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 at Ascot on Saturday.

With two Classic winners on the roster of honor in this Group 1 finale into the seven-race Fillies and Mares category, the 2019 renewal could see a third join Dancing Rain and Simple Verse with two Oaks winners comprising at a standout variant of the valuable contest.
John Gosden has enjoyed a season due in no small part to this embarrassment of riches in the fillies and mares department also it is no surprise to see three athletes feature by Clarehaven headlined Star Catcher, Anapurna along with by both Oaks winners.
Star Catcher who reduced the colours of the race-rusty Anapurna in the Prix Vermeille in Longchamp but that will face a tougher task now against the winner of the Prix de Royallieu has been chosen for by his race ally Frankie Dettori.
Twist in four Aidan runners, Ballydoyle are trying to finish the hat-trick from the race, and an unexposed wildcard at Antonia De Vega and the race is shaping up to be an absolute cracker.
An winner of the Epsom Oaks at June, the Vintage winner of Gosden returned from a rest in the Vermeille to finish before putting her back on track in the Group 1 Prix Royallieu on Arc weekend well conquered.
Given a race ride in front underneath Dettori she left all, revealing tenacity and guts to continue in quite soft conditions over the excursion.
Stamina will soon be a practical asset come Saturday on comparable forecast ground. Nevertheless, reports of her in her coat and the fact Frankie dominates enthusiasm could be tempered by her.
A lightly-raced three-year-old from the stable of 2015 winner Simple Verse, this daughter of Lope De Vega lost her unbeaten juvenile record when fracturing a pastern from the Fillies Mile but revealed she retained all her skill when returning with an impressive win at The level at Newbury in June.
Prior to being pulled due to the quick ground, touted for its Oaks, she has not been seen since. Her capacity to manage bottomless conditions, coupled with reports of a satisfying recent racecourse gallop, mark down her as a contender.
Smart, constant performer who has blended it at the level to follow home Anapurna and Tarnawa on several occasions this season. Yet to acquire anything aside from her maiden and a step ahead would be required to see a second career success is notched up by her.
Early-season assert and placings in equally Oaks were the high points of a season for Pink Dogwood. Questions after completing to answer beaten in both the Prix Vermeille and Prix de lOpera on recent begins.
The light among John Gosden armoury of three-year-old fillies, this girl of Ocean The Stars improved for the measure up to 4f to stamp her authority on the best of her generation in the Oaks and the Ribblesdale.
Dettoris Selection additional the Prix Vermeille for her haul last time and with proved endurance both her wellbeing and ability to handle states she should prove a tough nut to crack for potential rivals
Dermot Weld won this race from 2012 using Sapphire and this daughter of sire-of-the-season Shamardal attempts to repeat the effort having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork.
Things did not go on her other trip to the UK but with experienced a break she has won her last two, demonstrating her versatility over a variety of trips in the process and on any ground. Shes a genuine, constant filly who might spend the step ahead required to choose this for her ace trainer.
The race doesnt lack for strength in depth and we ought to be in for a thrilling renewal of the showpiece event for mares and fillies. Whilst it is difficult to discover any chinks in the remarkable armoury of favorite Star Catcher, if the likely bottomless conditions materialise it may be worth siding with the brand new, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA who will relish the ground and could hand the wise Ralph Beckett receive his name on the roster of honor for another time.

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