5 flat races to look forward to this Autumn
St Leger Stakes and Champion Stakes are on the horizon
The British flat-season may be drawing to a close but there’s still plenty of exciting racing to look forward to.
In the coming months there’s the St Leger, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Champions Day to whet the racing appetite.
Ahead of that though, there’s the Haydock Sprint Cup.
Here the Coral News Team looks ahead to five big season-ending flat races while revealing the best ante-post bets for each race.
Haydock Sprint Cup
The ante-post betting focuses on Harry Angel.
Clive Cox’s sprinter has enjoyed a fantastic season including victory over Limato in the Darley July Cup Stakes at Newmarket. Given his form the three-year-old is the runaway market leader at 6/4.
Value wise however, Coral are tipping Battaash at 8/1. He may be untried at 6f but Charlie Hills’ charge is a progressive horse. Defeat in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August will not damage his chances and he should run well.
St Leger Stakes
In the last classic of the season Capri and Crystal Ocean share the market lead at 7/2.
Of those two it’s Capri that gets the vote following an impressive win over Cracksman at the Curragh in July. Cracksman has since gone on to win the Voltigeur Stakes at the York Ebor Festival. And that highlights just how good Capri is on his day.
Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius is the best of the rest at 9/2 with Coral.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Europe’s most prestigious horse race could be a runaway victory for Enable.
The three-year-old has blitzed all in Group One company this season. And it’s difficult to see the Even-chance fancy getting beat at Longchamp. John Gosden’s charge looks unstoppable at the moment and is a worthy favourite for the race.
Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The impressive trio of Ribchester, Churchill and Winter look primed to battle it out over 1m at Ascot.
It’s Ribchester that is the fancy ante-post at 7/2. The Irish-bred raider loves racing over a mile and won convincingly on his appearance at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes. Three-year-old Churchill is an obvious danger at 7/1. His trainer Aiden O’Brien has won this renewal four times and claimed last year’s prize with Minding.
However, Coral’s tip is Winter, also at 7/1. The three-year-old has proved consistent over course and distance. If she’s put forward for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes she should be given serious consideration.
Qipco Champion Stakes
It’s a tight field for the Champion Stakes with eight runners all priced at 10/1 or under ante-post. It’s Ulysses who’s the market leader at 4/1. Churchill (4/1) and Barney Roy (5/1) follow close behind.
Should those three line-up, it would be a repeat of the Juddmonte International Stakes at the York Ebor Festival. Ulysses won that day and is liked to repeat the feat on 21 October.
Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old has been imperious this season. Over his favourite distance of 1m2f it should come as no surprise that he’s the market favourite.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing