Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) 1m 2f

  • (3yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £737,230 2nd £279,500 3rd £139,880 4th £69,680 5th £34,970 6th £17,550
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 2.52s
  • Off time: 16:21:12

Full Result

16:10 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (1) 1 Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) Mme C Barbe 5 9-3 C Soumillon 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led just inside final furlong, ran on opened 8/1
2nd (9) ¾ 4 So You Think (NZ) A P O'Brien 5 9-3 R L Moore 7/4f
SP 7/4f Tracked leading pair, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, soon headed, stayed on £8000-£4000(x2) £4000-£2000(x2) £2000-£1000(x3) £7500-£4000 £2250-£1200 £1875-£1000 £1500-£800(x2) £7000-£4000 £3500-£2000 £1750-£1000
3rd (2) ½ 9 Snow Fairy (IRE) E A L Dunlop 4 9-0 O Peslier 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up, improved 6f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong opened 9/1 £6000-£600 £3000-£300(x2) £10000-£1200 £8000-£1000 £5000-£600
4th (3) 2 8 Midday Sir H R A Cecil 5 9-0 T P Queally 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, short of room and shuffled back after 2f, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong opened 10/1 £45000-£5000
5th (10) s.h 12 Nathaniel (IRE) J H M Gosden 3 8-12 William Buick 5/1
SP 5/1 Pressed leader until led 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on opened 6/1 £10000-£1500 £1800-£300
6th (11) 2 Green Destiny (IRE) W J Haggas 4 9-3 K Fallon 14/1
SP 14/1 In rear, headway and switched left over 1f out, kept on final furlong opened 20/1
7th (5) 5 Sri Putra R Varian 5 9-3 N Callan 100/1
SP 100/1 In rear, kept on from over 1f out, never near leaders
8th (7) 3 Ransom Note C Hills 4 9-3 M Hills 40/1
SP 40/1 Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 66/1
9th (4) s.h 7 Wigmore Hall (IRE) M L W Bell 4 9-3 J P Spencer 28/1
SP 28/1 In rear, not much room over 1f out, never near leaders
10th (8) ¾ 6 Twice Over Sir H R A Cecil 6 9-3 I Mongan 12/1
SP 12/1 In touch, headway 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out opened 14/1
11th (6) 10 Casamento (IRE) M Al Zarooni 3 8-12 M Barzalona 25/1
SP 25/1 Always in rear
12th (12) 69 11 Dubai Prince (IRE) M Al Zarooni 3 8-12 L Dettori 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, soon eased £3750-£500

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £5.50 Tote Place £1.30 £1.40 £2.30 Straight Forecast £32.66 Exacta £25.40 Trifecta £126.10 Swingers 1&2 £4.20, 2&3 £4.40, 1&3 £11.10

Jackpot £36,959.70, Pool: £442475.7, 8.5 winning tickets
Placepot £156.60, Pool: £253611.75, 1181.66 winning tickets
Quadpot £48.30, Pool: £12760.96, 195.36 winning tickets

Analysis

Many commentators in France felt that CIRRUS DES AIGLES would be a worthy contender for the Arc following his continued improvement this season but that road was denied him having already been gelded. Perfectly placed throughout on the rails, tracking So You Think, he received a typically confident ride from Christophe Soumillon who delayed his challenge until approaching the two furlong pole and the five year old showed a terrific attitude to get the better of a sustained dual in the final quarter of a mile. So You Think has proved a tough nut to crack when eyeballing his rivals and produced yet another top-class performance but the overwhelming feeling is one of disappointment given all that was expected of him at the start of the season. He had absolutely no excuses on this occasion with the trip widely believed to be his optimum and he was ideally placed under Ryan Moore throughout - it's possible that his run in the Arc took something out of him but he backed up his races in Australia and it seems that he is not quite the superstar that many had expected - and hoped - that he would be. He just reversed Arc placings with Snow Fairy having enjoyed a better run through the race (as the filly had done in Paris) and there's very little to choose between the pair. Credit must go to Ed Dunlop for getting her back to her best after an early season hiccup and she looks set to go on her travels again in search of more lucrative rewards; she deserves to win another big prize before the season's out. Midday again come up short against the boys but this admirable mare ran another fine race, doing best of those held-up. It's not an easy tactic to successfully employ on the round course and connections may have wished that they had made a little more use of her from a good draw. John Gosden had expressed concerns about the draw earlier in the week and it may have been Nathaniel's berth in 10 as well as the shorter trip that led connections to drive their colt to the front from the off. Unfortunately, he had the outsider Ransom Note for company and the tactic backfired as he was lit-up and always looked to be doing too much. This was a fine run in the circumstances but the jury is still out as to whether he will be able to run up to his best over this trip next season. Green Destiny has made staggering strides since dotting up in a Newmarket handicap from a mark of 87 in April. They always looked to be going half a stride too quickly for him in the straight but he stuck to his task gamely once out in the open and ran all the way to the line. Underfoot conditions would have been fast enough for the son of Marju who has surely earned himself another crack at this level next season if retained by connections. Sri Putra ran a solid race having been below par the last twice and running in the top company seems to bring the best out of him as he has regularly let his supporters down when dropped in grade. Wigmore Hall was staying on when running into the back of rivals in the straight and was looked after thereafter; he may have finished a place or two closer but is always going to be a hostage to fortune on this track; another international campaign beckons for him. The move away from Newmarket was always expected to be to the detriment of the chances of Twice Over who had won the previous two renewals of this race but this was still disappointing even allowing for the stronger make-up of the contest. It's possible that too much use of him was made as he struggled to get home but Ian Mongan would, otherwise, have had to sit and suffer at the rear and hope for the gaps whilst he is probably better when allowed to come with a longer, sustained challenge than the straight at Ascot allows. Casamento and Dubai Prince had both returned to form last month after truncated campaigns but failed to build on their runs and the Godolphin team have plenty to do if their colts are to fulfil the promise of their juvenile campaigns.