Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) 1m 2f
- (3yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 10 runners)
- Winner £737,230 2nd £279,500 3rd £139,880 4th £69,680 5th £34,970 6th £17,550
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 12.02s
- Off time: 16:12:50
|2nd||1 Cirrus Des Aigles||nk||6/4f|
|3rd||9 Ruler Of The World||½||13/2|
Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) 14
|7||129 9-3||Mme C Barbe||C Soumillon||123||6/4f|
|5||129 9-3||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||124||11/4|
Hunter's Light (IRE) 63
|5||129 9-3 hv||Saeed bin Suroor||M Barzalona||113||25/1|
Main Sequence (USA) 28
|4||129 9-3 p||D R Lanigan||T E Durcan||111||66/1|
|4||129 9-3||W J Haggas||P Hanagan||123||14/1|
Parish Hall (IRE) 15
|4||129 9-3||J S Bolger||K J Manning||113||50/1|
|3||124 8-12||Sir Michael Stoute||R Hughes||119||14/1|
Morandi (FR) 28
|3||124 8-12||J C Rouget||C P Lemaire||116||10/1|
Ruler Of The World (IRE) 13
|3||124 8-12 p||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||120||13/2|
Triple Threat (FR) 34
|3||124 8-12||A Fabre||M Guyon||114||20/1|
||4||9-3||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||2/11|
Cirrus Des Aigles won this in 2011 and found only the mighty Frankel too good in last year's renewal. But he's struggled to attain his former heights all season despite winning a couple of lesser Group races and may be worth taking on. Farhh won the Lockinge back in May on his only start of the year so far and is a leading contender, but stablemate Hunter's Light is hard to fancy on recent form. Mukhadram beat Main Sequence earlier but has come up short behind Al Kazeem in a couple of subsequent Group 1 events while the likes of Parish Hall, Hillstar and Morandi are others with something to prove at this level. Derby winner, Ruler Of The World, failed to get involved in the Arc, though had finished ahead of TRIPLE THREAT over 1m4f in the Prix Neil Arc trial earlier. But that was the latter's first race since July and it could prove significant that Andre Fabre decided to give the Arc a miss and aimed his Monsun colt at this shorter distance instead. He gets a speculative vote to go close at a big price.
Farhh 10-3 (9-0) Tracked leaders, keen early, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Newbury 1m Grp 1 (1) gf in May beating Sovereign Debt (9-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) 7-4fav (8-13) won at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) sft beating Mandour (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Ruler Of The World (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) 7th of 17, 12l behind Treve (8-8) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft.
Hunter's Light (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Inside, clipped 1/8, 10th of 13, 6l behind The Apache (9-0) at Arlington(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Mukhadram 4-9fav (9-2) Made all, hard ridden when challenged from over 2f out, stayed on well under pressure, won at York 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul beating Grandeur (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Hillstar 12-1 (8-11) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, pushed along 3f out, unable to quicken and driven over 2f out, one pace and no impression on leading trio, 4th of 6, 5l behind Declaration Of War (9-5) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Morandi (FR) (9-2) 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Intello (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 sft in Sep.
Main Sequence (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked clear leader, closed over 3f out, led briefly inside final 3f, chased leader, every chance 2f out, kept on pressing for 2nd but not pace of winner inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Camborne (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Parish Hall (IRE) 7-4 (9-8) Raced in 2nd, ridden before straight, challenged 2f out, led from 1 1/2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol beating Manalapan (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Triple Threat (FR) 9-2 (9-2) 8th of 10, 4l behind Kizuna (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) sft in Sep.