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Tom Marquand celebrates as Addeybb wins

Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle rode two winners apiece as the star couple dominated QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot. Recap the action.

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1640: I don't know if you'd quite call it a meteoric rise for Doyle and Marquand but the script writers could hardly have written anything better.

It's been a truly remarkable day for the young pair and their performances - and reaction to their success - has lifted Champions Day.

The pair are now being interviewed on Sky Sports Racing and can't keep the smiles off their faces.

I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have and that you'll be able to join us again next week.

Goodbye for now.

1633: That brings the curtain down on a brilliant day's racing at Ascot.

I heard reference that John Gosden wasn't happy with the ground but I haven't heard any quotes directly from the trainer's mouth. I'm sure someone will chase that up tomorrow or on Monday though.

The danger of holding a key flat meeting at this time of year was always going to be an issue, as was cited at its inception, and that unprecedented amount of rain a couple of weeks back took its toll.

Perhaps we should move it to Kempton?

Joking aside. We've seen some top racing and the winners were hardly scoring out of turn with two of them improving on second place finishes from 12 months ago and another, Wonderful Tonight, capping a meteoric rise.

1625: A winner for Value Bet but more importantly (I jest) Graignes got fourth.

Solid Stone was second and, I think, Greenside was third.

Raaeq held on for fifth.

Remarkably, Tom Marquand was aboard the winner and Hollie Doyle the second.

Unbelievable. Anyone have the forecast?

Marquand was grinning all over his face when interviewed by Matt Chapman. I'm not sure anything too much of note was said there.

The action unfolded on the far side of the track so it's probably worth watching the replay and making a note of those that had to do their racing away from the principals. There must be a horse or two in there worth tracking.

1624: Njord wins the Balmoral Handicap.

1618: Money for River Nymph, reports Matt Chapman.

There's no money for Ropey Guest who is ridden by Tom Queally; he's had some more fancied mounts on this day in the past. Ropey Guest is an outsider and has a bit to prove at this trip but he was good enough to finish fourth in the Jersey Stakes.

Kynren is only a couple of pounds lower than when finishing sixth in last year's renewal. The handicapper has been a little harsh as he's not often threatened this season but 33s is the sort of price that takes the eye as these conditions definitely suit.

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1612: Frankie Dettori rides Alternative Fact for Ed Dunlop.

He's down at the foot of the weights and has been well tipped up.

Breaking and significant news - Tempus is a non-runner.

The second favourite is a late withdrawal, the runners were already leaving the paddock when that came through. Out on veterinary advice apparently with Roger Charlton not happy in the pre-parade.

Charlton is still represented by Blue Mist who often hasn't lived up to market expectations but he does run this track well and it wouldn't entirely surprise to see him show up well.

1610: Paul's Saga is a 50/1 winner of the French Champion Hurdle.

I don't think the British challengers threatened.

1606: Is defeat out of the question for Raaeq?

He's been well backed and as much was suggested to me earlier in the day but I've backed plenty of losers with similar tags in the past!

Fortunately, I'd already had a dart on the race and wasn't tempted to throw any more at the Balmoral Handicap.

There are six places on offer with Sky Bet, five with Paddy Power and Betfair, and any amount of appealing alternatives to the favourite with Tempus high on the list.

I'll be happy if he finishes second to Graignes.

Or Bell Rock or Orbaan for that matter.

1559: There is a long odds-on favourite for the French Champion Hurdle (1600) at Auteuil but perhaps the British runners will be able to grab some of the prize money.

I'll try and keep an eye on that and bring you news of the result.

1556: There's one more to come from Ascot and I'm fairly sure that I heard Keats has been declared a non-runner although I haven't found official confirmation of that yet.

That is now confirmed, Keats is out with the going given as the reason.

1552: I'm not sure that Magical was ever really travelling as well as she can and she wasn't able to get through some small gaps when the opportunity may have arisen.

Consequently she had to be switched at least once and it's to her credit that she ran on as well as she did.

Ryan Moore may have got a gap on the inside alongside Skalleti at the top of the straight and did end up coming through on that line but the runner-up had taken two or three lengths out of him in getting first run.

The winner, though, had flown. The manner in which he picked up when asked to go and win his race was seriously impressive and his connections are clearly, and understandably, delighted.

There could be a lot of media work for both Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle in the coming days.

