June 18 / 14.30 Ascot

14.30

Good To Firm

Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £425325
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
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Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 33-112 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft, unraced on firmer than good; finished third in the St James's Palace Stakes on this card last year; better than ever this term, winning Doncaster Listed event and Sandown Group 2 then clear second behind Audience in the Lockinge at Newbury; likely to reverse those placings over this stiffer 1m; now 0-6 in Group 1 races but warrants respect in current form.
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1st

5

(9)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

in touch with leaders, good headway from over 3f out, pushed along to lead under 2f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, readily

3/1

2nd

3

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

Acts on soft; ran respectably in top 1m races won by Paddington last season; 2-2 this term, readily winning the Doncaster Mile (Listed) then coming with a late surge to beat Poker Face in the bet365 Mile at Sandown (Group 2); better than ever as a 4yo and may well improve further; major player.

9/2

2nd

3

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

Acts on soft; ran respectably in top 1m races won by Paddington last season; 2-2 this term, readily winning the Doncaster Mile (Listed) then coming with a late surge to beat Poker Face in the bet365 Mile at Sandown (Group 2); better than ever as a 4yo and may well improve further; major player.

9/2

14/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 163-22 CD BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Acts on any ground; consistent sort (unplaced just once in nine starts); has form figures of 1132 over C&D, notably a success in the 2023 Britannia Handicap and neck second in Listed race on penultimate outing (similar effort in France latest); faces a stiffer task upped to Group 1 level but the Ascot factor gives major cause for optimism; each-way possibilities.
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2nd

6

(6)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Docklands

9st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Acts on any ground; consistent sort (unplaced just once in nine starts); has form figures of 1132 over C&D, notably a success in the 2023 Britannia Handicap and neck second in Listed race on penultimate outing (similar effort in France latest); faces a stiffer task upped to Group 1 level but the Ascot factor gives major cause for optimism; each-way possibilities.

14/1

2nd

1

(5)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Docklands

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Harry Eustace

Held up lately; hat-trick last April-June included two C&D handicaps, latter the Britannia at Royal meeting (good to firm); no impact in Group 3 at Goodwood but good third of 20 back in a top C&D handicap (soft) in October and looks capable of further progress; not top on form but he's highly respected.

3/1

2nd

1

(5)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Docklands

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Harry Eustace

Held up lately; hat-trick last April-June included two C&D handicaps, latter the Britannia at Royal meeting (good to firm); no impact in Group 3 at Goodwood but good third of 20 back in a top C&D handicap (soft) in October and looks capable of further progress; not top on form but he's highly respected.

3/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.85

Form: 14/5-3 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Unraced on soft/heavy; very progressive 2022 campaign featured a success in the German 2,000 Guineas and unlucky fourth (would have won with a clearer run) in the St James's Palace Stakes on good to firm here; seen only twice since and needs to prove he retains peak ability but his C&D effort (one place behind Docklands) seven weeks ago wasn't devoid of promise; not written off.
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3rd

11

(13)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Maljoom

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Unraced on soft/heavy; very progressive 2022 campaign featured a success in the German 2,000 Guineas and unlucky fourth (would have won with a clearer run) in the St James's Palace Stakes on good to firm here; seen only twice since and needs to prove he retains peak ability but his C&D effort (one place behind Docklands) seven weeks ago wasn't devoid of promise; not written off.

9/1

3rd

4

(1)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Maljoom

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Won his first three career starts in spring 2022 and he was bang there, not getting best of runs, when fourth in the Group 1 St James's Palace at Royal Ascot (1m) that June; the clear pick on the latter form but unraced on softer than good and had only one race last term, when well below form in Group 2 at Newmarket in September; entered in next month's Group 1 Lockinge and it will be interesting to see his market strength.

2/1

3rd

4

(1)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Maljoom

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Won his first three career starts in spring 2022 and he was bang there, not getting best of runs, when fourth in the Group 1 St James's Palace at Royal Ascot (1m) that June; the clear pick on the latter form but unraced on softer than good and had only one race last term, when well below form in Group 2 at Newmarket in September; entered in next month's Group 1 Lockinge and it will be interesting to see his market strength.

2/1

25/1

Form: 0-5339 C BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Successful over 7f at Royal Ascot (handicap) and Newbury (Group 2) last term; kept on for third, albeit no match for first two, in the Lockinge on most recent 1m attempt; disappointing favourite back down in trip/class at Haydock since but has frame possibilities granted a rebound; the likely strong pace will suit this hold-up runner.
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3rd

6

(3)

29th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Witch Hunter

9st 8lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Hold-up performer who was successful over 7f at Royal Ascot (handicap) and Newbury (Group 2) last term; bounced back quickly from a below-par effort behind Tiber Flow and Pogo at Haydock when 6l fourth off 13 to Charyn in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot (1m, good to firm) last week.

8/1

4th

14

(4)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Witch Hunter

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Successful over 7f at Royal Ascot (handicap) and Newbury (Group 2) last term; kept on for third, albeit no match for first two, in the Lockinge on most recent 1m attempt; disappointing favourite back down in trip/class at Haydock since but has frame possibilities granted a rebound; the likely strong pace will suit this hold-up runner.

25/1

Form: 6223-1 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft and good to firm; front-runner who was not for catching in this year's Lockinge at Newbury on first attempt beyond 7f, having ploughed his own furrow up the centre; however, needs to prove it wasn't a fluke and may struggle to repeat the all-the-way feat over this stiffer 1m, especially if the luxury of another uncontested lead doesn't materialise.
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5th

1

(14)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Audience

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Acts on soft and good to firm; front-runner who was not for catching in this year's Lockinge at Newbury on first attempt beyond 7f, having ploughed his own furrow up the centre; however, needs to prove it wasn't a fluke and may struggle to repeat the all-the-way feat over this stiffer 1m, especially if the luxury of another uncontested lead doesn't materialise.

13/2

1st

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Audience

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Stablemate of Inspiral; front-runner; performed well in a few major 7f contests last season, winning once and runner-up twice; however, has enough to prove on first crack at 1m and first attempt at Group 1 level.

50/1

1st

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Audience

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Stablemate of Inspiral; front-runner; performed well in a few major 7f contests last season, winning once and runner-up twice; however, has enough to prove on first crack at 1m and first attempt at Group 1 level.

50/1

Form: 3232-1 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Versatile ground-wise; French gelding who has form figures of 32321 since upped to Group 1 level; finished second to Big Rock in last year's QEII over C&D, then went one better in the Dubai Turf at Meydan (1m1f; held on narrowly) in March; could well build on that reappearance win and improve further; sire Ribchester won this race seven years ago (in course record time); very solid claims.
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6th

8

(7)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Facteur Cheval

9st 2lb

J: Maxime Guyon

T: J Reynier

Versatile ground-wise; French gelding who has form figures of 32321 since upped to Group 1 level; finished second to Big Rock in last year's QEII over C&D, then went one better in the Dubai Turf at Meydan (1m1f; held on narrowly) in March; could well build on that reappearance win and improve further; sire Ribchester won this race seven years ago (in course record time); very solid claims.

3/1

2nd

3

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Facteur Cheval

9st 6lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: J Reynier

took keen hold, prominent, steadied into midfield after 1f, in rear 5f out, switched left and headway over 2f out, went third over 1f out, no chance with winner but went second towards finish

14/1

2nd

3

(5)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Facteur Cheval

9st 10lb

J: Maxime Guyon

T: J Reynier

bumped start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along when short of room and switched right 2f out, went second over 1f out, pressed winner but hung right inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

16/1

14/1

Form: /11134

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
French gelding who has done all his winning in maiden/conditions races (turf/AW); however, ran well in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp (1m1f, soft; close fourth) upped to Group 1 level most recently; inferior to his compatriots Big Rock and Facteur Cheval on ratings but promises to do better still, being steadily progressive.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

7

(5)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Dolayli

9st 2lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: F-H Graffard

French gelding who has done all his winning in maiden/conditions races (turf/AW); however, ran well in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp (1m1f, soft; close fourth) upped to Group 1 level most recently; inferior to his compatriots Big Rock and Facteur Cheval on ratings but promises to do better still, being steadily progressive.

14/1

50/1

Form: 30-202 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Good second in last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas when trained by Aidan O'Brien; however, has failed to repeat that form, most recently runner-up in Leopardstown Listed event (1m1f, good) on debut for new yard; stiff task returned to Group 1 level.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(1)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Cairo

9st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Good second in last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas when trained by Aidan O'Brien; however, has failed to repeat that form, most recently runner-up in Leopardstown Listed event (1m1f, good) on debut for new yard; stiff task returned to Group 1 level.

50/1

2nd

2

(5)

6th Jun 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

18:30 Leopardstown

Cairo

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway when bit short of room and bumped rival over 2f out, keeping on when ridden over 1f out, went second but no chance with winner inside final 110yds

11/4

Form: 11-197 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Well-travelled gelding who has won good races in France, Germany, Italy and Qatar; however, needs a drop back in class judged on Group 1 defeats at Sha Tin and Longchamp the last twice; something to prove at this level.
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9th

3

(8)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Brave Emperor

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Well-travelled gelding who has won good races in France, Germany, Italy and Qatar; however, needs a drop back in class judged on Group 1 defeats at Sha Tin and Longchamp the last twice; something to prove at this level.

40/1

15th

1

(3)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Brave Emperor

9st 6lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Made all in German Group 3 (8.5f, good to soft) in April and creditable third in Swedish Group 3 (1m1f, good) next time; however, he's untested at this trip and there's the suspicion he's vulnerable under a 4lb penalty.

