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QIPCO Champions Day tips: Back Dawn Approach to bounce back

dawnapproachAfter much deliberation on the claims of DAWN APPROACH in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, we’ve come to the conclusion that we’d much rather be a backer at 2/1 than a layer at 1/2, therefore Jim Bolger’s 2000 Guineas winner gets the vote.

Followers of the majestically talented beast will be the first to tell you that his 2013 story has been a roller-coaster ride. After romping away with the Newmarket classic in bruising style, he then pulled his chance away in the Derby and finished last.

The three-year-old then came back to win the St James’s Palace Stakes but was outclassed by Richard Hughes and Toranado at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes, but still finished a creditable second.

Reappearing just 11 days after that defeat, he was well-below par in the Group One Jacques Le Marois, looking a tired horse and running well below par.

The talent remains though. The break would have done him good and Bolger is a master at readying a top-class animal for a Group One race.

He bounced back Dawn Approach from his flop in the Derby to win at Ascot and a same rekindling job could bear similar fruits in this competitive but far from frightening renewal.

Toranado isn’t here, but stablemate Olympic Glory, who finished has finished second in two consecutive French Group One’s, does take his chance but a fully firing Dawn Approach has the gears to repel him.

The vibes about Soft Falling Rain haven’t been positive while it’s very easy to put a line through the rest comparing them to Dawn Approach’s credentials.

He’s a bet at anything bigger than 2/1.

It could turn out to be a much needed boost for the Godolphin stable following a season of drug scandals as FARHH looks loaded with the ammunition at 10/3 with Paddy Power to blow away Cirrus Des Aigles in the Champion Stakes.

Off the track since winning the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in blistering fashion, the son of Pivotal has yet to really capture the imagination of the racing world but this could about to be his time.

Despite his niggling injury problems, it’s hard to get away from that showing at Newbury, where he won with ease in a very strongly run race over the mile. The field were strung out across Berkshire – always a good sign for a visually impressive horse that is stepping up to 10 furlongs for this contest.

He’s never won over this distance but finishing seven lengths behind Frankel and half a length behind Nathaniel are strong efforts.

He goes well fresh and can get his head in front of the French runner, who has bounced back to form in France but at Evens we’re not overly confident that he has the beating of the Godolphin runner.

Playing the Dawn Approach/Farhh double around the 10/1 mark also is recommended.

The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup looks at the mercy of Estimate but with her being off the track since June, we’ll let her win at short prices. Three-year-old’s have a good record in this race and EYE OF THE STORM is a horse going places in this division.

He’ll do at an each-way price of 8/1 with Bet365.

The drying ground has improved the chances of SLADE POWER in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes and he can take a rather uncompetitive renewal of the sprint feature at a price of 7/1 with Paddy Power.

South African training master Mike De Kock has always been very complimentary of the ability of IGUGU and this may be her time to shine at the top level in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

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