Business has been ‘brisk’ according to the major bookmakers ahead of this afternoon’s QIPCO-sponsored action at Ascot but the majority of layers are holding firm on their prices with very little in the way of significant market moves.
Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate has been nibbled into 15/8 (from 2/1) by Boylesports for the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (1.45pm) while Biographer has been the most popular of the bigger-priced contenders.
There has been consistent support for the French-trained Maxios in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (3.30pm) and Boylesports now make Jonathan Pease’s entire 4/1, having been as big as 9/2 when their offices opened this morning. Maxios, who was soundly beaten in this country earlier this year, bounced back to form in the Qatar-sponsored Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on his most recent run.
There has also been interesting money for the Charles Wentworth-owned Caspar Netscher in the same race and he has been cut to 50/1 (from 66/1) by Boylesports.
Cirrus Des Aigles is solid at the head of the market for the QIPCO Champion Stakes (4.05pm) at a general 13/8 but the best-backed horse in the race so far is French challenger Morandi who has been cut to 10/1 (from 14/1) by many firms.
British Champions Day signs off with the competitive QIPCO Future Stars Apprentice Handicap (4.45pm) and recent Doncaster winner Sir Reginald, owned by Channel 4′s racing pundit Jim McGrath, is the new 8/1 favourite with bet365 having been 12/1 this morning. Boylesports also report significant support for the Boots And Spurs and the Karl Burke-trained gelding is now 12/1 (from 20/1).
QIPCO British Champions Day – Market Moves:
Cirrus Des Aigles to prove the best. 4.05 Ascot
The French champion Cirrus Des Aigles 13/8 (Nap) can blow away his rivals in the feature Group 1 race on the card. The gelding bounced back to form on his last two outings in France, and is the one they all have to beat.
He looked so impressive on arc weekend when winning the Prix dollar in Longchamp on the bridle. He gave the mighty Frankel a race in this contest last year and is a nap selection to come home in front this year. He won this race before and it has been his main target all year. 3 point win.