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15:05 Ascot

Soft

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Mile)

  • Prize money: £655709.37
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Mile)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.15
  • Place: £1.45

Form: 111222 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Smart French colt who has form figures of 1111222 (over 1m-10.5f) for current yard; solid second in the French Derby, Jacques le Marois and Moulin since upped to Group 1 level; acts on heavy ground; threatening to win a race of this nature and has to be feared; front-runner.

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1st

4

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Big Rock

9st 3lb

J: Aurelien Lemaitre

T: Christopher Head

Smart French colt who has form figures of 1111222 (over 1m-10.5f) for current yard; solid second in the French Derby, Jacques le Marois and Moulin since upped to Group 1 level; acts on heavy ground; threatening to win a race of this nature and has to be feared; front-runner.

13/2

14/1

  • Place: £3.55

Form: -32323 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

French gelding who was 5-7 last year and has maintained a high level of form in defeat this term; ties in with Paddington and Big Rock on Sussex/Moulin results; acts on heavy ground; another creditable effort is on the cards for this consistent performer.

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2nd

3

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Facteur Cheval

9st 6lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: J Reynier

French gelding who was 5-7 last year and has maintained a high level of form in defeat this term; ties in with Paddington and Big Rock on Sussex/Moulin results; acts on heavy ground; another creditable effort is on the cards for this consistent performer.

14/1

2nd

3

(5)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Facteur Cheval

9st 10lb

J: Maxime Guyon

T: J Reynier

bumped start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along when short of room 2f out, squeezed through and went second over 1f out, pressed winner but hung right inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

16/1

3rd
11 (10)
Tahiyra

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-2111 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; esteemed Irish filly who was impressive in both 2yo starts; clear second in the 1,000 Guineas then went one better in the Irish version, before the Coronation Stakes (on the round course here) and Matron saw her complete a Group 1 hat-trick; behind a couple of these rivals on the figures but gives the impression she may still rate higher and either way she's one of the main contenders.

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3rd

11

(10)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Tahiyra

9st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Acts on soft; esteemed Irish filly who was impressive in both 2yo starts; clear second in the 1,000 Guineas then went one better in the Irish version, before the Coronation Stakes (on the round course here) and Matron saw her complete a Group 1 hat-trick; behind a couple of these rivals on the figures but gives the impression she may still rate higher and either way she's one of the main contenders.

7/2

1st

12

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Tahiyra

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

in touch with leaders, smooth headway and prominent 2f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ridden clear inside final 110yds

10/11

1st

7

(3)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Tahiyra

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Her Moyglare Stud Stakes success (on soft going) was the best performance by a 2yo filly in Europe last year; clear second in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on reappearance despite not being quite at peak condition (a couple of weeks behind, according to trainer), then went one better in the Irish version at the Curragh (on good ground) where she was pushed out to beat Meditate and took record to 3-4; has now finished in front of that Ballydoyle rival on three occasions; top on the figures and gives the impression she hasn't reached her peak; strongly respected.

4/7

OUR TIP

Form: -48745 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Yet to win above Group 3 level; fourth in this race last year (also ran well on very soft in France the time before) but the balance of his 2023 form, latterly over 1m2f, suggests that effort is far from certain to be repeated; came up short in the Lockinge when last seen over 1m.

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1st

1

(5)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:22 Newmarket

Checkandchallenge

9st 6lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

in rear, shaken up and headway from 3f out, led over 1f out, idled inside final 110yds, just held on

7/2

4th

2

(11)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Checkandchallenge

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: William Knight

Yet to win above Group 3 level; fourth in this race last year (also ran well on very soft in France the time before) but the balance of his 2023 form, latterly over 1m2f, suggests that effort is far from certain to be repeated; came up short in the Lockinge when last seen over 1m.

