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 at Ascot on Saturday.

With two Vintage winners already on the roll of honor within this Group 1 finale to the seven-race Fillies and Mares class, the 2019 renewal may observe a third join Dancing Rain and Simple Verse with 2 Oaks winners containing at a standout variant of this precious contest.
John Gosden has enjoyed a season due in no small part also its no surprise to see three runners attribute by Clarehaven headlined Anapurna, by both Oaks winners along with Star Catcher.
Star Catcher who lowered the colours of the race-rusty Anapurna at the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp but who will face a tougher task now against the winner of the Prix de Royallieu has been chosen for by his race president Frankie Dettori.
Throw in four Aidan runners, Ballydoyle are trying to finish 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 unheralded winner of the Epsom Oaks in June, the Classic winner of Gosden returned by a rest from the Vermeille to finish prior to getting her season back on course in the Group 1 Prix Royallieu on Arc weekend well beaten.
Given a race ride from front under Dettori she left all, showing guts and tenacity to continue in soft states within the excursion.
Stamina will soon be a beneficial asset come Saturday on similar forecast ground. Yet, reports of her having gone in her coat and also the fact Frankie dominates enthusiasm could be tempered by her.
A lightly-raced three-year-old in the stable of 2015 winner Simple Verse, this girl of Lope De Vega lost her unbeaten juvenile album when fracturing a pastern at the Fillies Mile however revealed she retained all her ability when coming with an impressive win at Listed level at Newbury at June.
Touted for the Oaks before being withdrawn on account of the ground that was quick, she has not yet been seen since. Her ability to take care of conditions, combined with reports of a racecourse gallop, mark her down as a contender.
Consistent performer that has mixed it at the highest degree to follow home Anapurna and Tarnawa this year, smart. Yet to win anything aside from her maiden, however, along with a step forward will be required to see her notch up another career victory.
Placings and early-season assert in equally Oaks were a disappointing season for Pink Dogwoods points. Questions after completing to answer now beaten in the Prix Vermeille and Prix de lOpera on begins.
The top light amongst John Gosden armoury of fillies, this daughter of Sea The Stars enhanced for the step up to 4f to stamp her authority to the very best of her creation in the Ribblesdale and the Oaks.
Dettoris Option added her haul and the Prix Vermeille for the season last time and having proved endurance, her health and ability to handle states that were soft she should prove a hard nut to crack for possible rivals
This race was won by dermot Weld from 2012 using Sapphire and the daughter of sire-of-the-season Shamardal attempts to repeat the accomplishment having won the Group 3 Give Due Stakes at Cork.
Things didnt go right for her on her only other trip to the UK but with had a mid-summer break she has won her last 2, proving her versatility over a variety of trips in the process and on any floor. Shes a real, persistent filly who may spend the step required to take this for her master trainer.
The race does not lack for strength in depth and we ought to be in for an exciting renewal of this event for fillies and mares. Whilst it is difficult to discover any chinks in the impressive armoury of favorite Star Catcher, in the event the likely bottomless conditions materialise it might be worthwhile siding with the fresh, unexposed ANTONIA DE VEGA who will relish the floor and could hand the wise Ralph Beckett get his name on the roster of honor for another time.

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