Sky Sports Writers Gina Bryce gives her verdict on the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
With two Classic winners already on the roll of honor in this Group 1 finale into the seven-race Fillies and Mares category, the 2019 renewal may see a third sign Dancing Rain and Straightforward Verse with two Oaks winners featuring at a standout variant of the valuable contest.
John Gosden has enjoyed a stellar year thanks in no small part also its no surprise to see three athletes feature from Clarehaven headlined Anapurna, by both Oaks winners and Star Catcher.
Star Catcher who lowered the colors of the race-rusty Anapurna at the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp but who will face a harder task this time against the winner of the Prix de Royallieu has been opted for by his huge race ally Frankie Dettori.
Twist in four Aidan runners, Ballydoyle are currently seeking to complete the hat-trick at the race, and an unexposed mud-loving wildcard at Antonia De Vega and the race is shaping up to be an absolute cracker.
An unheralded winner of the Epsom Oaks at June, Gosdens Classic winner returned from a break from the Vermeille to complete beaten by her stablemate Star Catcher.
Supplied a race commanding ride in the front under Dettori she made all, showing courage and tenacity to hold on in quite soft states over the longer trip.
Stamina will soon be a asset come Saturday on prediction ground. However, reports of her having gone in her coat and also the fact Frankie dominates her may temper enthusiasm.
A lightly-raced three-year-old from the steady of 2015 winner Straightforward Verse, this girl of Lope De Vega dropped her unbeaten juvenile album when fracturing a pastern at the Fillies Mile but established she kept all her skill when coming with an impressive win at level at Newbury at June.
Before being withdrawn due to the fast floor touted for its Oaks, she hasnt yet been seen since. Her ability to handle conditions that are bottomless, coupled with reports of a racecourse gallop, mark down her as a contender.
Constant performer that has blended it in the highest level to follow home both Tarnawa and Anapurna this year, smart. To acquire anything other than her maiden, however, along with a step would be asked to see a second career victory is notched up by her.
Early-season promise and placings in both Oaks have been the points of a disappointing time for Pink Dogwood. Questions after completing nicely to reply now defeated in the Prix Vermeille and Prix de lOpera on begins.
The top light among John Gosdens remarkable armoury of fillies, this daughter of Sea The Stars improved for the measure up to 1m 4f.
Dettoris Selection inserted the Prix Vermeille to the time to her haul last time and having demonstrated stamina both her wellbeing and ability to handle soft conditions she needs to prove a tough nut to crack for potential rivals
This race was won by dermot Weld in 2012 with Sapphire and the daughter of Shamardal attempts to repeat the effort having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork.
Things did not go for her on her only trip to the UK but with experienced a mid-summer break she has won her last 2, proving her versatility over many different trips in the procedure and on some other floor. She is a real, consistent filly who may spend the step forward required to choose this for her master trainer.
The race does not lack for strength in depth and we ought to have an exciting renewal of this showpiece event for fillies and mares. Whilst its tough to locate any chinks in the impressive armoury of favorite Star Catcher, if the probable bottomless conditions materialise it may be worth siding with the new, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA who will relish the ground and may hand the wise Ralph Beckett get his name on the roll of honour for another time.
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