “Wellington was taken back early; swung widest at turn and ran on impressively.”

Trainer Richard Gibson is expected to kick-off Wellington’s latest campaign in the HK$5million Premier Bowl Hcp (Gr.2, 1200m) at Sha Tin on October 23.

All Too Hard stands at Vinery for $38,500 (inc GST).  For bookings or further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).

Lot 126 All Too Hard x Be Happy colt, breezed up in 10.33 seconds.
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by Vinery