1548: Skalleti ran a terrific race to be second while not a lot went right for Magical who showed her guts to take third.

William Haggas: "Marvellous horse, He was really up for it today. I'm absolutely thrilled. He was in a great position and he stays and he's tough, he loves the ground and he loves it here."

Tom Marquand: "What a credit to the whole team at home. He deserved that Group One here so much. He travelled like a true good horse throughout the race. I've never ridden a horse like it. The ground is as bad as you can get and he makes you feel like you're on quick ground."

And on his partner Hollie Doyle: "I'm so proud of her. All she does is get up everyday and graft."

1546: Addeybb wins the QIPCO Champion Stakes.

1544: The Irish Champion Stakes showed that Magical can do it any which way but I imagine that she'd be settled in behind the early pace with one or two possible front-runners in the line-up.

Not long until we find out as they're loading.

1541: Extra Elusive missed the parade and went straight down to the start.

Magical is the 13/8 market leader.

Addeybb is out to 9/1 and if I were to back one each-way against the jolly then he would be it. He's had a relatively light campaign having been freshened up after his productive trip to Australia.

He enjoyed a confidence boosting win at Ayr last time and will relish the conditions.

The runners are at the start as Magical is pushed out to 15/8 in the face of some money for Mishriff (4/1).

1534: Serpentine was getting a little worked up in the paddock apparently and was led out for a short while to calm down.

That was during the announcements introducing the jockeys.

A penny for Aidan O'Brien's thoughts?

Magical is an old pro though and reportedly took it all in her stride.

1531: The jockeys are being introduced individually as they walk out to the paddock in turn.

I know it's on the tv and all but this seems more than a little odd with no racegoers in attendance.

1528: Japan has plenty to prove on this season's form but his trainer has been making encouraging noises.

Serpentine routed the field in the Derby, Pyledriver has been a star while French Derby winner Mishriff's star has been firmly in the ascendancy.

Addeybb was runner-up last year and his form ties in closely with Lord North while Skalleti's form stands up to scrutiny.

This is a proper race and Magical will need to be at her best to win it.

1524: Magical won this race last year when the ground was very testing so, hopefully, conditions won't be a problem for her and she's had a decent little break since a tough assignment at Leopardstown.

I couldn't see past Palace Pier in the preceding race and I'm not in a rush to take this mare on either. That said, I think it's far easier to make cases for some of her rivals than it was in the QEII.

1515: Roseman was second, only about a head or a quarter behind with Palace Pier around three lengths adrift in third, only just ahead of the remarkable Sir Busker.

The runner-up was on the pace throughout, I think, and it didn't appear to be an overly strong gallop. Palace Pier was well in rear in the early stages but did improve into midfield approaching halfway.

That's a fine training performance from Francis-Henri Graffard and a perfect ride from Pierre-Charles Boudot.

The winning rider was interviewed by Matt Chapman whose first column followed an excruciating introduction.

"I was very confident with this trainer. The ground and the trip were perfect. My horse was very relaxed and when I asked him he give me a good turn of foot.

"His preparation was good and he was courageous."

The winner looked to be travelling by far the best as the race fell apart but he did have to work hard to get past Roseman.

Palace Pier lost a shoe and Dettori believes that made a big difference, 'you can't win a race on three wheels'.

1511: The Revenant wins the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).

1505: Runners arriving at the start and the market is stagnant.

1500: The Revenant and Veracious were second and fourth last year and have had just three starts between them since, winning two of them.

They were 4/1 and 20/1 chances 12 months ago but Veracious is out at 50s this time around after getting stuck in the mud in the Sun Chariot won by the re-opposing Nazeef, a stablemate of Palace Pier.

Nazeef also won the Falmouth Stakes over a mile and sandwiched between those two victories, were defeats over 10 furlongs.

John Gosden on his pair: "He's in good form coming in here, this is drying out holding ground but at least he's on the straight course. He'll have to handle conditions.

"She's a brilliant filly, been nothing but a revelation this year."

Gosden did seem genuinely concerned about underfoot conditions and repeated Dettori's comments that Stradivarius just couldn't handle the going on the round course.

1456: Good fact from Richard Hoiles as he runs through the runners.

Dark Vision is the only Godolphin runner on the card and he's 80/1.

They have got a promising and unbeaten colt running at Wolverhampton tonight though. I wonder if the Sheikh will be there?

