Rising star Baaeed could tackle title-holder The Revenant and Palace Pier amongst a stellar listing of established top-class performers within the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.
William Haggas’ unbeaten Shadwell Property colt Baaeed is considered one of 31 entries – together with Andrew Balding’s three-time Group One heroine Alcohol Free, Francois-Henri Graffard’s The Revenant and John and Thady Gosden’s Palace Pier, whose solely defeat thus far got here on this race final 12 months.
The Group One QEII is value greater than £1million, as a part of Ascot’s showpiece card on October 16.
It’s headlined by the Champion Stakes itself and likewise options the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and Qipco British Champions Dash Stakes – two extra top-level races – and the Group Two Qipco British Champions Lengthy Distance Cup.
Aidan O’Brien’s Basic winners Love, Mom Earth, Empress Josephine and St Mark’s Basilica – the highest-rated horse on the planet – are additionally joined within the QEII reckoning by Nassau Stakes heroine Girl Bowthorpe and Snow Lantern, winner of Newmarket’s Falmouth Stakes.
Jim Bolger’s 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Poetic Flare is one other contender.
Baaeed, additionally a three-year-old, made his debut solely in June however has since received 4 instances as much as Group Three stage.
Haggas mentioned: “He’ll be eating on the high desk any longer, and I believe we’ll stick at a mile.
“He is earned a QEII entry, and it is encouraging that he confirmed (within the Thoroughbred Stakes) at Goodwood that he may deal with some give within the floor, as a result of I wasn’t certain that he would.
“He retains doing it, and folks say he retains working good instances. He is only a good horse, I believe – and in the mean time all the things goes his method. He is sound, he is wholesome – and he is quick.”
Palace Pier is a four-time Group One winner, and his joint coach John Gosden mentioned: “He had a blood dysfunction proper after the Queen Anne and needed to miss the Sussex Stakes – however all being properly he’ll be within the Jacques le Marois at Deauville, after which we’ll take it ahead from there.
“The QEII is a particular risk once more. However he is additionally entered for the Champion Stakes, and it might be attention-grabbing to see him at a mile and 1 / 4.
“It is nonetheless a good distance off, so we’ll see.”
Graffard mentioned of The Revenant: “The QEII is his predominant objective. We all know he acts rather well on smooth floor, and final 12 months that was a bonus to him.
“He’s again in coaching after a summer time break and might be extra of an autumn horse than a spring horse.”
O’Brien, who final received the QEII in 2016 with one other sensible filly Minding, mentioned of Tuesday’s Group One Prix Rothschild winner Mom Earth: “(This) would be the race we might be taking a look at for her.
“I believe she has met Alcohol Free thrice, and he or she has overwhelmed her twice within the good floor, with the opposite filly profitable at Ascot within the smooth floor.”
Saeed bin Suroor has entered the enhancing Actual World in each the QEII and Champion Stakes.
He mentioned: “Actual World may properly run on Champions Day.
“He is good and he is prepared for a Group One, however first he will run within the Rose of Lancaster at Haydock. He is an enormous, robust horse – and he is appeared good this 12 months.”
The British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes has attracted 40 entries – together with David Menuisier’s 2020 winner Fantastic Tonight, on track this 12 months for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe initially of October and one other additionally within the Champion Stakes, following two Group Two successes this summer time.
Her Sussex-based coach mentioned: “It was a tremendous day final 12 months when Fantastic Tonight received the Fillies & Mares.
“Ascot had been my nemesis till then – I would by no means had a winner there. It was a reduction too, as a result of she had run over a mile and 6 in a Group One in France solely two weeks earlier.
“She’s entered once more, and he or she’s additionally within the Qipco Champion Stakes, however I am not saying she’ll undoubtedly run.
“We’ve got to see what occurs at Longchamp first, but when she went to Ascot and the bottom was heavy we is perhaps tempted by the Champion Stakes. Why not – the prize-money is greater than twice as a lot.”
Dermot Weld has entered each his Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Tarnawa – who returns to motion at Leopardstown on Thursday – and twin Irish St Leger winner Search For A Track.
He mentioned of Tarnawa: “She’s being aimed on the Arc, however I’ve made provisional entries for her within the Fillies & Mares and the Champion Stakes – and we’ll see what occurs.”
O’Brien’s eight entries embody Joan of Arc, Love and Snowfall.
Alcohol Free is an eyecatching potential, again down in journey, for the Qipco British Champions Dash Stakes – wherein final 12 months’s winner Glen Shiel and Dragon Image, each for Archie Watson, are extra predictable contenders alongside Ed Walker’s July Cup winner Starman.
Balding mentioned of Alcohol Free: “Qipco British Champions Day may be very a lot on the agenda, and we all know the bottom will not be an issue to her there.
“I am maintaining all of the choices open, so I’ve entered her within the Champions Dash in addition to the QEII, on the idea that the mile may take a little bit of getting at the moment of 12 months.
“She received the Cheveley Park Stakes final 12 months, and I believe she’d journey properly sufficient for six nonetheless. She’s obtained that class too.”
Final 12 months’s Lengthy Distance Cup and subsequent Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan is considered one of 48 entries this time – together with the Gosdens’ nice stayer Stradivarius and Tony Mullins’ Princess Zoe.