Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(sponsored by QIPCO)
Group 1, Ascot 15:15
£1,100,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Saturday 19th October 2019

Lord Glitters is on course to return to his favourite track for another crack at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).

He gave trainer David O’Meara and Flat Jockeys’ Championship title contender Danny Tudhope their sole winners on QIPCO British Champions Day when flying home from the rear to win the Balmoral Handicap two years ago.

Although he could only finish sixth behind Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last year he put his hold-up tactics to good use under a nerveless ride from Tudhope when landing the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot by a neck this summer.

The star-studded QIPCO British Champions Day will again be his big end-of-season target and his return to Ascot is sure to bring back happy memories for his connections.

The race didn’t pan out for him when fifth in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 31 and O’Meara is already looking forward to QIPCO British Champions Day.

O’Meara said: “He’s run fine in the Qatar Sussex Stakes. They didn’t go very quick and he always needs a strong pace to run at. He didn’t get it the other day.

“The track at Goodwood wouldn’t be as ideal as Ascot but he did run well when third in the Sussex Stakes last year. It was all about the pace of the race this time. When Phoenix Of Spain got to the front he pulled it up and they hacked round.

“He likes the straight mile at Ascot because it’s stiff and they generally go a good pace. He goes on any ground.

“His Queen Anne win was a great day. He was runner-up in it last year as well and you don’t think you’re going to get a second bite of the cherry. For him to go back and win was brilliant.”

Trainers Quotes

Another Royal Ascot winner could return to the scene of her greatest victory. Watch Me, trained in France by Francis-Henri Graffard, caused a 20-1 shock when beating dual 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa in this year’s Coronation Stakes.

Graffard said: “Going to Ascot I knew Watch Me was a very good filly and I knew she was going to run well. I can’t say I was confident that she was going to win like that but I was obviously very pleased to see that.

“It was a great day. There’s a chance she could go back to Ascot for QIPCO British Champions Day but her next race, the Jacques Le Marois in Deavuille, is a big target. After that we’ll see.”

This season’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is another potential contender for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

O’Brien said, “Magna Grecia is on the way back. The plan was that he might go to York and he might go to Leopardstown and then finish up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.”

Magna Grecia is one of eight entries from O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stables. Circus Maximus, Hermosa, I Can Fly, Le Brivido and Magical are among the others.

One-time QIPCO 2000 Guineas hope Mohaather, trained by Marcus Tregoning, and Charlie Fellowes’ highly-rated mud-lover King Ottokar are other potential runners, as well as course specialist Raising Sand, who won the Moet & Chandon International Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO King George Day.

Other notable inclusions are Benbatl, Phoenix Of Spain, 2018 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised, Royal Meeting, who was last seen when beating Hermosa in the Criterium International at Chantilly in October last year, and recent winner of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes Veracious.

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Sponsored By Qipco (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) (Str)
£1,100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
41 entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 5-3R48 Accidental Agent 5 9-4 Eve Johnson Houghton
2 01512- Benbatl 5 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor
3 43-247 Century Dream 5 9-4 Simon Crisford
4 0-1122 Hey Gaman 4 9-4 James Tate
5 52-112 Imaging 4 9-4 D K Weld
6 -35550 Le Brivido 5 9-4 A P O'Brien
7 6-3015 Lord Glitters 6 9-4 David O'Meara
8 211-78 Ostilio 4 9-4 Simon Crisford
9 16-431 Raising Sand 7 9-4 Jamie Osborne
10 9-5441 Romanised 4 9-4 K J Condon
11 0-1113 Safe Voyage 6 9-4 John Quinn
12 1-1209 Sharja Bridge 5 9-4 Roger Varian
13 8-1106 Stormy Antarctic 6 9-4 Ed Walker
14 11-111 The Revenant 4 9-4 F-H Graffard
15 7-1127 Zaaki 4 9-4 Sir Michael Stoute
16 4-1612 Circus Maximus 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
17 1-1 Dubai Warrior 3 9-1 John Gosden
18 -13174 Happy Power 3 9-1 Andrew Balding
19 12-611 Headman 3 9-1 Roger Charlton
20 062333 I Can Fly 4 9-1 A P O'Brien
21 22-12 King Of Change 3 9-1 Richard Hannon
22 12-112 King Of Comedy 3 9-1 John Gosden
23 19-143 King Ottokar 3 9-1 Charlie Fellowes
24 -11122 Magical 4 9-1 A P O'Brien
25 253220 Magic Wand 4 9-1 A P O'Brien
26 121-15 Magna Grecia 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
27 211-1 Mohaather 3 9-1 Marcus Tregoning
28 222-16 Move Swiftly 4 9-1 William Haggas
29 217-11 Never No More 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
30 22-166 Phoenix Of Spain 3 9-1 Charles Hills
31 135- Prince Eiji 3 9-1 Roger Varian
32 11- Royal Meeting 3 9-1 Saeed bin Suroor
33 8111-3 San Donato 3 9-1 Roger Varian
34 1-1125 Shaman 3 9-1 C Laffon-Parias
35 1-1344 Skardu 3 9-1 William Haggas
36 11 UAE Jewel 3 9-1 Roger Varian
37 6-4341 Veracious 4 9-1 Sir Michael Stoute
38 2-1129 Hermosa 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
39 1-2911 Suphala 3 8-12 A Fabre
40 -21241 Twist 'N' Shake 3 8-12 John Gosden
41 31-161 Watch Me 3 8-12 F-H Graffard