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The Revenant claims Queen Elizabeth II Stakes gold

PA Sport 3:29pm, Sat 17 Oct 2020

The Revenant ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot (red) wins the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA) The Revenant went one better than 12 months ago with a game display to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Runner-up to King Of Change in 2019, Francis-Henri Graffard’s mud-loving gelding only made his seasonal debut two weeks ago, when winning the Prix Daniel Wildenstein for a second time.

Wonderful result for David Menuisier

PA Sport 2:49pm, Sat 17 Oct 2020

Wonderful Tonight and William Buick (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Wonderful Tonight backed up her first Group One success of just two weeks earlier with a determined performance to win the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Glen Shiel gives Hollie Doyle landmark first career Group One victory

PA Sport 2:19pm, Sat 17 Oct 2020

Glen Shiel ridden by Hollie Doyle (centre) wins the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Hollie Doyle landed her first Group One success when snatching the verdict on Glen Shiel in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. Just 35 minutes after Doyle had become the first female rider to win on British Champions Day in the opening Long Distance Cup on Trueshan, the 24-year-old broke yet more new ground in a record-breaking year.

Verdana Blue takes centre stage on high-class Kempton card

PA Sport 1:08pm, Sat 17 Oct 2020

Verdana Blue, blue silks, red cap, will attempt to land the Racing TV Hurdle for a second time at Kempton on Sunday (Steve Parsons/PA Images) Nicky Henderson believes talented dual-purpose performer Verdana Blue has plenty in her favour as she bids to return to winning ways at Kempton on Sunday. Having been forced to miss last weekend’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket with an abscess in her foot, the eight-year-old mare will switch codes in the Racing TV Hurdle – a two-mile Listed prize she landed in 2018 en route to claiming the Grade One Christmas Hurdle over course and distance later in the year.

Coleman straight back to winning ways on comeback ride

PA Sport 5:20pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Aidan Coleman was back among the winners (Graham Clark/PA) Aidan Coleman had more than one reason to celebrate the victory of Here Comes Johnny at Fakenham on Friday. Not only was it the Grade One-winning rider’s first success after returning from a fractured arm sustained in July, but it was also his inaugural triumph since being appointed stable jockey to winning trainer Olly Murphy earlier this week.

Magical afternoon in prospect again at Ascot

PA Sport 5:06pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Magical is aiming for a third win on Champions Day (Simon Cooper/PA) Magical is poised to take centre stage once again at Ascot as she bids for back-to-back victories in the Qipco Champion Stakes. The five-year-old mare has seven Group One triumphs to her name, including in this race 12 months ago and the Fillies & Mares at the meeting in 2018.

Palace Pier seeks crowning moment in QEII

PA Sport 4:20pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Palace Pier puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Edward Whitaker/PA) Palace Pier bids to crown a perfect year by taking his unblemished record to six in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by Qipco, at Ascot. Group One triumphs in the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Prix Jacques le Marois have set the Kingman colt up as the champion miler in Europe.

Home fixture as Stradivarius eyes second Long Distance crown

PA Sport 3:20pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Stradivarius is said to be in top form for his bid to regain the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot (Megan Ridgwell/PA) John Gosden believes a return to a more conventional style of racing will help Stradivarius regain his title in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot. His last two races have come in France over a mile and a half in the Prix Foy and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Gosden feels he is unsuited to the sprint finishes that invariably prevail across the Channel.

Marquand reaches century of winners at Haydock

PA Sport 2:09pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Tom Marquand reached 100 winners for the Flat season with victory on Holbache at Haydock (Dan Abraham/PA) Tom Marquand reached 100 winners for the Flat season with victory aboard Holbache at Haydock on Friday. Marquand, who sits in third place behind title-holder Oisin Murphy and William Buick in the race to be champion, was delighted to reach the landmark in a successful campaign that has seen him win his first domestic Classic on Galileo Chrome in the St Leger.

Ropey Guest ready to cash in at Ascot

PA Sport 1:12pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Ropey Guest finally got off the mark on his last run at Chelmsford (Graham Clark/PA) George Margarson will happily trade off what he feels is an acceptable rating for next season if Ropey Guest wins the Balmoral Handicap on Qipco British Champions Day. Until his recent win at Chelmsford, Ropey Guest had the unwanted title of the best maiden in training.

Dream Of Dreams out to cap breakthrough season

PA Sport 12:02pm, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Dream Of Dreams is out to lift a second Group One (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Dream Of Dreams bids to cap an excellent couple of months with victory in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. The six-year-old had gone close in many big races, including finishing second in the last two Diamond Jubilee Stakes, before lifting the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock – having previously demolished the opposition in Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes.

