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14:40 Ascot

Good To Soft

Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £283550
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.05
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1-1126

Last run: 84 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Unraced on softer than good; readily won the Musidora at York in May and unluckily beaten on the nod in the Oaks at Epsom, but she flopped when last seen in the King George over C&D in July; free-going sort who seemingly overdid it last time and now wears a hood; good chance if back to her best.

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7th

9

(8)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Emily Upjohn

9st 6lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Unraced on soft/heavy, acts on any other ground; pulled too hard in this contest 12 months ago, the only major blip in her otherwise progressive career; took well to a hood in next two appearances, showing a tidy turn of foot to win this year's Coronation Cup at Epsom (1m4f) on second occasion; close second to remarkable 3yo Paddington in a thrilling Eclipse at Sandown when dropped back to 1m2f with the headgear removed (it's again missing today); leading claims, provided she settles adequately returned to 1m4f.

9/2

2nd

3

(3)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

15:40 Sandown

Emily Upjohn

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: John & Thady Gosden

Pulled too hard in last year's King George, the only major blip in her otherwise progressive career; has taken well to a hood since, winning 1m4f Group 1 events at Ascot (good to soft) and Epsom (good to firm), showing a tidy turn of foot in the Coronation Cup latest; gives the impression she'll be just as effective back at 1m2f, and the removal of the headgear is understandable given the return to shorter; very classy filly who is one of the two big contenders lined up for an engrossing showdown.

5/4

40/1

  • Place: £11.20

Form: -13632 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Nearly always gets seriously involved and has won two Listed races and a Group 3; short-headed in another Group 3 last time and ran creditably in the Group 1 Pretty Polly the time before; one of many with each-way claims but she needs a bit extra to win this.

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2nd

8

(5)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Thunder Kiss

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: G M Lyons

took keen hold, midfield, headway when waiting for room over 2f out, ridden when in the clear under 2f out, no chance with winner but went second inside final furlong, kept on

40/1

2nd

4

(7)

10th Sep 2022

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Thunder Kiss

9st 6lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

held up in midfield, smooth headway and tracked leaders towards far side 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, faced strong challenge towards finish, headed post

4/1

6th

9

(3)

8th Jun 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

19:10 Cork

Thunder Kiss

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

steadied start, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden and some headway, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish

3/1

3rd
3 (12)
Insinuendo

33/1

  • Place: £16.50

Form: 4-2220

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Won a Group 3 and a Group 2 last season and runner-up in the same grades on her first three starts this year, with a big late effort to go close on last two occasions; wore a first-time hood (retained today) when never dangerous in the Group 1 Opera at Longchamp 13 days ago, however, which was creditable on form but reinforces that she needs a big career best today on this first go beyond 1m2f.

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4th

2

(7)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Insinuendo

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W McCreery

midfield, in touch with leaders up the centre over 2f out, went fourth inside final furlong, no impression final 110yds

7/2

7th

2

(8)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Insinuendo

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: W McCreery

towards rear

16/1

8th

3

(6)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Insinuendo

9st 10lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: W McCreery

A 1m1f course Group 2 winner in 2021; fine effort when touched off by Luxembourg (who was returning after injury) over C&D last August; beaten a neck by Above The Curve in Blandford Stakes over C&D and third in 1m4f Group 1 Fillies & Mares at Ascot; 1m winner on seasonal debut and has run well in defeat since, though a little below the level of best 2022 form

8/1

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: 71-532 CD BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Her best two days last year came over C&D, latterly when winning this race (good to soft) by a short head from Albaflora; made a big step back in that direction when third at Haydock (1m4f, soft) in early July and seemingly outstayed by Mimikyu over 14.5f when coming up well short as 6-4 favourite at Doncaster over two months later; not dismissed.

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4th

2

(7)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Eshaada

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Varian

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway from 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra and lost two places inside final furlong

8/1

2nd

2

(6)

8th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:10 Doncaster

Eshaada

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway towards near side over 3f out, pushed along to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong

6/4

3rd

2

(1)

2nd Jul 2022

Soft

1m 3f 175y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Eshaada

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Varian

led, pushed along when hampered and headed under 2f out, not clear run and lost second inside final furlong, kept on

11/4

5th
5 (9)
Rosscarbery

14/1

Form: 11D3124 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Spectacularly improved this season, winning five times in Ireland, including in two Group 3s (1m4f and 1m6f); battled her way to a close second in the 1m2f Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville and ran creditably when fourth in the Irish St Leger; needs respect even though a fair bit better is required of her to win this.

