This season’s British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes will be held at Ascot on Saturday October 15th. Ralph Beckett’s Simple Verse won the 2015 renewal and returns to defend her crown (though looks held, on current form). Let’s take a look at the horses that are heading this year’s betting…
Dermot Weld has his hands on another gem, it seems. She’s raced 3 times in 2016 and is unbeaten. Zhukova easily saw off Success Days, in the Listed Alleged Stakes and was then even more impressive when finishing 7.5 lengths ahead of Aidan O’Brien’s Pretty Perfect in the Blue Wind Stakes. US Army Ranger began the Enterprise Stakes as an odds-on favourite, but still finished behind this Fastnet Rock filly. She looks the one to beat.Bet on the 2016 Fillies & Mares Stakes Now
Aidan O’Brien’s 3-year-old has won 4 of her 5 races this year and connections can rightly point out that she was hampered badly in the Oaks. She immediately bounced back from that heavy defeat to win the Irish Oaks (ahead of Architecture) and the Yorkshire Oaks, in which stablemate Found was yet again the frustrated bridesmaid. Seventh Heaven should run a very big race.
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John Gosden’s Dubawi-sired filly faces a significant step-up in class, but looks progressive enough to go close. Unbeaten in 4 starts, she was extremely impressive when winning the Musidora Stakes and saw off a strong challenge from Roger Varian’s Nezwaah in the John Musker Stakes.
Others worth considering are Left Hand, Speedy Boarding, Journey and Endless Time. The likes of Somehow, Queen’s Trust, Highlands Queen, Furia Cruzada, Beautiful Romance and Bateel are also attracting each-way support.Bet on the 2016 Fillies & Mares Stakes Now
The Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes is one of the key encounters of British Champions Day. The race was established immediately after the Second World War and was originally known as the Princess Royal Stakes. Back then, the race took place in September.
It was given G3 status in 1971 and was promoted to G2 in 2008, when it was renamed as the Pride Stakes. G1 status was awarded in 2013. Famous winners include Snow Bride, Ouija Board and William Haggas’ Dancing Rain.
Lester Piggott enjoyed huge success in this race, winning on a record 8 occasions. John Dunlop trained 9 winners, while the Aga Khan has owned 4.
This year, a purse of £550,000 is on offer, with £327,858 going to winning connections. Make sure you don’t miss the 2016 British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes, as it is should be a real thriller!Bet on the 2016 Fillies & Mares Stakes Now