Ascot 3.50 (Champion Stakes) tips – Crystal a clear choice

Ascot 3.50 (Champion Stakes) tips - Crystal a clear choice

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Betting Tip: @ Crystal Ocean @ 11/4 with bet365

Cracksman ran away with his race last year and and will do so again if turning up in the same sort of form, but I wouldn’t want to be taking odds-on quotes on that happening. While he did win Group 1 races on his first two outings of this year, the Prix Ganay and Coronation Cup were far from vintage renewals and he only just scrambled home in the Epsom contest when long odds-on. Another odds-on defeat over this course and distance followed in July and while it’s easy to blame the prevailing fast ground, the fact his trainer John Gosden is reaching for first-time blinkers hardly suggests he’s confident of the four-year-old bouncing back to his best.

If you still want to back him at 5/6, you’re a braver man than me and the obvious alternative is CRYSTAL OCEAN, who finished a close second in the King George (1m4f) before attempting the impossible at Kempton, where he finished a clear second best behind Enable, giving the dual Arc winner 8lb. That rates as the best form in 2018 and Sir Michael Stoute’s should be fine dropping back 2f as he has plenty of tactical speed and his extra stamina will be an asset in the conditions. There’s not much not to like, albeit he’s plenty short enough now at 11/4.

There are eight runners in total and that is good news for each-way backers, who should seriously consider Monarch’s Glen at bet365’s 14/1. Cracksman’s stablemate has won half his ten starts and looked to be still improving when winning a classy edition of the Wolferton Handicap (1m2f) at the royal meeting, with Frankie Dettori able to ease up a long way before the line. That was on fast ground but he’s won on soft and is relatively fresh having been limited to just the two starts in 2018.

Betting Tip: @ Crystal Ocean @ 11/4 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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