Champion Stakes Betting Preview And Tips

Posted: Thursday, 18th October 2018

John Gosden's Cracksman was a runaway seven-length winner of the Champion Stakes last season at Ascot, and the classy four-year-old is unsurprisingly at the top of the latest Champion Stakes Odds as he looks to retain the Group 1 crown, but having not been seen since Royal Ascot then he will find it tougher than last year to land this coveted race.

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Monarchs Glen to win    Best Bet 14/1

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A seven-length annihilation of Poet's Word in this race 12 months ago launched Cracksman into the upper echelon of the Flat division, but having been put up a workmanlike performance when winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June he then failed to land victory in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting the same month.

So, having flopped there he has not been seen since on a racetrack, so you have to feel the Evens available with Paddy Power looks rather skinny, and while he if he can reproduce last year's performance then he is a guaranteed winner he is looking vulnerable this campaign, so is worth taking on with a much more attractively priced alternative.

Crystal Ocean landed some valuable prizes earlier in the season, but has failed to beat Poet's Word and Enable in his last couple of starts, but he has proven to be a consistent performer at top level, so many punters will be looking to snap up the 11/4 with Ladbrokes as a value alternative to the favourite in the Champion Stakes.

A class act, who is sure to run a decent race, Crystal Ocean may not be open to the improvement needed to win here, so Aidan O'Brien's Capri may make more appeal having finished fifth in the Arc last time out, and at 13/2 with Ladbrokes is a challenger that should easily finish in the places.

However, the most intriguing runner in the race is John Gosden's Monarchs Glen, who was last seen bounding to victory in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot and will enjoy returning to the Berkshire venue for the showpiece event on British Champions Day on Saturday afternoon.

He has form to find with his rivals here, but he looks a very progressive four-year-old, who at 14/1 with Betway looks a cracking each-way bet in a hot race, and while the other contenders have all reached their optimum, Monarchs Glen could surpass the lot of them and has to be the one to bet here.

Verbal Dexterity (20/1) and Rhododendron (33/1) add more depth to the field, but it's a race that can see the fancied contenders that can play the primary roles and Monarchs Glen looks a cracking bet in what should be an entertaining renewal of the Group 1 feature.

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