Sky Sports Racing’s Gina Bryce gives her verdict on the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.
With two Vintage winners on the roster of honor inside this Group 1 finale into the seven-race Fillies and Mares class, the 2019 renewal may observe a third join Dancing Rain and Straightforward Verse with two Oaks winners comprising in a standout edition of this precious contest.
John Gosden has enjoyed a year thanks in no small part to this embarrassment of wealth in the fillies and mares department also it’s no real surprise to see three athletes attribute in Clarehaven headlined Star Catcher, Anapurna and by his two Oaks winners.
His race president Frankie Dettori has chosen for Star Catcher who lowered the colours of the race-rusty Anapurna at the Prix Vermeille but who will face a harder task this time against the winner of the Prix de Royallieu.
Throw in four Aidan O’Brien-trained runners, Ballydoyle are trying to finish the hat-trick from the race, along with an unexposed wildcard in Antonia De Vega and the race is shaping up to be an absolute cracker.
An unheralded winner of the Epsom Oaks at June, the Vintage winner of Gosden returned to complete prior to putting her period back on course in the Group 1 Prix Royallieu on Arc 46, well conquered with her stablemate Star Catcher.
Provided a race ride from the front under Dettori she left all, revealing tenacity and courage to hold on in conditions within the excursion.
Stamina will be a helpful asset come on similar forecast ground. However, reports of her having gone in also the fact Frankie and also her coat overlooks enthusiasm could be tempered by her.
A lightly-raced three-year-old in the stable of 2015 winner Simple Verse, this daughter of Lope De Vega lost her unbeaten juvenile record when fracturing a pastern at the Fillies Mile however revealed she retained all her ability when coming with an impressive win at level at Newbury at June.
Touted for the Oaks before being pulled on account of the ground that was speedy, she has not yet been seen since. Her capacity to manage states that are bottomless, coupled with reports of a satisfying recent racecourse gallop, mark her down as a contender.
Smart performer that has mixed it in the level to follow house equally Anapurna and Tarnawa on many occasions this season. To win anything aside from her however, along with a step forward will be asked to see up her notch another career victory.
Placings and early-season claim in equally Oaks were the points of a season for Pink Dogwood. Questions to answer after completing defeated in Prix de l’Opera and the Prix Vermeille on recent starts.
The light among John Gosden armoury of fillies, this daughter of Sea The Stars improved for the step up to 1m 4f.
Dettori’s choice inserted the Prix Vermeille for her haul last time and having proved ability, stamina and her health to handle states that were soft she should prove a difficult nut to crack for rivals
Dermot Weld won this race using Sapphire 2012 and this daughter of Shamardal tries to replicate the effort having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork.
Things did not go for her on her only other trip to the UK but having experienced a mid-summer break she has won her last two, demonstrating her versatility and over a variety of trips in the procedure. She is a consistent filly who may take the step required to choose this for her master trainer.
The race does not lack for power in depth in the confirmation stage and we should have a thrilling renewal of this showpiece event for mares and fillies. Whilst it is hard to discover any chinks in the striking armoury of favorite Star Catcher, if the likely bottomless conditions materialise it might be worthwhile siding with the brand new, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA who will relish the ground and may hand the shrewd Ralph Beckett receive his name to the roll of honour for another time.