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12 Sep 11 16:35
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EIGHT-TIME Group 1 winner So You Think is Coral's 7-4 market leader for the Qipco Champion Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot on October 15.

The Coolmore-owned five-year-old has won the Coral Eclipse and Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes on his last two outings and could head to Ascot for his next start, though he has the option of the running in the Qipco-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 2.
King George winner Nathaniel, trained by John Gosden, could bid for an Ascot follow-up in the Champion Stakes and he is available at 7-2 with Coral.

Juddmonte International winner Twice Over, who has won the last two runnings of the Champions Stakes when they were staged at Newmarket, is available at 6-1.

Coral have priced up the remaining five races on the Champions Day card and rate Frankel as their 1-3 favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The unbeaten Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner, who has swept all before him this season in breathtaking fashion, could face stiff competition from Prix Jacques Le Marois winner Immortal Verse, who Coral rate as their 5-1 second-favourite.

Excelebration, who won his first Group 1 in emphatic style in the Qatar Prix Du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday, is a 6-1 chance but his next target has yet to be finalised.

Looking ahead to the meeting, Coral's David Stevens said: "As expected in what has been a vintage Flat season, there are some stellar names among the entries for the inaugural British Champions Day and none more so than Frankel, who is hot favourite in our book to end his second season with his unbeaten record intact."

Ladbrokes St Leger hero Masked Marvel heads the betting at 9-4 for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, with Goodwood Cup victor Opinion Poll next best at 4-1.

Fame And Glory, who disappointed in the Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh on Saturday, is a 9-2 chance with Coral, with Irish Leger winner Jukebox Jury at 7-1.

The Sir Henry Cecil-trained Midday is the 5-2 favourite for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, with dual Classic heroine Blue Bunting at 7-2.

In a wide open betting heat, Ferdoos and Vita Nova are available at 6-1 while Investec Oaks winner Dancing Rain can be backed at 10-1.

Dream Ahead, who narrowly held on to claim his fourth Group 1 in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, is 6-1 joint-favourite with Wokingham winner Deacon Blues for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

Bated Breath, a nose behind Dream Ahead last time out, is available at 7-1 along with Blue Square Stewards' Cup winner Hoof It.

Deacon Blues will warm up for a crack at the Group 1 in the Dubai International World Trophy at Newbury on Saturday, when he could face the likes of Amour Propre and last year's winner Astrophysical Jet.

Also on Newbury's card is the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial, which could see Breeders' Cup Turf victor Dangerous Midge - who won the race before following up in America last year - take on young pretenders Green Destiny and Al Kazeem in the 1m3f contest.

Caspar Netscher, successful in the Gimcrack Stakes on his last outing, could bid to follow up in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes against Burwaaz, Crown Dependency as well as the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair Crusade and Reply.

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