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Classy Zhukova is the top tip to sparkle on Champions Day

By Chris Wilson

Zhukova can prove one of the best bets on a terrific card at Ascot as she could be a class apart in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Dermot Weld identified this race as a likely end-of-season goal way back in May when she trounced a good-looking field in a Group Three at Naas.

She then stayed on purposefully back over this mile-and-a-half trip to win well at Leopardstown last month.

This is much tougher, but the lightly-raced four-year-old rates a cracking prospect - especially if there is a little ease in the ground.

Aidan O'Brien's Minding can strike a thumping blow for the fairer sex by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Ascot: 1.25 Order Of St George, 2.00 Shalaa, 2.35 ZHUKOVA (NAP), 3.10 Minding, 3.45 Almanzor, 4.25 Chil The Kite.

Catterick: 1.45 Man Of Verve, 2.20 Starlight Romance, 2.55 Biff Johnson, 3.30 Pipers Note, 4.05 Age Of Elegance, 4.40 Captain Dion, 5.15 Fine Resolve.

Cork: 1.40 Clongowes, 2.15 Tony The Gent, 2.50 Sruthan, 3.25 Beast, 4.00 Crafted Jewel, 4.35 Fast On, 5.10 Avalanche, 5.40 Lord Of Art.

FFOS LAS: 1.50 Truckers Glory, 2.25 Defi Du Seuil, 3.00 Minella Daddy, 3.35 Copper Kay, 4.10 Garde La Victoire, 4.45 Johns Luck, 5.20 Sierra Oscar.

Market Rasen: 1.05 Desert Retreat, 1.35 Hoke Colburn, 2.10 Pemba, 2.45 L'Aigle Royal, 3.20 Blue Heron, 3.55 Florida Calling, 4.30 Flying Solo, 5.05 Mr Whitaker.

Stratford: 2.05 May Hay, 2.40 Tajseer, 3.15 Mountain King, 3.50 Lostock Hall, 4.20 Little Windmill, 4.55 Clic Work, 5.30 Wildmoor Boy.

Wolverhampton: 5.45 Eternalist, 6.15 Shypen, 6.45 Rural Celebration, 7.15 Niblawi, 7.45 Munawer, 8.15 Maid Of Tuscany, 8.45 Sooqaan, 9.15 Outlaw Torn.

Cork (Sun): 1.50 Light That, 2.20 Blood Crazed Tiger, 2.55 Fiddlers Bow, 3.25 Tell Us More, 4.00 New Kid In Town, 4.35 Summer Storm, 5.05 Dorans River.

Kempton (Sun): 2.00 Lord Huntingdon, 2.30 Tindaro, 3.05 Taper Tantrum, 3.35 Shady Glen, 4.10 GWAFA (NAP), 4.45 Jarlath, 5.15 Lough Derg Leader.

Naas (Sun): 2.05 Imagine If, 2.35 Sorelle Delle Rose, 3.10 Impart, 3.45 Cloistered, 4.20 Seaforth, 4.55 Planchart, 5.25 Shall We, 5.55 Renneti.

Newcastle (Sun): 2.15 Panova, 2.45 Hamidans Girl, 3.20 Alsacienne, 3.50 Sindarban, 4.25 Vernatti, 5.00 Tectonic, 5.30 Run Rio Run.

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