1454: Luke Harvey has just declared that he's 'in love' with Palace Pier.

They're only in the pre-parade ring and still with their rugs on but John Gosden's favourite reportedly looks the part and we've already seen what he can do on the track. Hopefully, we'll get a crowning performance.

1446: This race does appear to be Palace Pier's to lose.

I've seen Century Dream put up as an option against him while The Revenant has more obvious claims.

I'm going to throw Lord Glitters in there too. Sent off at 11/2 when very disappointing last year, he's out at 33s this time around but has been showing plenty of his old spark.

He's not going to win but as a place only option or without the favourite, I can see the seven-year-old picking up the pieces late on. It's not beyond the realms of possibility at any rate.

1443: Frankie's getting closer. I thought he was going to sweep past at one point in the straight.

This next race makes or breaks his day I would imagine and there will be some very long faces if Palace Pier is beaten.

I'm in no rush to take on the son of Kingman although I do like Circus Maximus' gladiatorial attitude and he's two from two at Ascot.

1440: A winning favourite and some respite for punters, possibly.

1437: That's a big win for Menuisier who says: "I'm speechless.

"I'm so tired. I think I pushed harder than William. She's a champion. I've been so lucky and blessed."

It's a first UK Group One for the trainer.

William Buick: "This filly, she's rock solid and we were very confident beforehand. I've been looking forward to riding her all week.

"She was on her own all the way up the straight. She's very game, very gutsy and she's done that well."

"By far and away the best ride in the race was on the winner," says Jason Weaver.

1434: Wonderful Tonight wins the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Dame Maillot and Hollie Doyle had to settle for second, with Passion third.

Mehdaayih loomed large in the straight but didn't get home as well as her rivals.

1431: Wonderful Tonight is the new favourite and Even So seems very solid in the market.

Almost all set.

1428: Most of the field are at the start although I can't see Mehdaayih at present.

She's just being led out onto the course now so we'll be a little behind time.

Ed Vaughan: "The ground is very, very soft down the bottom. I know she's gone on it before and she's probably as good as she's been all year. She's fresh and well."

1424: Victory for Dame Malliot would obviously see Doyle claim the headlines but trainer Ed Vaughan is retiring from training at the end of the season for well publicised reasons. It would be a big moment for him, too.

She was third in the Vermeille last time, finishing ahead of Laburnum, Wonderful Tonight and Even So. She can race prominently so should have a decent position entering the straight, all being well.

Frankie Dettori appears to be jogging down to the start, he's aboard the morning mover Mehdaayih.

1418: A word from Menuisier on Wonderful Tonight: "She's in very good shape, she came out of the race really well and hasn't gone in her coat at all.

"At home we go very steady, especially because she ran two weeks ago, we just let her stretch her legs. The crunch will be when she comes under pressure in the straight.

"She's bucking and squealing every morning."

1415: This is exciting isn't it?

It's a big day for Sussex handler David Menuisier too and his Wonderful Tonight should relish the testing ground on the round course. She was really impressive in France over one mile six last time and should be able to cope with the drop back in distance.

I'm getting tempted but that's supposed to be resisted isn't it?

1410: I think I heard one of the experts suggesting that Dream Of Dreams and Oxted both paid the price for racing too keenly but I'll need to go back and watch the replays. Remember you can do so on our results pages, just follow the link above.

1408: It's the fillies and mares next where Doyle partners Dame Malliot, deemed by many to be her best chance of a winner today.

She couldn't could she?

Remarkable scenes.

1405: It's a first Group One success for Doyle and she describes it as 'a dream come true'.

16/1 and 80/1 the SPs of the first two with One Master third at 11/2.

Art Power and Oxted chased them home.

It's also a first Group One for trainer Archie Watson who, apparently, isn't at Ascot as he's moving house.

1402: Photo for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

Glen Shiel and Hollie Doyle in a photo with Brando.

Doyle has done it again, Glen Shiel called the winner.

1356: Roger Teal on Oxted: "Just the ground I think, that's the only reason (for his odds drifting). He looks great. I think people are just being cautious on the ground. We'll find out in a minute.

"He's pretty straightforward and he likes to run fresh. As long as the ground doesn't hinder him he could run a big race."

Jason Weaver believes 'he should act on it'.

