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Go Green for value in Champion Stakes


GREEN Destiny is the proverbial dark horse on Britain's richest ever raceday at Ascot.

And the ludicrously talented FRANKEL is the show-stopping name on Champions Day as he bids to extend his glorious winning spree to nine races.

We should again witness something very special in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but, from a punting perspective, the Henry Cecil-trained colt is perhaps of limited interest.

To that end, thoughts turn to the Qipco Champion Stakes, which has been re-energised for its switch from Newmarket.

For those with a penchant for lateral thinking, Green Destiny represents exceptionally good value, and should be followed accordingly.

There was much to admire about his easy victory in the Strensall Stakes.

And while the opposition must be feared, almost dreaded, several horses could well have reached the end of their tether this season -- especially those who competed at Longchamp.

That might be reason enough to take on Ballydoyle's So You Think, who has done really well since his arrival from Australia but has not quite looked as untouchable since. Snow Fairy ran brilliantly in the Arc and, though lightly raced this term, Ed Dunlop must accept that she, too, had a pretty demanding afternoon in the Bois de Boulogne.

As did Prix Dollar runner-up Cirrus des Aigles, whose connections might have wished for a drop of rain before his big day out.

John Gosden will also feel the same way about brilliant King George winner Nathaniel, who swerved the Arc because the ground was too fast.

Cecil's devotees will again be out in full force to cheer on Midday and Twice Over. Both Warren Place inmates are undoubtedly serious contenders. Arguably the most interesting candidate is Godolphin's unbeaten Dubai Prince, who will be in receipt of plenty of weight from all bar two, but may just find the occasion a little intimidating.

Deacon Blues, seeking a five-timer, is sure to be popular in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, but it may pay to side with his stablemate, SOCIETY ROCK.

A brisk surface looks the key to a big run from TIMES UP in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.

And Cecil can gloss another landmark day if VITA NOVA runs to form in the Qipco British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes.