Timeform: U.K. Shortlist

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QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) (1) 1m7f209y – 11.25pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 125 128 127 126 126 (Avg 126)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2 Stradivarius, $3.25 Flag of Honour, $13 Thomas Hobson, $15 Sir Erec, $26 Desert Skyline, $51 Cypress Creek

Analyst’s Verdict

Stradivarius can cap off a tremendous 2018 with a fifth consecutive win. He made short work of his rivals again in the Lonsdale Cup at York and could be the one to beat in the staying division for years to come. Sir Erec was mightily impressive when winning at Limerick and is part of a strong challenge from Ballydoyle along with Irish Leger winner Flag of Honour.

QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) (1) 6f – 12.00am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 138 132 145 134 134 (Avg 137)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.5 The Tin Man, $7 Harry Angel, $7 Librisa Breeze, $10 Brando, $10 Tasleet, $17 Limato, $19 Projection, $19 Sir Dancealot, $23 Sands of Mali, $26 Son of Rest, $29 Donjuan Triumphant, $29 Speak In Colours, $34 Dream of Dreams, $67 Bacchus

Analyst’s Verdict

The Tin Man looked as good as ever when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup and could be worth siding with to follow up at a track where he goes so well. Last year’s one-two Librisa Breeze and Tasleet are respected, while it would also be silly to ignore Harry Angel.

QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (1) 1m3f211y – 12.40am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 129 124 130 133 127 (Avg 129)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2.62 Lah Ti Dar, $6 Kitesurf, $7 Coronet, $10 Pilaster, $11 Hydrangea, $15 Magical, $26 God Given, $51 Bye Bye Baby, $81 Sizzling, $101 Broadway, $151 Flattering

Analyst’s Verdict

Lah Ti Dar doesn’t have anything like Kew Gardens to live with this time, so she has standout claims of taking this first Group 1 to top off what’s been an unbelievable year for her family and owners. The French challenger Kitesurf looks the obvious main danger while Pilaster still has the potential to prove herself a top-notch filly.

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) (Group 1) (1) 1m – 1.15am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 142 135 135 139 136 (Avg 137)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.25 Roaring Lion, $7.5 Recoletos, $8 Laurens, $10 Lord Glitters, $11 Addeybb, $17 Beat The Bank, $17 Happily, $17 Lightning Spear, $23 Century Dream, $67 Aljazzi, $67 Hey Gaman, $67 I Can Fly, $67 Romanised, $67 Stormy Antarctic, $201 Gabrial

Analyst’s Verdict

Recoletos had excuses in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and confirmed himself a Group 1 miler when winning the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp last month. He shades the vote over Roaring Lion, who is top-class over 10f but faces a different test here. Addeybb and Lord Glitters complete the shortlist.

QIPCO Champion Stakes (Group 1) (1) 1m1f212y – 1.50am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 141 137 136 142 144 (Avg 140)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$1.91 Cracksman, $3.75 Crystal Ocean, $7.5 Capri, $17 Monarchs Glen, $29 Verbal Dexterity, $41 Rhododendron, $301 Maverick Wave, $301 Subway Dancer

Analyst’s Verdict

Cracksman lit up this meeting when a 7-length winner 12 months ago, and though he hasn’t matched that level so far this season, blinkers may help him focus and travel with a bit more verve. The ground has come right and he can sign off his career in the perfect fashion, with Capri a sporting choice to uphold 2017 St Leger form with Crystal Ocean and fill the forecast spot.

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By QIPCO) (2) 1m – 2.30am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$7 Raising Sand, $11 Kynren, $12 Flaming Spear, $15 Argentello, $15 Safe Voyage, $15 Via Via, $17 Sharja Bridge, $19 Zwayyan, $21 South Seas, $23 Aquarium, $23 Humbert, $23 Mitchum Swagger, $26 Escobar, $26 Mjjack, $26 Waarif, $29 Tricorn, $34 Circus Couture, $34 Hathal, $41 Another Batt, $41 Raydiance

Analyst’s Verdict

Safe Voyage has improved another chunk this term, defying a hefty rise on the back of his facile reappearance success in determined style at Galway in August. With a good record fresh to call upon, he is fancied to defy another rise in the weights back at 1m. Kynren, returned to a soft surface, and Raising Sand are 2 likely threats though, whilst Hathal may represent a spot of each-way value.


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