14:30 Royal Ascot Tue 19 June 2018

  • Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Str) (Class 1)
  • 1m, Good to Firm
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£367,197.002nd£139,212.003rd£69,671.004th£34,706.005th£17,418.006th£8,741.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:1m 38.85sOff time:14:34:55
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1
(4)
49-0OR: 109BFC
33/1

Won a valuable handicap here in October and while he's not won since, he wasn't disgraced in the Lockinge last time when sixth of 14. Has a fair bit to find with the re-opposing winner and second though and propensity to miss the is break a worry.

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2
(11)
49-0OR: 118D
22/1

Highly progressive last year but well beaten here when well fancied on Champions' Day and too keen to do himself justice in the Lockinge last time. Has questions to answer at present and best form is on softer ground.

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3
(7)
49-0OR: 123C
11/4

Produced a career best performance to win the Dubai Turf in impressive fashion in March, a third Group success in four runs at Meydan this year. Won at this meeting last year and ought to be right there provided he copes with drop back to 1m.

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4
(12)
49-0OR: 112CD
20/1

Progressive sort who improved again to win a Group 3 at the Derby meeting when last seen. Has a bit to find on form but he deserves a shot at this level and yard are flying in recent weeks.

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5
(10)
59-0OR: 116BF
16/1

US Grade 1 winner as a three-year-old and placed in Group 1 company last year. Ensured a good gallop for re-opposing stablemate in the Lockinge and likely to be performing a similar role here but he may be able to hang on for a place.

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6
(5)
79-0OR: 120D
10/1

Produced a career best performance when just narrowly touched off in the Lockinge by Rhododendron. Will need a strong pace to aim at again but that's entirely possible and shouldn't be far away.

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7
(3)
69-0OR: 119C
12/1

Dual Group 1 winner and signed off his 2017 campaign with a smart effort in a Group 2 at Newmarket. Well beaten in the Lockinge when last seen though and it seems likely he's not quite as effective over 1m.

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8
(6)
59-0OR: 107BFCD
20/1

Progressive sort and C&D winner who returned with a fine effort in the Lincoln without being a match for the winner. There's a suspicion we're yet to see the best of him but he's unraced on ground this fast and has a fair bit to find at this level.

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9
(9)
59-0OR: 110BFD
66/1

Listed winner who won a valuable handicap at Meydan in February and only just touched off in Listed class at Windsor on his return. Tends to hold his form well but has plenty to find at this level.

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10
(1)
49-0OR: 119D
6/1

Produced a career best to win a Longchamp Group 1 last time, travelling well through the race and won going away. Fair to assume that wasn't the strongest Group 1 but the way he won was impressive and not one to rule out if he gets a pace to aim at.

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11
(8)
89-0OR: 111BFD
100/1

Not won since winning a Listed race in 2016. Placed in a Group 1 at Chantilly last year but he's hard to fancy on his form from this season, merely placed in a York handicap last time and he's down the order on jockey bookings.

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12
(2)
79-0OR: 116D
33/1

Ended a losing run in a Group 2 at Leopardstown in September and followed up with a career best in a Grade 1 at Keeneland. Below form in the Lockinge last time but he's effective on fast ground when delivered at the right time. Yard's first-string.

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13
(13)
49-0OR: 117D
11/1

American raider who gained a first Grade 1 success on return from an absence at Churchill Downs last time. Impressive effort having been carried wide off the bend and there's a fair chance that there's more to come this season. Interesting runner.

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14
(15)
59-0OR: 112D
40/1

Wouldn't appear to be the easiest to train and just seen twice last year. Well beaten on two most recent runs in Group 1 company and likely to struggle.

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15
(14)
48-11OR: 118D
10/3

Gained her third Group 1 success in the Lockinge last time out, holding on to deny Lightning Spear. This looks tougher but there's potentially more to come, she's ground versatile and she's the yard's first-string on jockey bookings. Should go well.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
1Ribchester49-011/10Full Result
T: R A FaheyJ: W Buick

Betting

Forecast

Benbatl (11/4), Rhododendron (10/3), Recoletos (6/1), Lightning Spear (10/1), Yoshida (11/1), Limato (12/1), Deauville (16/1), Lord Glitters (20/1), Century Dream (20/1), Beat The Bank (22/1), Accidental Agent (33/1), Suedois (33/1), Zonderland (40/1), Oh This Is Us (66/1), So Beloved (100/1)

Verdict

A wide-open renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes to kick off Royal Ascot and an intriguing mix of proven performers at this level from both the UK and abroad. There was plenty to like about BENBATL's win in a high-class renewal of the Dubai Turf and he's been allowed time to recover from that run; he should be primed for this. Both Yoshida and Recoletos are both fascinating international runners arriving on the back of Grade/Group 1 success last time out and Rhododendron couldn't be ruled out if she improves from her win in the Lockinge last time. Century Dream brings a different profile in to the race but it would be no surprise to see him play some sort of role.
  1. Benbatl
  2. Rhododendron
  3. Yoshida

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