Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(sponsored by QIPCO)
Group 1, Ascot
£1,100,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Saturday 21st October 2017

Following victories in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, the Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester suffered a shock defeat in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, but showed his true colours as he regained the winning thread in the Group One Qatar Prix du Moulin at Chantilly on September 10.

Ribchester
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Ribchester

As Robin Of Navan took the field along through the early stages of the mile contest, James Doyle was content to race just in behind on Ribchester before pressing on for the lead entering the final quarter of a mile. 

It looked as though the Godolphin-owned colt was set to have a fight on his hands as Taareef covered the move to get within striking range of the market leader, but Ribchester eventually came home a three-quarter-length winner, with Massaat back in third.

Fahey is now eyeing an audacious Group One double for Ribchester, with Champions Day at Ascot a stopping point on the way to a possible Breeders' Cup Mile bid.

The Musley Bank trainer said: "It is great just to get him back winning again. It was a test out there as it was horrible ground, and he is better on faster ground as his best performance was at Ascot when he broke the track record, but he keeps getting away with it.

"He doesn't blow very hard after his races and I don't feel like I have got the bottom of him yet. He is not a horse that is ever going to go clear and win by a long way, but he got the job done.

"He is getting away with it on that ground because he is that good - that is the beauty with him.

"It is always nice to get a horse that you feel privileged to train back to winning again. I would have been worried where to go if he had got beat, but he didn't let me down.

"It was a blip at Goodwood and you can blame the trainer. It wasn't just the ground that was bad that day, but all the conditions with the wind and the rain. It isn't nice running in those conditions and I don't think old Ribchester enjoyed it.

"I think it was a mistake to think we could make all the running that day in those conditions. If we could turn the clock back, I would have probably taken a lead that day.

"Ascot is the obvious place to go, but we will keep the Breeders' Cup (at Del Mar on November 4) in mind. I think that would suit him better and they can go as quick as they like out there for him."

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Sponsored By Qipco (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) (Str)
£1,100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
48 entries
Going: N/A

Form Horse Age Wgt Trainer
62174-1 Afjaan (IRE) 175 5 9-4 W J Haggas
11-132 Al Wukair (IRE) 97 3 9-1 A Fabre
18110-2 Alice Springs (IRE) 195 4 9-1 A P O'Brien
1-1212 Barney Roy 105 3 9-1 R Hannon
11011 Beat The Bank 78 3 9-1 A M Balding
132515 Benbatl 84 3 9-1 S bin Suroor
10-3531 Breton Rock (IRE) 81 7 9-4 D M Simcock
21- Cape Byron 367 3 9-1 R Varian
111-114 Churchill (IRE) 123 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
51-124 Cliffs Of Moher (IRE) 105 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
721332 Deauville (IRE) 93 4 9-4 A P O'Brien
356-274 Dicton 146 4 9-4 G Bietolini
12557 Dream Castle 81 3 9-1 S bin Suroor
242443 Gabrial (IRE) 83 8 9-4 R A Fahey
12-1523 Gold Luck (FR) 104 3 8-12 F Head
21/18-33 Hathal (USA) 84 5 9-4 W J Haggas
104-131 Here Comes When (IRE) 80 7 9-4 A M Balding
0-10334 Hydrangea (IRE) 79 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
1-1611 Inns Of Court (IRE) 112 3 9-1 A Fabre
11 Lahore (USA) 111 3 9-1 R Varian
2-44526 Lancaster Bomber (USA) 80 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
121-511 Laugh Aloud 140 4 9-1 J H M Gosden
1-121 Le Brivido (FR) 122 3 9-1 A Fabre
1416-49 Librisa Breeze 81 5 9-4 D K Ivory
13-2973 Lightning Spear 80 6 9-4 D M Simcock
212/297- Massaat (IRE) 436 4 9-4 Owen Burrows
05-5741 Mitchum Swagger 78 5 9-4 D R Lanigan
41117-1 Morando (FR) 112 4 9-4 R Varian
15293-6 Nathra (IRE) 85 4 9-1 J H M Gosden
11112-5 Persuasive (IRE) 83 4 9-1 J H M Gosden
131-22P Rhododendron (IRE) 125 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
12-3112 Ribchester (IRE) 80 4 9-4 R A Fahey
762211 Roly Poly (USA) 83 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
311-524 Sea Of Grace (IRE) 99 3 8-12 W J Haggas
14-1031 Senga (USA) 125 3 8-12 P Bary
1-114 Shutter Speed 125 3 8-12 J H M Gosden
31-691 Sir John Lavery (IRE) 74 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
141-033 Siyoushake (IRE) 83 5 9-1 F Head
10-2421 Success Days (IRE) 84 5 9-4 K J Condon
7141-11 Taareef (USA) 97 4 9-4 J C Rouget
110231 Thunder Snow (IRE) 104 3 9-1 S bin Suroor
0-45805 Toscanini (IRE) 80 5 9-4 R A Fahey
1-1112 Trais Fluors 104 3 9-1 A Fabre
164-374 Victory Bond 84 4 9-4 W J Haggas
121-65 War Decree (USA) 139 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
1-21111 Winter (IRE) 79 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
0113-24 Zelzal (FR) 80 4 9-4 J C Rouget
5/61812- Zonderland 420 4 9-4 C G Cox