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October 21: Hayley Turner's British Champions Day Picks

by Hayley Turner, GBI Racing

October 20, 2017

GBI Racing Ambassador, Hayler Turner, gives her views on Saturday's QIPCO British Champions Day card. 

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Race 1 - 8:25AM ET - QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
#1 Big Orange (9/2)
I don’t understand why Order Of St George (1/1) is such a short price given Big Orange beat him at Ascot in the Gold Cup. The ground will be a concern if the going is soft, but if there is no rain it will be in Big Orange’s favour and he will be the value bet.
Race 2 - 9:00AM ET - QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
#10 Harry Angel (1/1)
I like The Tin Man (7/1) at an each-way price but Harry Angel will take all the beating. He has matured mentally over the year and that has made all the difference.

Race 3 - 9:40AM ET - QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1)
#2 Bateel (3/1)
I am close to the Francis Graffard yard and the horse is in really good form. She prefers soft ground so a bit of rain after the first would be ideal.

Race 4 - 10:15AM ET - Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) (Group 1)
#8 Beat The Bank (4/1)
He has been stepping up in grade slowly and won his last two races nicely, the latest by five lengths. This would be a perfect end to a great season for his trainer Andrew Balding.

Race 5 - 10:40AM ET - QIPCO Champion Stakes (Group 1)
#9 Cracksman (9/5)
It was a shame he didn’t run in the Arc but he has clearly taken a long time to get ready. I feel he is really progressing now and coming into the race in peak form.

Race 6 - 11:30AM ET - Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By QIPCO)
#4 George William (20/1)
Won last time out and Hollie Doyle is taking a valuable 3lb off here. He was a very close second over course and distance earlier in the year.