1352: One Master is second favourite having filled second last year.

She's in great form and will love the soft ground but has won only one of her five starts over six furlongs and that was in a maiden on her second career start. I can't have her.

They're leaving the paddock.

William Haggas has just told Oli Bell: "This isn't her best trip but I'm hoping they can go fast and she can stay on."

1349: On Sky Sports Racing, Luke Harvey has opined that Stradivarius 'looks thoroughly exhausted to me' but hopefully he's none the worse for his exertions and he will be back next season which is something to look forward to.

1343: Starman is unbeaten and a very exciting runner for Ed Walker but does he really deserve to be shorter in the betting than the July Cup winner?

That just looks wrong to me.

Oxted has to prove himself on the ground which is something Art Power doesn't have to do. He has a couple of lengths to find with the favourite on their running at Haydock but he did win very impressively at the Royal Meeting and the money for him is interesting.

He retains the potential to rate a good bit higher yet.

1341: All change, all change!

1339: Leopardstown starts shortly and their card features a couple of pattern races.

Fran Berry has a couple of bets at that meeting and one at Ascot.

Fran Berry highlights his best bets

1335: Francesca Cumani brings news of Stradivarius from Frankie Dettori who said his mount 'couldn't get through the heavy ground. Halfway through the writing was on the wall.'

Dettori was happy before the race so perhaps the Arc didn't leave a mark. It's all immaterial now.

One short-priced favourite has bitten the dust. Will Dream of Dreams follow suit?

To be fair, he's not that short now having drifted out to 3/1.

1329: Hollie Doyle takes her interview with Matt Chapman in her stride and gives 'a huge shout out to Alan King.'

1327: The winner was returned at 11/1.

Search For A Song was second and Fujaira Prince third.

The winner, trained by Alan King, was having his first start over two miles and absolutely relished it.

As for Stradivarius, he never picked up and you can only presume that the trip to France and his run in the Arc did leave a mark.

1324: TRUESHAN wins the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.

Hold the front page!

1319: At the start with Stradivarius at 11/10 and looking very calm and collected under Frankie Dettori.

Immediately after the Arc, Gosden said that neither he nor Enable had a tough race in France and we won't be long in finding out.


1316: Broome is the first of the Value Bet selections and there's no doubt that last season's Derrinstown winner has the back form to feature but he's been sighted only once since picking up a knock in the Irish Derby.

He did look a stayer last season and he couldn't be in better hands. The idea of new Broome headlines appeals though. It's hard to resist a bit of awful wordplay.

Ryan Moore rides Sovereign and I struggled to fancy him which, in turn, put me off the claims of Broome.

I'm easily swayed.

1313: Not long to wait for the action and we are set for a fascinating Long Distance Cup.

Is Stradivarius a cornerstone of your multiple or a banker on the card?

1302: I'm sure not everyone believes that a 'mere' handicap belongs on a Champions Day card but I enjoy the puzzle of the Balmoral.

Looking back at the winners, I'm not sure I've ever solved it but I'll be throwing two darts at this year's renewal (and chucking a couple more in exotics) in the shape of Orbaan and Graignes.

Orbaan needs little explanation given he's the David O'Meara first string; the yard has a fantastic record in the race.

Graignes has looked a fascinating recruit to George Baker's yard and has come down in the weights since his first start behind Space Blues in the Lennox Stakes. He wasn't disgraced there, or at Haydock last time, and it's very possible that this markedly different test will suit far better.

His yard knows exactly what it takes to win this type of race, I'm sure Belgian Bill used to regularly run well in similar events, and at 40/1 I'm prepared to take a punt.

Although my phone has just 'pinged' with a strong word for Raaeq who is just 7/2.

I can ignore that, can't I?

1254: The punters 'at' Stratford knew which way to turn as The Bull McCabe ran out a well backed and easy winner of the opener there, coming home a long way clear of second favourite Barbados Buck's who could well be getting scrubbed from the My Stable tracker.

1248: As you'll have heard if you watched the below, Doyle rides Laburnum in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes which is a remarkably open affair - they're betting 5/1 the field.

It does feature one of of the best backed horses in Mehdaayih who represents John Gosden. He and Aidan O'Brien have shared the last four renewals.

The Vermeille form that Doyle mentions is well worth taking seriously but the only trouble being is there are several runners from that race re-opposing. It's a head scratcher and I'm not quite sure which way to turn.

