QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 14:35
£600,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1   
Saturday 21st October 2017

Only Enable has prevented Aidan O’Brien from a clean sweep of the five QIPCO British Champions Series races in the Fillies & Mares Division so far this year, and the Ballydoyle trainer has a predictably strong hand in the entries for this £600,000 contest.

Winter
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Winter

His seven possible contenders include Winter, the winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and the Qatar Nassau Stakes already this season and a filly who his trainer believes can see out the mile-and-a-half trip of this contest if required. Also amongst them is Investec Oaks runner-up, Rhododendron and last year’s Irish Oaks winner, Seventh Heaven.

John Gosden sent out Journey to improve upon her 2015 runner-up effort when taking the race 12 months ago under Frankie Dettori and the same mare is again in contention for Britain’s joint most valuable filles-only prize.

“We’re certainly looking at the race with Journey and for her to come back and do the double would be terrific. We may have one or two others in there too,” said Gosden.

Nezwaah
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Nezwaah

Another eye-catching name among the entries is the Roger Varian trained Nezwaah, already a Group 1 winner in the Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in July.

“No decision has been taken about future plans for Nezwaah,” said Varian. “She is pleasing me, but we aren’t looking any further forward than her next race at this stage. The QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes is a possible target and will come under consideration nearer the time.”

Enable is not the only Oaks-winning entry among a field that features 11 individual Group 1 winners, with German Oaks winner Lacazar given the option by trainer Peter Schiergen.

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Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
44 entries
Going: N/A

Form Horse Age Wgt Trainer
215-123 Abingdon (USA) 76 4 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
0-11332 Ajman Princess (IRE) 85 4 9-5 R Varian
228236- Architecture (IRE) 371 4 9-5 H Palmer
151 Baiyouna (FR) 81 3 8-13 A Royer De Dupre
150-211 Bateel (IRE) 76 5 9-5 F H Graffard
11-3514 Coronet 98 3 8-13 J H M Gosden
15-6272 Dubka 79 4 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
462231 Elizabeth Browning (IRE) 97 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
1-31111 Enable 84 3 8-13 J H M Gosden
121-231 Eziyra (IRE) 74 3 8-13 D K Weld
0-183 Fleur Forsyte 77 3 8-13 J R Fanshawe
311324 Glamorous Approach (IRE) 74 4 9-5 J S Bolger
33-211 God Given 91 3 8-13 L M Cumani
43330-9 Harlequeen 79 4 9-5 M R Channon
41-144 Horseplay 111 3 8-13 A M Balding
0-10334 Hydrangea (IRE) 79 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
3111-50 Journey 111 5 9-5 J H M Gosden
111 Lacazar (GER) 76 3 8-13 P Schiergen
110-645 Left Hand 111 4 9-5 C Laffon-Parias
161-941 Melesina (IRE) 216 3 8-13 R A Fahey
2/1312- Mountain Bell 364 4 9-5 R M Beckett
3-11624 Natural Scenery 79 4 9-5 S bin Suroor
1527-11 Nezwaah 111 4 9-5 R Varian
140-137 Promising Run (USA) 231 4 9-5 S bin Suroor
331-446 Queen's Trust 79 4 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
745222 Rain Goddess (IRE) 98 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
131-22P Rhododendron (IRE) 125 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
35-9418 Santa Monica 111 4 9-5 C O'Brien
3-1390 Serenada 91 3 8-13 R Varian
1154-21 Seventh Heaven (IRE) 168 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
4211 Sirrin (IRE) 127 3 8-13 J C Rouget
1/11-347 Smart Call (SAF) 111 6 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
1/1113-5 So Mi Dar 79 4 9-5 J H M Gosden
13-3 Tansholpan 164 3 8-13 R Varian
1-13 Terrakova (IRE) 125 3 8-13 F Head
63-1425 That Which Is Not (USA) 126 4 9-5 F H Graffard
231-121 The Black Princess (FR) 105 4 9-5 J H M Gosden
10231-4 The Juliet Rose (FR) 76 4 9-5 N Clement
2212-1 To Eternity 77 4 9-5 J H M Gosden
1-20 Vintage Folly 111 3 8-13 H Palmer
331 What A Home (IRE) 84 3 8-13 W J Haggas
731153 Wild Irish Rose (IRE) 74 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
1-21111 Winter (IRE) 79 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
117-114 Zhukova (IRE) 111 5 9-5 D K Weld

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