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10th

4

(10)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Rosscarbery

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Extremely reliable over the last two seasons, including for two Group 3 wins over 1m4f and one at 1m6f; also showed her form in the 1m2f Group 1 Pretty Polly on penultimate start, albeit 3l behind Stay Alert; unraced on firmer than good; should not be far away.

14/1

2nd

8

(5)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Rosscarbery

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Three-time Group 3 winner; gained the latest of those at Cork last month and as good as ever when fourth in the Group 1 Pretty Polly here three weeks ago; very best form is over shorter trips on quicker ground but she's consistent and hard to rule out.

4/1

4th

4

(2)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Rosscarbery

9st 10lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Five wins last season, including two at Group 3 level; improvement sustained in Group 1 races, notably when just denied in Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville; good fifth in Qipco Fillies & Mares at Ascot, having forced the pace; made winning return in Group 3 event at Cork just over a fortnight ago; seemed to idle; should be better for the run.

5/1

25/1

Form: 524354

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Fourth in Irish Oaks (1m4f) and showed her major strength of stamina when placed with late bids in 1m6f Group events on starts either side, including when beaten just over 1l by Sea La Rosa at Glorious Goodwood; this autumn's 3l fifth in the St Leger and close fourth to Sea La Rosa at Longchamp also suggest she can put up a fight but is vulnerable for win purposes.

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2nd

11

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Goodwood

Emily Dickinson

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

in rear, still plenty to do 3f out

11/2

1st

7

(3)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Emily Dickinson

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Group 3 winner here (2m soft to heavy) at the end of last term and impressive when making a winning return in a Listed race at Navan (1m6f, heavy) in April; bounced back from a lesser run when fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup and looks like a big player with conditions in her favour.

13/8

Form: -51342

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Reliable on turf last two seasons and raised her game this term; tried 1m4f on last two starts when fourth in the Yorkshire Oaks at York (good) and beaten a head by Sweet Lady in the Vermeille at Longchamp (soft); very plucky last time and should not be far away.

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7th

4

(3)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Lilac Road

9st 7lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

towards rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, brief headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong (jockey said filly hung right-handed)

16/1

4th

3

(7)

18th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Lilac Road

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

reluctant to load, held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and some headway over 2f out, outpaced but went fourth over 1f out, kept on

11/1

3rd

3

(5)

28th Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Lilac Road

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

midfield, bit short of room under 3f out, soon pushed along, ridden when bumped 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, ran on well and went third inside final 110yds

11/2

25/1

Form: 322-50 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Short-headed by Eshaada in this race last year (good to soft); however, she's had just two runs this season, when failing to fire in either the Ormonde at Chester in May or the Vermeille at Longchamp in September.

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8th

1

(4)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Albaflora

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

took keen hold, midfield on inner, pushed along and headway from 3f out, short of room over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong

25/1

5th

8

(2)

5th May 2022

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:10 Chester

Albaflora

8st 13lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

2nd

1

(6)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

13:35 Ascot

Albaflora

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Ran away with C&D Listed event (soft) in May and back near that top form when second to impressive Snowfall in the Yorkshire Oaks at York (good) on latest outing; not so good in between but seriously involved if judged on best efforts.

5/1

Form: 125737 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

11-time scorer at the top level up to 2m in Australia, her most notable victory in last year's Melbourne Cup; front-running third in the Foy at Longchamp (1m4f, soft) was easily the best of her three runs in France this year, comfortably below her peak efforts even then; never looked a threat behind Sea La Rosa there two weeks ago, so others have to be preferred.

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9th

9

(8)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Verry Elleegant

9st 7lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: F-H Graffard

took keen hold, towards rear on outer, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened gradually final furlong (trainer could offer no explanation for the poor form shown)

20/1

Form: -12111 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Progressive at three and same again this season, winning a Group 3 in May, Group 2s in July and August, and the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp (1m6f, very soft) two weeks ago; effective at 1m4f and 1m6f; probably needs further progress but she's firmly in calculations.

