Gina Bryce previews the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot

Sky Sports Writers Gina Bryce gives her verdict on the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

With two Vintage winners already on the roll of honor inside this Group 1 finale to the seven-race Fillies and Mares class, the 2019 renewal could see a third join Dancing Rain and Straightforward Verse with two Oaks winners containing at a standout edition of the precious competition.
John Gosden has enjoyed a stellar year thanks in no small part to the embarrassment of wealth in the fillies and mares department and its no real surprise to see three runners feature by Clarehaven headlined Anapurna, by his two Oaks winners and Star Catcher.
His race ally Frankie Dettori has opted for Star Catcher who lowered the colors of the race-rusty Anapurna in the Prix Vermeille in Longchamp but who will face a harder task now against the following winner of the Prix de Royallieu.
Throw in four Aidan OBrien-trained runners, Ballydoyle are seeking to complete the hat-trick in the race, and an unexposed mud-loving wildcard at Antonia De Vega and the race is shaping up to be an absolute cracker.
An winner of the Epsom Oaks in June, Gosdens Classic winner returned to complete prior to getting her period back on track in the Group 1 Prix Royallieu on Arc weekend well conquered.
Provided a race ride from the front underneath Dettori she made all, revealing tenacity and guts to hold on in states within the excursion.
Stamina will be a asset come on forecast ground that is similar. Yet, reports of her having gone in her coat and also the fact Frankie overlooks her could temper enthusiasm.
A lightly-raced three-year-old from the steady of 2015 winner Simple Verse, this lady of Lope De Vega dropped her unbeaten juvenile album when fracturing a pastern in the Fillies Mile however revealed she kept all her ability when coming with an impressive win at The level at Newbury at June.
Touted before being pulled on account of the floor that was quick, she has not yet been seen since. Her ability to take care of states, combined with accounts of a pleasing recent racecourse gallop, mark down her as a fascinating contender.
Smart, consistent performer who has blended it to follow home equally Tarnawa and Anapurna on several occasions this season. To acquire anything apart from her however, and also a step would be required to see up her notch another career success.
Promise and placings in both Oaks were the points of a time for Pink Dogwood. Questions after finishing to reply beaten on recent starts in the Prix Vermeille and Prix de lOpera.
The light amongst John Gosden armoury of three-year-old fillies, this lady of Ocean The Stars for the step up to 1m 4f to stamp her authority from the Ribblesdale and the Irish Oaks.
The choice of Dettori added her haul and the Prix Vermeille for the last time and with demonstrated ability, endurance and her wellbeing to handle conditions she needs to prove a tough nut to crack for potential rivals
This race was won by dermot Weld in 2012 using Sapphire and the daughter of Shamardal tries to repeat the feat having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork.
Things didnt go at the Oaks on her trip to the UK but with experienced a break she has won her last 2, demonstrating her versatility over a variety of excursions in the procedure and on any floor. Shes a genuine, consistent filly who could easily take the step required to take this for her ace trainer.
The race does not lack for strength in depth and we should be in for a thrilling renewal of this event for fillies and mares. Whilst its tough to locate any chinks in the striking armoury of favourite Star Catcher, if the probable bottomless conditions materialise it may be worth siding with the fresh, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA that will love the floor and could hand the wise Ralph Beckett receive his name on the roll of honour for another time.

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