QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
|Group 1, Ascot 14:40
1m 3f 211y, Class 1
|Saturday 21st October 2017|
Last year's winner Journey confirmed - Alyssa has been supplemented
The John Gosden-trained five-year-old was a four-length winner last year, having been edged out by Simple Verse 12 months earlier and is set for a third spin in the Group One mile and a half feature. However, since its inception in 2011, no horse has won back-to-back renewals of any race on Champions Day.
Obvious stumbling blocks are Coronet, her stablemate, who won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and French challenger Bateel, who beat Journey in the Qatar Prix Vermeille last time and has now won seven of her 12 races.
Gosden said of his pair: "Journey’s in great form – she ran a blinder in France when she ran into a filly [Bateel] who loved that [softish] ground more than she did. It will be her swansong, she goes to stud after this.
"Coronet ran an exceptionally good race in the Yorkshire Oaks to Enable and just found the pace and distance too far in the St Leger but she’s a very good filly and she’s getting better all the time. She seems to be racing more alertly now than she used to so, fingers crossed, they will both run good races.
"Fillies in the autumn, if they are in the zone and well that’s great. Sometimes it’s a little late in the year but they are both giving us the right signals.
"I haven’t got as far as riding arrangements. I’ll talk to Mr Dettori, who likes to tell us what to do. If he gets it wrong then it’s his fault, not mine."
Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
15 remaining entries
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
|101-031||Alyssa 37||4||0-0||R M Beckett|
|50-2111||Bateel (IRE) 41||5||9-5||F H Graffard|
|351425||Coronet 35||3||8-13||J H M Gosden|
|21-2311||Eziyra (IRE) 42||3||8-13||D K Weld|
|41-1440||Horseplay 11||3||8-13||A M Balding|
|033412||Hydrangea (IRE) 20||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|
|111-502||Journey 41||5||9-5||J H M Gosden|
|645335||Left Hand 20||4||9-5||C Laffon-Parias|
|2/1312-||Mountain Bell 364||4||9-5||R M Beckett|
|1-22P71||Rhododendron (IRE) 20||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|
|54-2190||Seventh Heaven (IRE) 20||4||9-5||A P O'Brien|
|1-34746||Smart Call (SAF) 41||6||9-5||Sir Michael Stoute|
|1-12187||The Black Princess (FR) 20||4||9-5||J H M Gosden|
|0231-41||The Juliet Rose (FR) 21||4||9-5||N Clement|
|115353||Wild Irish Rose (IRE) 27||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|