14:30 Royal Ascot Tue 20 June 2017

  • Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Str) (Class 1)
  • 1m, Good to Firm (Good in places (Watered))
  • 16 Runners
  • Winner£388,464.002nd£147,275.003rd£73,706.004th£36,716.005th£18,426.006th£9,248.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed In

Winning time:1m 36.6sOff time:14:33:22
1
(16)
49-0OR: D
20/1
Winner of both of his most recent starts, including a Grade 1 at Keeneland last time. Fellow American Tepin took this last year but this colt's form looks a level below what is required here. Connections believe the straight mile could play to his strengths and jockey rides this course well, particularly the straight mile. Interesting runner but may fall short.
2
(7)
69-0OR: 112BFD
33/1
Has won a couple of Group races in his time but he's a rather inconsistent sort and not been at his best on a couple of starts this year. Has always fallen short at this level in the past and Moore prefers the claims of Deauville.
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3
(6)
49-0OR: 114
12/1
Grade 1 winner at Belmont last year and has been running well this campaign. Impressive winner of the Huxley Stakes at Chester last month before ground went against him at the Curragh on his latest outing. Likes to front run but not much chance of an easy lead here and probably better suited to a turning track.
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4
(2)
59-0OR: 116C
25/1
Proven to some extent at this level having placed in Group 1 company back in 2015 but not been seen since a disappointing effort in the Breeders' Cup and all his best form is over 7f. Buick prefers the claims of Ribchester.
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5
(5)
59-0OR: 88
200/1
Starts out for a new yard here and his first assignment would appear to be pacemaking duties for his owner's other runner. Well out of his depth in this company.
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6
(11)
49-0OR: 113BFD
16/1
Has been running well on the AW over the past couple of seasons and won a Listed contest at Kempton in impressive fashion towards the end of last year. Not at his best on AW Championships Finals Day when he was an unplaced short-priced favourite but showed he's equally as effective on turf over C&D last time when only narrowly denied in a Listed race. No doubt he needs plenty more but he's less exposed than most in here and trainer places his horses well. Each-way claims.
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7
(12)
69-0OR: 112
40/1
Not beaten far in an Italian Group 1 towards the end of last season but form a level or two below what is required here. Very consistent sort but he would need softer conditions to be seen at his best and hard to fancy with no rain forecast.
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8
(3)
69-0OR: 110D
66/1
Multiple European Group winner whose best effort came in an Italian Group 2 back in 2015. Needs to find a fair amount on form, even on his very best efforts and he was beaten in a handicap at Nottingham on second start for this yard from a mark of 109. Gets the services of Melbourne Cup winning jockey and would appear to be up against it on all known form.
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9
(8)
59-0OR: 114BFD
50/1
Bounced back to form in a Listed contest on the first day of the turf season at Doncaster but not quite in the same form on his latest two starts. Generally very consisitent and straightforward so should bounce back but this is his toughest test to date and a place is probably the best he can hope for.
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10
(14)
69-0OR: 120D
11/2
Excellent third behind Minding here on final start of 2016 on Champions Day but no match for Ribchester at Newbury last time. He beat the rest convincingly enough that day and he finished third in this last year. With the faster ground he'll encounter here likely to play to his strengths, he looks like a solid each-way player.
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11
(9)
69-0OR: 120CD
5/1
Getting better with age and finished an excellent third in the Juddmonte International when last seen on these shores behind Postponed. No match for last year's winner of this, Tepin, towards the end of 2016 in America but he ran a little below form at Meydan when last seen. Return to faster ground should help him here and he's a consistent sort. Ought to give another good account.
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12
(15)
49-0OR: 110D
33/1
Finished an excellent second in this year's Lincoln to start the season off and running consistently well since then, landing two of his four subsequent starts. Not beaten far in Group 3 company last time but needs a career best to even make the frame here.
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13
(1)
49-0OR: 125CD
11/10
Very consistent sort who landed a Group 1 win at Deauville towards the end of last season and followed that up with a close second to Minding on Champions Day. Came on for his comeback run at Meydan with a superb effort in the Lockinge last time out and could prove even better on faster ground. The one to beat.
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14
(10)
59-0OR: 110
150/1
In the Lockinge as a pacemaker last time out but missed the kick and finished tailed off. Hadn't previously shown any signs of sluggishness out of the stalls so likely to get away better this time for his stablemate. Should ensure there's a fast pace to aim at but likely to compromise his own chance in doing so.
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15
(4)
58-11OR: D
20/1
Starting to become a regular at this meeting and has run well here on both her previous attempts without managing to make the frame. Multiple Grade 1 winner in America but this race looks deeper than the fillies' contests tried on her previous two runs here and needs a career best to make the frame.
16
(13)
48-11OR:
50/1
Won a Group 3 in France towards the end of last season but not at her best in two starts this time around and would probably want soft ground to be seen at her best.
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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Ribchester (11/10), Mutakayyef (5/1), Lightning Spear (11/2), Deauville (12/1), Ennaadd (16/1), American Patriot (20/1), Miss Temple City (20/1), Dutch Connection (25/1), Cougar Mountain (33/1), Oh This Is Us (33/1), Jallota (40/1), Spectre (50/1), Kool Kompany (50/1), Kaspersky (66/1), Toscanini (150/1), Dutch Uncle (200/1)

Verdict

If RIBCHESTER turns up in the same form that saw him win the Lockinge last time out, he will be very tough to beat and he looks capable of landing his third Group 1 contest. Lightning Spear should improve for the return to faster ground and may get closer to the selection than he did in the Lockinge when finishing a creditable second. Deauville is another who will enjoy the faster ground but Mutakayyef is narrowly preferred for a place and he gives the impression we are yet to see the best of him, despite coming into this as a six-year-old.
  1. Ribchester
  2. Lightning Spear
  3. Mutakayyef

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