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10th

6

(6)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Sea La Rosa

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden and bit short of room 2f out, soon weakened (trainer could offer no explanation for the poor form shown)

6/1

1st

3

(2)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:45 Goodwood

Sea La Rosa

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

in touch with leaders, went second and chased clear leader 2f out, soon pushed along and headway, ridden and led inside final furlong, stayed on

7/4

6th

7

(2)

2nd Jul 2022

Soft

1m 3f 175y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Sea La Rosa

9st 7lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, soon towards rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, soon outpaced and beaten

16/1

10/1

Form: 1-2141 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Better than ever this season, winning Group 2 at Saint-Cloud (10.5f, soft) in May and making all in the Group 1 Vermeille at Longchamp (1m4f, soft; held Lilac Road by a head) five weeks ago; serious player.

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11th

7

(14)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Sweet Lady

9st 7lb

J: Gregory Benoist

T: F-H Graffard

prominent, ridden and hung right 2f out, soon weakened

10/1

Form: -21171 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Notable improver on all but one of her starts, the exception when she raced too freely in Listed race at York in August; classy sister Journey did well in a hood, her best form when winning this race in 2016 (runner-up in 2015), and this 3yo took well to that headgear on latest start, staying on much too strongly for Eshaada in the 14.5f Group 2 Park Hill at Doncaster (good to soft); Frankie Dettori prefers Emily Upjohn but this stablemate is another to take seriously.

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3rd

2

(7)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Bath

Mimikyu

9st 6lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Progressive triple winner as a 3yo, including the Park Hill at Doncaster (1m6f, good to soft) last September; 0-4 this season but she went very close in a Group 3 at York in May and ran creditably in a Group 1 at Longchamp 18 days ago; has leading claims on this big drop back in class and she should take some stopping.

6/5

5th

7

(5)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

16:10 Goodwood

Mimikyu

9st 0lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold

9/2

3rd

3

(9)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Mimikyu

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Mixed form in the second half of last season but she won the Group 2 Park Hill at Doncaster (14.5f, good to soft) last September in a first-time hood; reappeared with creditable second under 5lb penalty in York Group 3 (1m6f, good to firm) in May and stable has won this nine times; has won over C&D and is a leading contender provided the absence of the hood isn't an issue.

11/8

Form: 231111 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Hot favourite over 1m4f on last five starts, fluffing her lines on first occasion but then winning a novice at Kempton (AW), Listed race at Newmarket (good to firm) and Group 3s at Deauville (good to soft) and Newmarket (good); found plenty for pressure on last three occasions and is getting her act together in fine style; needs extra but may well be capable of it.

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13th

12

(2)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Eternal Pearl

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

midfield on inner, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened (trainer said filly was unsuited by the good to soft, soft in places going and would prefer a quicker surface)

9/2

1st

2

(3)

23rd Sep 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Eternal Pearl

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

towards rear, pushed along 3f out, switched left and headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right and went second 1f out, kept on well and led towards finish

5/2

3rd

7

(4)

16th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:22 Newmarket (July)

Eternal Pearl

8st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

slowly away, in rear, headway over 2f out, soon switched left, ridden when short of room over 1f out, soon weakened

11/2

12/1

Form: 412151 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won Listed race at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) in June; apparently too free in the Lancashire Oaks next time but she improved in Group 3 at Newbury (1m3f, good) four weeks ago and put up a striking performance, held up in rear, switched and quickening to get up close home; that gives her a shout.

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1st

7

(4)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Stay Alert

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Listed/Group 3 winner; her final four runs of last season were at the top table, the best of them when runner-up in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good); the tongue-tie tried that day was retained afterwards and she wasn't beaten far in either the Yorkshire Oaks (1m4f) or the Prix de l'Opera (1m2f) before unsuited by soft ground on Champions' Day; at this lower level she's a strong contender.

6/1

13th

5

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Stay Alert

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Second in Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good) and each-way claims on that form, but she wasn't so good in the Yorkshire Oaks or Prix de l'Opera; tongue tied for those last three starts; more to prove at 1m4f (judged on her three attempts at it since a novice win) and on soft ground.

25/1

6th

6

(8)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Stay Alert

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

dwelt start

11/1

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Payout
Exacta £1921.00
Straight Forecast £1978.50
Tricast £98573.80
Trifecta £32758.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Mimikyu

TOPSPEED:

Stay Alert

RP Ratings:

Emily Upjohn

The Times:

Eternal Pearl

SPOTLIGHT:

Sweet Lady

The Star:

Sea La Rosa

Daily Mail:

Stay Alert

The Sun:

Stay Alert

NEWMARKET:

Emily Upjohn

The Guardian:

Mimikyu

Daily Express:

Mimikyu

Daily Record:

Mimikyu

Daily Mirror:

Eternal Pearl

POSTDATA:

Sweet Lady