1242: A dapper James Doyle reminisces about winning the Champion Stakes aboard Noble Mission and looks ahead to this afternoon.

1237: The first at Stratford is due off in a few minutes time and I'll be keeping a close eye on Barbados Buck's who I added to the My Stable tracker last season.

1230: The first race of the day could sink a lot of multiples and have those bookies cheering.

Stradivarius has been beaten in three of his five starts this season and twice in this race, as well as winning it in 2018.

Are you for or against?

I'm a sitting on the fence, refusing to get off until someone shoves me kind of person and thought that the general 6/1 about Search For A Song was a perfectly reasonable each-way bet.

She beat Kew Gardens (see below) in last year's Irish Leger, a race she won again impressively last time, and shapes as though this trip won't be an issue. I think she has a big shout and you can find out what her jockey Oisin Murphy has to say in his latest column.

1221: One Master was second in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes last year to 33/1 chance Donjuan Triumphant.

Sands of Mali was returned at 28/1 prior to that while Librisa Breeze won at 10/1 in 2017.

Are we due a winning favourite? Dream Of Dreams looked a revelation when winning at Newbury and got the job done at Haydock and obviously deserves his position at the top of the market and yet.....

He looks one to oppose with an each-way wager for me and my eye was initially drawn to Art Power but the double figure prices about Tim Easterby's sprinter have been snapped up and the three-year-old is now a best of 15/2 which isn't quite so appealing.

I didn't think The Tin Man was disgraced at York last week and for all this is significantly more competitive, perhaps the old boy could roll back the years at a track that suits him better than the Knavesmire? There are five places with Sky Bet, Betfair and Paddy Power and he's out at 40/1.

That's probably expecting a bit much and more realistic claims are held by July Cup winner Oxted and I was intrigued to see an old quote from his trainer Roger Teal who said: "I thought he wanted soft conditions but all his best form is on top of the ground, so I must have got it wrong."

Oxted has it to prove on this ground but if his trainer wasn't wrong........

1215: Pierre-Charles Boudot will be among those hoping to get the mare beaten and he's looking forward to a good book of rides which sees him reunited with One Master.

1213: I'd love to see Magical back up her performance in the Irish Champion Stakes.

I wouldn't object at all if Pyledriver won, that would be, erm, magical but the mare was so good in beating Ghaiyyath and it would be superb if she could follow that up in a race she won last year.

2019 Champion Stakes International Group 1 2000m

1205: Harking back to the Champions Stakes and Timeform have Magical top of their weight-adjusted ratings with 140.

She's two clear of Lord North and four ahead of Addeybb and Japan.

Races on the round course are often fascinating (infuriating?) tactically and this offering from the Halifax based firm may interest.

1157: The Racenews team are firing on all cylinders and there's a going update from Ascot with Chris Stickels reporting at 11.00am: "The current going for QIPCO British Champions Day is Soft, Heavy in places.

"There is a chance with a dry morning that we may go to Soft on the Straight Course, remaining Soft, Heavy in places on the Round Course.

"It was dry overnight and we are expecting a dry if overcast day."

1153: Are you ready for a short trip down memory lane...?

Frankel - Champion Stakes 2012

1150: One of the more intriguing Champions Stakes stories concerns Skalleti who became the first horse since Cirrus des Aigles to win back-to-back renewals of the Prix Dollar.

Like Cirrus, the five-year-old is a gelding which draws immediate comparisons and it's fantastic to see the grey being afforded his first crack at a Group One. It helps to add an extra dimension to the race and he did beat the Prix de l'Arc winner on his penultimate start.

1144: I rather suspect that Magical's trainer might disagree with Ben, this is what Aidan O'Brien had to say earlier this week....

Aidan O'Brien on his 2020 QIPCO British Champions Day contenders

1139: "I think it’s fair to say Magical’s best looks beatable if there’s a mid-120s or better mile-and-a-quarter horse in against her, meaning the key horses could well reside elsewhere," so says Ben Linfoot.

If you haven't read Ben's Key Questions article then it's well worth doing so before we get underway.

Although I'd like to know what price he thinks Palace Pier's 8 out of 10 equates to.

Is Magical the key horse in the Champion Stakes?

1129: Not that I'm stuck on their twitter feed or anything but have you considered the ITV7?

