Alex Hammond Blog: Champions Day preview | Racing News

Alex Hammond fancies a French raider in the Champion Stakes – check out her strongest fancies for Ascot on Saturday.

This Saturday I’m back at Ascot for my second QIPCO British Champions Day with Sky Sports Racing and can’t wait to bring you a world-class card.

One of the highlights on the six-race card is the Champion Stakes where Magical is bidding to become the second successive horse to win the Group 1 back-to-back following Cracksman in 2017/2018.

Aidan O’Brien’s five-year-old mare looks as good as ever this year and her trainer has confirmed that. She has an outstanding record at this meeting. Not only did she win this in 2019, but she was also victorious in the 2018 Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. Her latest run is working out well with fourth placed Sottsass subsequently winning the Arc. She has plenty to recommend her, clearly.

Of her rivals Mishriff

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 performance preview: The high-end Ryzen laptop we’ve been waiting for

Like a prize fight weigh-in, the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 just flexed like no other ultrabook CPU we’ve ever seen.

It’s almost as though the Ryzen 7 4800U snatched the mic from the podium and started hurling insults at Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake CPU. If there was a folding chair, we’re sure it would been thrown at Intel’s entourage while the flash bulbs popped.

While we’re still in the process of finishing our testing, the early results we’re seeing are gobsmackingly impressive. How impressive? When we started hunting in our spreadsheet for how other laptops performed against the IdeaPad Slim 7’s results, we kept scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling to find something comparable. At that point, any hardware reviewer worth his or her salt questions whether they’re “doing it wrong.” Did I run the wrong test? Am I in the wrong row? Do I need

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CEDIA Expo Virtual Preview: BSH Home Connect Offers Open API for Smart Appliances

It’s not surprising that BSH Home Appliances is the first manufacturer of major appliances to exhibit at CEDIA Expo Virtual because the company was the first appliance manufacturer to offer an open API for third-party control via its Home Connect ecosystem.

“At the core of the BSH digital universe is Home Connect,” says Kay Kwok, head of connected products and digital services at BSH Home Appliances, which includes the Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau, Neff and Siemens brands.

“Home Connects connects all of your appliances to the Internet of Things, and it creates the experience beyond just what you think your appliance can do. So with more people adding full home automation systems today, we believe that Home Connect will be an integral part of the entire smart home. It provides benefits such as remote diagnostics personalization features and it’s an app that’s extremely intuitive and easy to use.”

Kwok adds that

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