50/1

4th

2

(2)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:15 York

Checkandchallenge

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: William Knight

held up in rear, headway towards far side 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong

12/1

Form: 321520 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Proved suited by the drop to 1m at Royal Ascot, winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on good ground; best effort since when second to Tahiyra in the Matron two starts ago, so her three clearly best efforts have been on good; smart filly on her day but needs a career best to land this prize.

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5th

10

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Rogue Millennium

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Tom Clover

Proved suited by the drop to 1m at Royal Ascot, winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on good ground; best effort since when second to Tahiyra in the Matron two starts ago, so her three clearly best efforts have been on good; smart filly on her day but needs a career best to land this prize.

50/1

2nd

5

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Rogue Millennium

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Tom Clover

towards rear of midfield, headway over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, ran on well and went second final strides, no match for winner

10/1

1st

10

(7)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Rogue Millennium

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Tom Clover

took keen hold, towards rear

9/1

Form: 421323 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Three-time Group 1 winner against her own sex, most recently by 5l in this year's Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket when taking record over 1m to 2-2; has remained in form back at 1m2f since, most recently a close third in the Irish Champion Stakes having come from a difficult position; acts on soft; very good filly who is still unexposed as a miler and holds solid claims.

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6th

8

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Nashwa

9st 3lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Three-time Group 1 winner against her own sex, most recently by 5l in this year's Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket when taking record over 1m to 2-2; has remained in form back at 1m2f since, most recently a close third in the Irish Champion Stakes having come from a difficult position; acts on soft; very good filly who is still unexposed as a miler and holds solid claims.

4/1

3rd

5

(6)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Nashwa

9st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

towards rear, headway towards near side over 1f out, went third final 110yds, kept on well towards finish

11/2

2nd

2

(4)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:35 York

Nashwa

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, raced in third, headway from 2f out, carried left over 1f out, kept on and went second towards finish

10/1

25/1

Form: 261741 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Two Group 1 wins on French soil as a 2yo; led close home in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood eight weeks ago, taking record on going softer than good to 6-8; faces a stiffer task in this field but slow ground would boost his chance.

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7th

1

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Angel Bleu

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Two Group 1 wins on French soil as a 2yo; led close home in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood eight weeks ago, taking record on going softer than good to 6-8; faces a stiffer task in this field but slow ground would boost his chance.

25/1

1st

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Goodwood

Angel Bleu

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield, waiting for room over 2f out, ridden and switched left against near rail 1f out, headway final furlong, ran on well to lead towards finish

10/1

4th

3

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Angel Bleu

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Added to his good record on softer than good when resuming winning ways in 7f Haydock Listed race last month; shaped better than the result after meeting trouble when seventh of 12 in the Queen Anne over the straight 1m here (good) at the Royal meeting; big run on the cards if the ground eases.

9/2

Form: 550154 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; reappearance win commenced his spell at about 1m2f; proved suited by the drop back to 1m at Glorious Goodwood but has failed to build on that Group 3 success in two subsequent runs; towards the bottom of this pack on the figures.

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8th

6

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Epictetus

9st 3lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Acts on heavy; reappearance win commenced his spell at about 1m2f; proved suited by the drop back to 1m at Glorious Goodwood but has failed to build on that Group 3 success in two subsequent runs; towards the bottom of this pack on the figures.

66/1

4th

6

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Epictetus

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

3yo who was a Listed winner at Epsom (1m2f, soft) in April and landed the Group 3 Throroughbred Stakes at Goodwood (1m, soft) in August; ran well on good ground here last season; not ruled out but it's been an up-and-down campaign and he wasn't at his best at Goodwood (1m, soft) last time.

13/2

5th

5

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Goodwood

Epictetus

9st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Proved well suited by dropping back to 1m when winning seven-runner Group 3 over C&D (soft; also successful on good to firm) three weeks ago, swooping through to lead inside the final 1f and beating the hot favourite by 1l, with Galeron and Knight making the frame; that was a personal best and there may be more to come from him over this distance; high on the list.

