Star Catcher is a hot favorite to provide an Champions Day success in so many years to Anthony Oppenheimer when she bids to summit an excellent campaign.
The top owner-breeder has observed his colours carried from the Cracksman that was brilliant in the previous two renewals of the Champion Stakes to success – and will return to Ascot hopeful of further glory.
Founded by John Gosden, Star Catcher has won four of her five starts so far this year – by landing the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, the Irish Oaks at the Curragh and the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp completing a.
The girl of Sea The Stars is well fancied to add a Group One to her CV that weekend, however Oppenheimer is taking nothing for granted.
He explained:I hope shes got a good opportunity, but youve obtained the Oaks winner at there, who won a Group One final time, so it is no pushover.
I am told she worked really well earlier in the week. As it is on the main track, which will be helpful for 28, the floor is not likely to be soft on the interior course. She goes on the floor that is soft and good, but wouldnt need it thick.
She remains in training a year ago, so shell just operate if Mr Gosden is pleased with the ground.
It would be fantastic to have another winner on Champions Day. Let us see what happens.
Anapurna was off the track for over three months after her Classic success at Epsom and could only finish seventh supporting Star Catcher after falling traffic problems on her comeback run at the Vermeille.
But she revealed her true colors on her return to Paris when registering a clear-cut win.
Mark Weinfeld of owners Helena Springfield Ltd said:Its nice to be heading on the back of a triumph after what happened to her at the Vermeille. The Vermeille was a non-event for her, therefore that she did to rally back the time back in France.
What she revealed there was she manages soft earth very well and has a lot of endurance, so that is not a concern, but what might be is that she is coming back quite quickly.
She did have a mid-summer break, however.
Gosden includes a third string on his bow in Sparkle Roll.
That this trophy has been maintained by aidan OBrien with Hydrangea and Magical respectively.
This season the Ballydoyle handler establishes a four-pronged assault, together with Fleeting (Donnacha OBrien) and Delphinia (Seamie Heffernan) seemingly his two main contenders, before South Sea Pearl (Sean Levey) and Pink Dogwood (Pierre-Charles Boudot).
OBrien explained:The two Fleeting along with Delphina were second in Group Ones in their last starts. Its pretty incredible that Fleeting has not won one yet. Shes in good form and ran a terrific race at Longchamp (second in Prix de lOpera). She seems, although we havent done much since.
Delphina also conducted a terrific race at Longchamp the last day (next to Anapurna) over just a small bit farther, but she seems to be in great shape too.
We are a tiny bit lost with Pink Dogwood and we cant put our hands on why her form has gone backwards, but shes working well and was second in the Oaks.
Few trainers have their series in better shape than Ralph Beckett, that saddles Antonia De Vega. The three-year-old has not been seen in action since asserting a Listed trophy.
She did a wonderful bit of work in Kempton a week and we think she is ready, said Beckett.
The ground will probably be right up her street – it couldnt rain enough to her.
Im hopeful shell run well. The attraction (10) isnt ideal, but we cant help that.
Shes very under-raced and Im hopeful there is somewhat more to come. She moves nice and fresh.
Beckett had five winners last Saturday, and added:We had a tricky spring, it wasnt going well and we struck a bit of a blip in July when they were not running nicely. Saturday gave us all a joy and it is always a fantastic idea to finish your season off
The William Haggas-trained Klassique is an outsider that is interesting, with just once finished in 10 starts.
She had been last seen placing third in a Group 2 in Deauville in August.
Klassique conducted well in France last time, but was somewhat flat. She adores the soft and so we deliberately put her away, said Haggas.
Shes an outsider and has got a bit to find online form. If she can complete in the first four, then we will be delighted.
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