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British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes - Form Comments

16/10/2015

British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes - Form Comments

G1 - 2400m – Turf

1

Lady Tiana

The softer the ground the better for Lady Tiana who upgraded from her handicap victories when landing a G2 over 2382m at Haydock in July especially good as she had to move wide to get into a challenging position. However she was never able to get into a challenging position at the Curragh on her only subsequent start.

2

Madame Chiang

She galloped on relentlessly to win this G1 cracker last year, despite being very reluctant to enter the stalls beforehand. She so far hasn't lived up to that excellent performance in three starts this season, doing best in G1 company here at Ascot in July. Perhaps this track will again see her at her best.

3

Tapestry

Will be amongst the favourites here despite having made no impression in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe a few weeks ago. However on her only previous 2015 start she had run a fine second in a G2 at the Curragh and she would probably have won that 2000m event with a bit further to travel. She was a G1 winner over this distance last season.

4

Arabian Queen

She is the only horse to have beaten Golden Horn, Europe's leading three-year-old and superb winner of the Arc a few weeks ago. That came in G1 company at York in August when Golden Horn raced too freely and Arabian Queen was given a superb front-running ride. However she was well beaten in a G1 at Longchamp last month so she again has something to prove.

5

Beautiful Romance

A lightly raced filly who has won two of her five starts including a decisive Listed race victory at Windsor in August. She has had this race on her agenda for some time even though she didn't make much of an impact in her first G1 task when well behind Treve in the G1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp last month. She wants soft ground.

6

Bocca Baciata

Her three wins have all come on a soft surface, essential requirements for this filly. She was certainly very impressive when swooping from the back to win an 1800m G3 at the Curragh  but was a shade disappointing when favourite for a G2 back at the same track last time. This Irish-trained filly tries a longer trip this time.

7

Candarliya

A terrific filly - the winner of five of her nine starts - and she fought off a late challenge up the Longchamp straight to win a G2 over slightly further than this earlier this month. She has a great attitude and, if she can maintain her form after what has been a busy campaign, her class will give her a decent chance.

8

Covert Love

Not only does she continue to improve but she is super tough, often looking beaten and then rallying to win. That was the case when simulcast viewers in Hong Kong would have seen her lead in a prestigious G1 over 2000m at Longchamp this month only to fight back against the rails and grab the money. She is just as good over this longer journey, and a similar performance would give her every chance.

9

Journey

A highly-strung filly who her trainer was also doubtful of running here fearful that the ground would be too soft. However it might be just OK for her and she has certainly been progressing nicely, winning her last two starts - both at Listed level - with great ease. She is now proven at this distance but Frankie Dettori will need to get her relaxed early on.

10

Sea Calisi

A very smart filly at around this distance, having won a G2 at Saint-Cloud in June and then when a close third in a G1 at York, a race she might have won had she been ridden a shade closer to the pace. Didn't have a hope against  Treve in a G1 at Longchamp last month when that mighty mare was on her top game, but this will be a bit easier.

11

Simple Verse

A fast improving and tough filly who moved from handicap success three starts back to a G3 victory on her penultimate start before winning the St Leger the final Classic of the British season. She fought really hard there and, though demoted by the Stewards on the day for interference, famously got the race back on appeal. Those last two victories did come over further than this and supporters will want to see a strong pace to bring her stamina into play.

12

Speedy Boarding

Lightly campaigned but facts and figures suggest that she has improved race by race most recently when making a classy filly work really hard for the money in Listed class over 2021m at Yarmouth. However there must be stamina worries as she didn't appear to quite last home on her only venture over this distance.

 

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