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2022 British Champions Day Tips - Four outsiders to back at Ascot

13 Oct 2022
Jon Vine 13 Oct 2022
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  • Four ante-post tips for British Champions Day 2022
  • This lucrative meetings takes place at Ascot on Saturday 15th October
  • Bayside Boy is our ante-post selection in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
  • King's Lynn, Lilac Road and Raadobarg also feature in our Ascot selections
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King's Lynn could vastly outrun his odds in Saturday's Champion Sprint. (Getty)
    Champions Day Ante-Post Tips
  • Champions Sprint Stakes Tips - King's Lynn
  • Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes Tips - Lilac Road
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Tips - Bayside Boy
  • Balmoral Handicap Tips - Raadobarg

The final festival of the flat racing season takes place on Saturday, as Ascot racecourse hosts British Champions Weekend. Four fantastic Group Ones feature on the card at Ascot, along with the Long Distance Cup and the ultra-competitive Balmoral Handicap. 

The final fields are yet to be confirmed for British Champions Day 2022. That hasn't stopped us from looking through the betting and picking out four runners worth backing at tasty prices.

2022 British Champions Day Ante-Post Tips

Champions Sprint Stakes Tips - King's Lynn

Following an excellent warm-up outing in the Rous Stakes here at Ascot, KING'S LYNN is certainly worth a second look at his current price of 33/1.

Andrew Balding's charge won the Grade Two Temple Stakes at Haydock earlier in the season. King's Lynn then ran in both big sprints during the Royal Meeting, finishing seventh in the King's Stand Stakes before a four-length defeat in the Platinum Jubilee.

David Probert's mount carried a penalty on his return to action in the Rous Stakes and ran very well, hitting the line hard back in fourth. King's Lynn is even more effective over six furlongs, boasts solid course for here at Ascot and Balding's five-year-old is a proven winner on juicy ground.

Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes Tips - Lilac Road

Considering the level of form LILAC ROAD has maintained throughout 2022, I'm very surprised that William Haggas' mare has opened up at 16/1.

Lilac Road won the Middleton Stakes at York on her second start, before staying on well to place third behind Nashwa in the Nassau Stakes. Haggas' four-year-old could only finish fourth behind Alpinista in the Yorkshire Oaks, but proved she had the stamina 12 furlongs with an excellent effort in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, where Tom Marquand's mount was only beaten a head by Sweet Lady.

Slower ground seems to bring out the best in Lilac Road and, although the forecast is fairly dry, there's enough juice in the ground at Ascot racecourse to ensure the going will be no quicker than good-to-soft. 

David Egan riding Bayside Boy (L, yellow cap) win The Champagne Stakes from Frankie Dettori and Reach For The Moon (black cap) at Doncaster. (Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Tips - Bayside Boy

Bayside Boy E/W3:20pm Ascot Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Mile) 1mGET 20/1 HERE
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Another who will relish the ground conditions at the weekend is BAYSIDE BOY, who bounced back to winning form at Sandown last time out.

Roger Varian's three-year-old landed a shocker of a draw on his reappearance in the French Guineas, before running with credit on quick ground at both Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. As the ground softened at Sandown ahead of the Fortune Stakes, Bayside Boy was heavily backed and, although he took a while to hit top gear, William Buick's mount ran out a comfortable winner.

Bayside Boy was only beaten two lengths in the St James's Palace Stakes and ground conditions will be much more to his liking this weekend. I wouldn't be surprised if he gave the likes of Inspiral and Modern Games a real shock.

Balmoral Handicap Tips - Raadobarg

Raadobarg E/W4:40pm Ascot Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) 1mGET 16/1 HERE
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RAADOBARG joins Bayside Boy in the list of Queen Elizabeth II Stakes entries. However, seeing as Escobar will carry top weight off his rating of 113, Johnny Murtagh could see the Balmoral handicap as a much better opportunity for his classy four-year-old.

Formerly trained in England by Roger Varian, Raadobarg recorded back-to-back wins in the Irish Lincoln and a conditions race at Tipperary on his first two starts in Ireland - clocking RPRs of 113 and 115 in the process. Murtagh's recruit has found things tougher in recent starts at pattern level, but Raadobarg would only have 9-8 to shoulder on Saturday and Murtagh could also call upon a claimer to take some extra weight off his shoulders.

If Raadobarg is confirmed for the Balmoral, he will go off much shorter than 16/1.

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