Gina Bryce previews the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot
The Gina Bryce of sky Sports Racing gives her verdict on the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.
With two Classic winners on the roll of honor inside this Group 1 finale into the seven-race Fillies and Mares category, the 2019 renewal could observe a third combine Dancing Rain and Simple Verse with 2 Oaks winners featuring in a standout edition of the valuable contest.
John Gosden has enjoyed a year due in no small part and its no real surprise to see three runners feature from Clarehaven headlined by his two Oaks winners, Anapurna and Star Catcher.
Star Catcher who reduced the colors of the Anapurna at the Prix Vermeille in Longchamp but who will face a harder task this time against the following winner of the Prix de Royallieu has been opted for by his huge race ally Frankie Dettori.
Twist in four Aidan OBrien-trained runners, Ballydoyle are seeking to finish the hat-trick from the race, and an unexposed wildcard in the race and Antonia De Vega is shaping up to be an absolute cracker.
An winner of the Epsom Oaks in June, Gosdens Vintage winner returned to finish prior to putting her back on track from the Group 1 Prix Royallieu on Arc weekend well beaten by her Star Catcher.
Supplied a race ride in the front underneath Dettori she left all, showing tenacity and guts to continue in very soft conditions over the longer excursion.
Stamina will be a asset come Saturday on prediction ground. Yet, reports of her having gone in her coat and the fact Frankie overlooks her might temper enthusiasm.
A lightly-raced three-year-old from the steady of 2015 winner Straightforward Verse, this daughter of Lope De Vega lost her unbeaten juvenile album when fracturing a pastern from the Fillies Mile however established she kept all her skill when coming with an impressive win at level at Newbury at June.
Prior to being withdrawn due to the speedy floor touted, she has not yet been seen since. Her capacity to manage bottomless states, coupled with reports of a satisfying recent racecourse gallop, mark down her as a contender.
Smart, consistent performer who has mixed it to follow house Tarnawa and Anapurna on several occasions this season. However to acquire anything apart from her maiden along with also a step ahead will be required to see another career victory is notched up by her.
Claim and placings in equally Oaks have been a subsequently unsatisfactory season for Pink Dogwoods points. Questions after completing to answer now beaten in Prix de lOpera and the Prix Vermeille on starts.
The top light amongst John Gosdens impressive armoury of three-year-old fillies, this lady of Ocean The Stars improved for the measure up to 1m 4f to stamp her authority at the Oaks and the Ribblesdale.
The Selection of Dettori additional the Prix Vermeille to the to her haul last time and with demonstrated her health, endurance and ability to handle states she should prove a difficult nut to crack for potential rivals
This race was won by dermot Weld using Sapphire from 2012 and the daughter of sire-of-the-season Shamardal attempts to replicate the effort having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork en route to Ascot.
Things did not go at the Oaks on her only other trip to the UK but having had a break she has now won her last two, demonstrating her versatility over various excursions in the procedure and on some other floor. She is a genuine, persistent filly who may take the step forward required to choose this for her ace coach.
The race doesnt lack for strength in depth in the verification point and we should have an exciting renewal of this event for fillies and mares. Whilst it is tough to discover any chinks in the remarkable armoury of favourite Star Catcher, if the likely bottomless conditions materialise it might be worth siding with the brand new, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA that will relish the floor and may hand the shrewd Ralph Beckett get his name to the roll of honour for a second time.