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Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1)
British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes tips for Saturday’s Group 1 race. The best Fillies & Mares of the season go to post for this 1m 4f contest, with several Irish and French raiders making this a fascinating contest. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Journey won this race empathically twelve months ago and she excels at this time of year, so she rates as a big danger under Frankie Dettori alongside the French raider Bateel. The selection though is CORONET, who won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, posting a highly respectable effort in the St Leger on her latest start. She’ll appreciate the drop back in trip and the softer ground, with the allowances she receives another big positive. She looks very tough to beat under Olivier Peslier.
1 ALYSSA – Made all to win the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster when last seen in September, needing all of the 1m 6f distance to rally and get back up late on. It’s hard to see her appreciating this step back in distance and she should simply be out-classed here.
2 BATEEL – Arrives here on a four-timer for F-H Graffard, taking the scalps of Journey and Left Hand when winning a Group 1 at Chantilly in September. She’s in great heart and proving hugely progressive, so she is a leading contender.
3 JOURNEY – Runs her best races in the autumn for John Gosden, winning this race twelve months ago when shooting clear impressively. She was well held by Bateel on her latest start but that was her best race of the season and she couldn’t be discounted if back at her best.
4 LEFT HAND – Hasn’t won in 2017 and she was well behind both Bateel and Journey in the Prix Vemeille in Chantilly last month, fifth in the Prix de l’Opera Longines when last season. She is unlikely to reverse terms with those aforementioned horse and has an outside each way chance.
5 THE BLACK PRINCESS – Won the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks in July but she’s come up short the last twice in Group 1 company, well beaten in the Prix de l’Opera Longines when last seen. This is a very tough ask and despite having her conditions, she’s best watched.
6 THE JULIET ROSE – Front-runner who won a Group 2 at Chantilly last month in very game fashion, fighting off a host of challengers. On the bare form more is needed but she’s not going to be an easy horse to pass and shouldn’t be underestimated.
7 CORONET – Course and distance at Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes and she wasn’t beaten far in the St Leger when last season. She’s the best three year old in this field and with the allowances in mind, she should be very tough to beat as she’s still unexposed.
8 HORSEPLAY – Won a Listed race at Newmarket in May but she’s been well held the last twice against better opposition. She shouldn’t be good enough to win this and faces an uphill battle.
9 HYDRANGEA – Highly tried daughter of Galileo who took the scalp of Winter at Leopardstown last month, only beaten by a head in a Group 1 at Chantilly when last seen. On her pedigree, she should stay this far, but it’s not proven and others do look stronger.
10 WILD IRISH ROSE – Rated seventeen pounds inferior to the top rated horse and she arrives here below her best, finishing third in a Group 3 when last seen. She’ll love the ground but Ryan Moore shuns her and she simply isn’t good enough to place here.