Osbornes take aim at Balmoral Handicap

PA Sport 5:36pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Raising Sand will have Saffie Osborne taking 7lb off (Julian Herbert/PA) Jamie and Saffie Osborne are aiming to emulate the O’Brien family when Raising Sand runs in the Balmoral Handicap on Qipco British Champions Day. Both Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien rode winners trained by their father Aidan on British racing’s showpiece day – and while their successes came in Group Ones rather than a handicap, the difference is Saffie Osborne has had fewer than 80 rides in her career to date.

Record-breaking Doyle bids for more Ascot glory

PA Sport 3:20pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Hollie Doyle (David Davies/PA) Hollie Doyle’s latest record-breaking season will reach a climax with five scheduled shots at Ascot glory on QIPCO British Champions Day. In a year of significant milestones, Doyle enjoyed her first Royal Ascot success aboard Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and then went on to claim her first Group victory when Dame Malliot triumphed in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket.

Soft ground scuppers Benbatl’s Ascot plans

PA Sport 2:38pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Benbatl does not run at Ascot (Nigel French/PA) Saeed bin Suroor has been left cursing the weather which has forced him to rule Benbatl out of Qipco Champions Day at Ascot. The multiple Group One winner was being prepared for a crack at either the Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs or the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile – in which he ran last year.

Lustown Baba cruises to Curragh Listed victory

PA Sport 2:30pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Lustown Baba bolted up at the Curragh (PA Wire) Lustown Baba handled the step up to Listed company with aplomb when cruising to victory in the TRM Waterford Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh. Willie McCreery’s three-year-old filly had won a handicap at the track from a mark of 84 only on Sunday.

Wichita to make full recovery after gallops injury

PA Sport 1:30pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Wichita should be fine to race again (Nigel French/PA) Aidan O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas runner-up Wichita should make a full recovery from an injury picked up in Australia which, it was initially feared, might have ended his career. The No Nay Never colt beat subsequent Prix de la Foret winner One Master in the Park Stakes at Doncaster when last seen.

Silver Streak set for seasonal bow at Kempton on Sunday

PA Sport 1:03pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Silver Streak (grey) will stay over hurdles (David Davies/PA) Evan Williams has no plans to embark on a chasing career with his high-quality hurdler Silver Streak. The seven-year-old, who ran on the Flat for Ann Duffield before joining Williams’ Glamorgan stable, has won six contests over the smaller obstacles since switching codes.

Stradivarius out to regain Long Distance crown

PA Sport 12:10pm, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Stradivarius (right) bids to go one better than 12 months ago when beaten a nose by Kew Gardens in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot (Simon Cooper/PA) Stradivarius will face 12 rivals as he bids to regain the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Bjorn Nielsen’s brilliant stayer won the two-mile Group Two in 2018 but was touched off by Kew Gardens in a thrilling finish 12 months ago.

Palace Pier puts unbeaten record on line in QEII

PA Sport 11:19am, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Palace Pier will bid to remain unbeaten (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Palace Pier will face 13 rivals as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day. John Gosden’s lightly-raced colt stepped up from winning a handicap at Newcastle soon after racing’s resumption in June to winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Magical and Addeybb face Champion Stakes rematch

PA Sport 11:03am, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Magical beat Addeybb last year (Simon Cooper/PA) Magical and Addeybb, the first two home in last year’s Qipco Champion Stakes, will face off again at Ascot on Saturday with 11 runners declared for this season’s renewal. Aidan O’Brien’s durable mare Magical is a seven-times Group One winner, adding the Pretty Polly Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup and Irish Champion Stakes to her tally this term after connections rethought retirement plans initially announced at the end of last year.

Marquand hails ‘remarkable’ Doyle after record-breaking success

PA Sport 10:17am, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Hollie Doyle broke her own record at Kempton on Wednesday (Edward Whitaker/PA) Tom Marquand has hailed Hollie Doyle’s achievement of setting a second successive record of winners in a calendar year for a female jockey as “remarkable”. Doyle partnered her 117th winner of 2020 at Kempton on Wednesday night and her partner Marquand, who has himself enjoyed a stellar year in gaining his first Classic in the St Leger on Galileo Chrome, believes the best is yet to come.

Hollie Doyle notches 117th win of the year to set new record

PA Sport 6:49pm, Wed 14 Oct 2020

Hollie Doyle rode her 117th winner of 2020 at Kempton (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Hollie Doyle set another milestone in what has been a stellar season as she broke her own British record for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey at Kempton. Doyle, 24, rode State Occasion in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Nursery Handicap and she had to be at her strongest aboard Ralph Beckett’s runner, hanging on by a short head in a photo finish with Tornadic.

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