There's a jackpot of £100,000.

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1126: The ever popular ITV team have put forward their challenge bets too.

1122: Back to Ascot and Morando has been put up as a possible alternative to Stradivarius.....

1117: There is a little bit of jump racing around today too, and not just at Stratford.

1111: Talk of the devil......

An email / press release from the Champions Day team has just landed in my inbox with a Hollie Doyle factfile and quotes on her rides. It also highlights that Hayley Turner, Saffie Osborne and Nicola Currie could also become the first woman to ride a winner on British Champions Day.

I don't mind whether she's the first or not but I'm rather hoping Nicola Currie does ride the winner of the last.

Here are those quotes:

"Extra Elusive has been an excellent horse for me. It's been great to win two big races on him this season already. This is obviously a tough task, but he doesn't mind the ground and he has also run well at the track before. It's great to have a ride in the QIPCO Champion Stakes and I am really looking forward to it."

"Dame Malliot runs in the Fillies & Mares. She ran a great race to finish third under Frankie in the Prix Vermeille last time out. She will appreciate the cut in the ground and will love Ascot. It is a big galloping track and I think that will really play to her strengths. The Vermeille form has worked out really well and looks to have been one of the best races of the season for fillies and mares. It would be lovely to give Ed Vaughan a big-race winner before he stops training at the end of the season, and I am grateful for the opportunity to ride her given to me by Anthony Oppenheimer."

"I'm really looking forward to riding Glen Shiel after his performance at Haydock last time out. Sprinters can sometimes be in and out with their form, but he has run a number of good races this season. He needs to take another step forward here, but he will love the ground and we are hopeful of a good run."

"Trueshan is a horse I have always liked. I won twice on him last season and he did well to win at Salisbury last time out. It is of course a tough assignment with the likes of Stradivarius lining up, but he will really enjoy the ground and I think there is plenty more to come from him.

"Solid Stone is a really capable horse who should hopefully run well in the Balmoral Handicap. He handles the ground and handles the surface having won on turf twice before. He showed a good attitude to score under me at Chelmsford last time and we're hopeful of a good run.

"It is absolutely crazy to be having five rides on QIPCO British Champions Day. I can't believe it. Having one ride would have been brilliant, but to have five is what dreams are made of and I am really looking forward to the day."

1101: Hollie Doyle has been getting plenty of headlines this week - and could earn a few more today - but her other half, Tom Marquand is also hoping for a successful Champions Day and Oli Bell caught up with him earlier this week (click on the image).

Tom Marquand talks Oli Bell through his chances at Ascot.

1055: The course is certainly looking a picture and I imagine the autumn colours in the trees on the far side of the track must be dazzling.

1053: Here's a little more information on the going at Ascot.

The going is: Soft, Heavy in places

GoingStick Readings at 9.00am:

Stands' Side: 5.4

Centre: 5.4

Far Side:5.5

Round: 4.8

Approximately 10 yards of the stands' side of the Straight Course has been railed off from the mile start to the three-furlong marker. The far side of the Straight Course will be used for this meeting.

It was dry overnight. There has been 8.6 millimetres of rain since 1.00pm on Monday (October 12) and 120 millimetres of rain to date in October. Today is forecast to be dry and rather overcast, with a few sunny breaks.

A Decade Of Champions - QIPCO British Champions Day

1045: It wasn't so long ago that it was National Poetry Day (the first Thursday in October) and above is a little offering to celebrate a decade of British Champions Day.

Jockeys Oisin Murphy and Cieren Fallon do battle in a game of 'Who Am I' ahead of #ChampionsDay

1040: I've seen a fair few tips for Alternative Fact in the closing Balmoral Handicap and Ed Dunlop's runner has attracted support with Sky Bet.

Click on the image below for the movers from Sky Bet and Paddy Power along with the extra place offers from both firms.

Check out all the latest market details and extra place offers

1022: We'll have some market movers for you shortly but if you're still umming and ahing about who to support today then perhaps Ascot's resident tipster will be able to help you......

1018: If there had been a crowd at the Berkshire venue then the roof could well have been raised if this fellow comes home with his head in front in around three hours time.

1014: Good morning.

I hope everyone is set for what should prove to be a fabulous day's racing - even if one or two old friends aren't here to join us, there's still plenty to look forward to and enjoy.

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