11/4

2/1

Form: 111113 C BF

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Ballydoyle colt whose impressive sequence of wins included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, St James's Palace, Eclipse and Sussex; combination of faster ground (good to firm) and the effects of a very busy campaign can excuse his defeat in the International at York when last seen (unable to complete an eight-timer but still ran creditably on the figures); acts on heavy; comes back fresh following a deserved two-month break and remains worthy of great respect; top on ratings.

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9th

9

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Paddington

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Ballydoyle colt whose impressive sequence of wins included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, St James's Palace, Eclipse and Sussex; combination of faster ground (good to firm) and the effects of a very busy campaign can excuse his defeat in the International at York when last seen (unable to complete an eight-timer but still ran creditably on the figures); acts on heavy; comes back fresh following a deserved two-month break and remains worthy of great respect; top on ratings.

2/1

3rd

3

(2)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:35 York

Paddington

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

raced in second

8/13

1st

6

(4)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Paddington

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

made virtually all, took keen hold, joined over 3f out, pushed along and led narrowly against near rail over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, went clear towards finish

4/9

10/1

Form: 1-U127 D BF

Last run: 104 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Front-runner/races prominently; acts on soft; flopped in the Prix Jean Prat when last seen, when the race possibly came too soon after his second to Paddington at Royal Ascot; progressive otherwise and may bounce back but he won a substandard edition of the 2,000 Guineas, with the form having largely worked out disappointingly.

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10th

5

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Chaldean

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

Front-runner/races prominently; acts on soft; flopped in the Prix Jean Prat when last seen, when the race possibly came too soon after his second to Paddington at Royal Ascot; progressive otherwise and may bounce back but he won a substandard edition of the 2,000 Guineas, with the form having largely worked out disappointingly.

10/1

2nd

1

(1)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Chaldean

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

2/1

1st

2

(3)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Chaldean

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

Races prominently and can make the running; can battle too, as he showed when taking care of Indestructible in the Acomb at York and the Champagne on soft ground at Doncaster, before holding on by a head from Royal Scotsman in the Group 1 Dewhurst here on good (unraced on firmer); mishap leaving the stalls at Newbury two weeks ago prevented any assessment of his progress from two to three, but he was one of the top 2yos and may well stay 1m.

13/2

11th
7 (2)
Hi Royal

66/1

Form: -42399 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Good second to Chaldean on soft in the 2,000 Guineas, outrunning his 125-1 odds, then third to Paddington in the Irish version; failed to back up that form in two top races at Deauville, leaving him with something to prove.

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11th

7

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Hi Royal

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Kevin Ryan

Good second to Chaldean on soft in the 2,000 Guineas, outrunning his 125-1 odds, then third to Paddington in the Irish version; failed to back up that form in two top races at Deauville, leaving him with something to prove.

66/1

3rd

7

(2)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:40 Curragh

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kevin Ryan

soon led, pushed along under 2f out, ridden when headed and bit short of room against far rail inside final furlong, no extra when lost second towards finish

3/1

2nd

7

(4)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kevin Ryan

Pretty useful form on debut (good to firm) and comfortably justified evens favouritism in a novice race at Ayr (1m, good) in September; made a small advance on that form when fourth of nine in a good conditions stakes here (7f, soft) on reappearance, and can build on that, but that record leaves him miles adrift of what others in this line-up have achieved.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £777.00
Straight Forecast £685.30
Tricast £2762.90
Trifecta £2698.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Paddington

SPOTLIGHT:

Nashwa

The Star:

Big Rock

The Times:

Tahiyra

Daily Mirror:

Chaldean

D Express:

Facteur Cheval

NEWMARKET:

Checkandchallenge

Telegraph:

Angel Bleu

TOPSPEED:

Paddington

POSTDATA:

Paddington

The Guardian:

Paddington

Daily Mail:

Paddington

The Sun:

Paddington

Daily Record:

Nashwa