Ahead of Champions Day – the star-studded meeting that essentially marks the end of the UK & Irish flat season – at Ascot next month, I’ve got a couple of value antepost tips for consideration.

Ascot Champions Day Ante-Post Tips

  • Fillies & Mares Stakes – Infinite Cosmos @ 20/1
  • Champion Stakes – Luxembourg @ 9/1

Fillies & Mares Stakes – Infinite Cosmos @ 20/1

Just a couple of hours before writing this, it emerged that Frankie Dettori is likely to ride Free Wind in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and that the Breeders’ Cup is an option for stablemate Emily UpJohn.

With Aidan O’Brien’s Warm Heart and Savethelastdance US-bound and injured respectively, that means four of the current five at the head of the antepost market for the Fillies & Mares are either not running or uncertain to run.

The field is going to cut up, which means lots of antepost value – and it’s Sir Michael Stoute’s Infinite Cosmos at 20/1 that catches my attention.

I’ve literally just watched her reappearance, in a Listed contest at Yarmouth, after 120 days on the sidelines following her third in the Musidora won by Betfred Oaks winner Soul Sister, and I’m relatively happy with what I witnessed.

Finishing third, beaten just over 3L by a highly-progressive type for Charlie Appleby, I thought it had all the makings of a prep run.

She should come on bundles for it and looks sure to relish the step up to 1m4f. Three-year-olds have an excellent record in the race too.

Champion Stakes – Luxembourg @ 9/1

Another antepost proposition that, at the time of writing, represents serious value is Luxembourg for the Champion Stakes. He could be at least half the price come the off, because this race will cut up – big time.

Bay Bridge is likely Arc-bound, which is also the target of Ace Impact. Auguste Rodin looks set for the Breeders Cup, which is where connections of Mostahdaf may also look if the ground comes up soft, as it so often does at this meeting.

As of Tuesday 19 September, the plan for Luxembourg is the Champion Stakes, not the Arc, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien. If/when that becomes final, his odds will almost certainly tumble.

It’s not just target security that makes him a bet. The four-year-old’s in the form of his life after a narrow second in the Irish Champion Stakes, which gives him the beating of probable rival King Of Steel, he’s ground versatile and is likely to have the best jockey in the world right now in Ryan Moore on board.

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