Racing: Saturday preview

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Noble Mission can provide the feel-good story so coveted from Ascot officials by winning the Qipco Champion Stakes.

Those responsible for British Champions Day have this week been shuffled into a corner due to a rash of high-profile defections that has been exacerbated by a near-apocalyptic spell of weather.

While Ascot is entitled to feel a sense of misfortune, the debate should rightly continue over the position of Champions Day in the racing calendar.

There could, however, still be a happy ending.

Champions Day has so far been best remembered for the exploits of the peerless Frankel, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes in consecutive seasons.

How appropriate it would be, then, if his full brother, Noble Mission, ploughed through the Berkshire mire to take gold in the Champion.

Lady Cecil’s colt will, of course, have plenty of support from punters acting from the heart.

But with the rain continuing to fall, he rates an entirely sensible solution for those opposed to the estimable Cirrus Des Aigles, who won the race in 2011 but is now eight years old.

Integral is a confident shout for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly takes on the colts for the first time in her career, but she has been in smashing form this year and can rise to the challenge in what hardly looks an epic renewal of the great race.

Integral ruled the roost on good ground in a white-hot staging of the Sun Chariot at Newmarket at the beginning of the month, when Ryan Moore dictated matters from pillar to post.

Having won the Group One Falmouth on soft ground, Integral should, crucially, have no ground worries whatsoever.

n Other tips -

Cheltenham: 2.00 In The Rough, 2.35 Claret Cloak, 3.10 Tiger Roll, 3.45 Le Bec, 4.25 Tinker Time, 5.00 Kitegen, 5.30 Paolozzi.

Kelso: 2.10 Crinkle Crags, 2.45 I Need Gold, 3.20 Carlito Brigante, 3.55 Mason Hindmarsh, 4.35 Mo Rouge, 5.10 Wakhan, 5.40 Kilcullen Article.

Wolverhampton: 5.45 Quick Touch, 6.15 Medam, 6.45 Black Iceman, 7.15 Pim Street, 7.45 Gone Dutch, 8.15 Star Anise, 8.45 May Queen, 9.15 Stanlow.

Double: Noble Mission and Integral.