Tanya Stevenson
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Saturday 18th October 2014

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Lynam can strike once again at Ascot

Qipco British Champions’ Day is finally upon us and what will be, will be.

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I can’t wait for the excitement to start as the atmosphere is bound to be at its optimum pitch, the press room is going to be full to bursting with superb, and at times unrepeatable, banter. 

There are two horses I’m looking forward to in Viztoria and Silk Sari.

Edward Lynam has been enjoying a season of a lifetime with three winners from four runners at Royal Ascot.  And little Viztoria visits Champions Day again. 

I had the privilege of getting up close to her on the morning of her Park Stakes victory at Doncaster last year. She is full of character, inquisitive, very cheeky and has undoubted ability. 

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Silk Sari

Silk Sari
I was deflated by her run in Deauville on her penultimate run this year, but she bounced back on Sunday at the Curragh to beat her stable companion Gathering Power.  The conditions will suit and she could catch the boys out. Although I do think Gathering Power is a stupid price at 100-1 at the time of writing and I will be availing myself of a small each-way, especially from stall two and after all of Friday’s surprise results!

As for Silk Sari, she was mightily impressive in the Park Hill at Doncaster at the St Leger meeting and there was no surprise she was since supplemented for today’s race. The is no question on stamina and her strength over a shorter distance will be significant against her rivals. 

Next week is one of my highlights of the year – judging Betting Shop Manager of the Year. It is down to the final 24 and its time to reduce the contestants to the eight regional champions, which is done at Doncaster racecourse.  

It is always great fun, full of laughs, revelations and an ideal chance to glean updated insight into the wants of the betting shop customer and their preferences. 

It also accentuates the need for a punters' representative on all the relevant industry committees as their untapped knowledge and perspective will be invaluable.  There is a danger that we preach about what racing should be like without investigating the general consensus of those who reach deep in their pockets to support their chosen devoted sport. 

The Betting Shop Managers are unsung heroes of our industry and an important conduit to its customers. It is important there are awards such as these as they deserve the recognition. Betting Shops are quite often the social hubs of their areas and could well provide an excellent location for a reality show.  

Got to go as burgers are up! No, I haven’t called in a Golden Arches drive thru or gone to Burger King, these are from the local supermarket and every now and then you’ve got to bask in the luxury of comfort food. Seven visits to the gym this week also help me feel less guilty. 

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Tanya Stevenson's Saturday tips:

2.20 Ascot: Viztoria at 7-1 with William Hill

2.55 Ascot: Silk Sari at 5-1 with William Hill

3.45 Cheltenham: Me And Ben at 12-1 with Coral

Tanya Stevenson's Saturday pointers:

1.45 Ascot - Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup

Estimate has won three of her five races at Ascot.

Seven of the last ten winners of the Long Distance Cup/Jockey Club Cup came from the first two in the betting.

Tom Queally has ridden Big Orange four times and won on him three times.

Joseph O’Brien and Leading Light have teamed up eight times for seven wins and a second.

2.20 Ascot - Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes:

Edward Lynam has won with five of his last 13 Ascot runners – today he runs Gathering Power & Viztoria.

The last ten winners of the Champions Sprint/Diadem Stakes were no older than five.

Six of the last eight winners of the Champions Sprint/Diadem Stakes took in Royal Ascot.

Seven of the last ten winners of the Champions Sprint/Diadem Stakes came from the first four in the betting (only one winning favourite).

2.55 Ascot - Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

Crystal Capella won the British Champions Fillies & Mares, formerly known as the Pride Stakes, in 2008 & 2010, Seal Of Approval will try for a second win today. 

Five of the six winners of the British Champion Fillies & Mares/Pride Stakes came from the first three in the betting.

3.30 Ascot - Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored By Qipco:

Since 1990 seven 2000 Guineas winners have run in the QEII Stakes at Ascot, three have won, Frankel 2011, George Washington 2006 & Mark Of Esteem 1996 – today Night Of Thunder.

Eight of the last ten winners of the QEII won at least one Group One in the season.

Five of the six winners of the QEII aged four or older had all run at Royal Ascot.

Four of the last ten favourites have won the QEII Stakes.

All of the last ten winners of the QEII came from the top three in the betting.

Five of the last six winners of the QEII Stakes were aged three.

4.05 Ascot - Qipco Champion Stakes:

James Doyle has ridden Captain Cat seven times to three wins, two seconds and two thirds.

Only 2 of the last ten favourites have won the Champion Stakes.

Christophe Soumillon has ridden Cirrus Des Aigles on 12 occasions to five wins, two seconds and a third, plus he was disqualified from victory last time out in the Prix Dollar.

Dermot Weld has had five winners from his last 15 Ascot runners.