25/1

2nd

3

(3)

1st Apr 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Brave Emperor

9st 7lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

First past the post in his last six outings, the last two in blinkers; landed a Listed race at Cagnes-Sur-Mer (1m, Polytrack) in February before battling on most gamely to just get the better of Alzahir in a similar contest to this at Kempton (1m, Polytrack) 17 days ago; a few of these may be open to a bit more progress than him, but still hard to rule out.

5/1

Form: 2221-6 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
French colt whose form dipped in the Lockinge on stable/seasonal debut, having been unable to dominate in his usual manner (Audience had the overall lead); progressive otherwise and may rebound with that reappearance under his belt; top rated on his peak performance, namely a 6l success in soft-ground QEII over C&D last October (final start for Christopher Head).
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10th

2

(3)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Big Rock

9st 2lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: Maurizio Guarnieri

French colt whose form dipped in the Lockinge on stable/seasonal debut, having been unable to dominate in his usual manner (Audience had the overall lead); progressive otherwise and may rebound with that reappearance under his belt; top rated on his peak performance, namely a 6l success in soft-ground QEII over C&D last October (final start for Christopher Head).

5/1

6th

2

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Big Rock

9st 2lb

J: Aurelien Lemaitre

T: Maurizio Guarnieri

Front-running French colt who did well last year for Christopher Head and ties in closely with Inspiral on Marois running; unchallenged in soft-ground QEII at Ascot on final start, winning by 6l having raced in clear lead from an early stage; impressive new rating puts him top in this field.

2/1

6th

2

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Big Rock

9st 2lb

J: Aurelien Lemaitre

T: Maurizio Guarnieri

Front-running French colt who did well last year for Christopher Head and ties in closely with Inspiral on Marois running; unchallenged in soft-ground QEII at Ascot on final start, winning by 6l having raced in clear lead from an early stage; impressive new rating puts him top in this field.

2/1

11th
10 (10)
Hi Royal

25/1

Form: 990-35 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Still hasn't added to his 2yo novice win; placed in the 2,000 Guineas and Irish equivalent last season but far from consistent since; midfield (never dangerous) in the Lockinge most recently; chance depends on how well he responds to new headgear (blinkers replace cheekpieces).
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

10

(10)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Still hasn't added to his 2yo novice win; placed in the 2,000 Guineas and Irish equivalent last season but far from consistent since; midfield (never dangerous) in the Lockinge most recently; chance depends on how well he responds to new headgear (blinkers replace cheekpieces).

25/1

5th

6

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Big-priced second in last year's 2,000 Guineas but his form tailed off, including twice in cheekpieces, later in 2023; needs to build on Newmarket reappearance effort (placed in Group 3); headgear reapplied.

40/1

5th

6

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Big-priced second in last year's 2,000 Guineas but his form tailed off, including twice in cheekpieces, later in 2023; needs to build on Newmarket reappearance effort (placed in Group 3); headgear reapplied.

40/1

50/1

Form: 231-05 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Ran creditably in Group 3 at Haydock (7f, good) ten days ago when carrying a 5lb penalty for his Irish Group 2 win (1m, good) last September; soundly beaten in both Group 1 attempts, latest in this year's Lockinge; something to prove.
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12th

9

(12)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Flight Plan

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Ran creditably in Group 3 at Haydock (7f, good) ten days ago when carrying a 5lb penalty for his Irish Group 2 win (1m, good) last September; soundly beaten in both Group 1 attempts, latest in this year's Lockinge; something to prove.

50/1

5th

1

(8)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Flight Plan

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Tailed off in the Group 1 Lockinge on reappearance and faces no easy task today under a 5lb penalty; however, he may have needed his comeback run and is entitled to respect in view of his front-running win in the Group 2 Dullingham Park Stakes at Leopardstown (1m, good) last September.

15/2

10th

5

(8)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Flight Plan

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Close second to Poker Face at Pontefract last July; made all in Group 2 at Leopardstown (1m, good) on final start and may progress further this term; however, looks unlikely to get an easy lead in this field.

25/1

Form: 112-27 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Solid record over 1m until comfortably held in good-ground Lockinge on first Group 1 attempt; possibly not up to this level but may rebound granted ideal conditions, namely softer than good; his other races at this trip comprise five wins and two seconds, including a good effort behind Charyn at Sandown in April.
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12

(11)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Poker Face

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Solid record over 1m until comfortably held in good-ground Lockinge on first Group 1 attempt; possibly not up to this level but may rebound granted ideal conditions, namely softer than good; his other races at this trip comprise five wins and two seconds, including a good effort behind Charyn at Sandown in April.

25/1

7th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Poker Face

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Acts on soft; has form figures of 1111122 over 1m, including two Group wins in France; closely matched with Charyn on Sandown running last month (gets 3lb pull with that rival); the cheekpieces applied that day are retained; generally progressive and again holds solid claims.

13/2

7th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Poker Face

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Acts on soft; has form figures of 1111122 over 1m, including two Group wins in France; closely matched with Charyn on Sandown running last month (gets 3lb pull with that rival); the cheekpieces applied that day are retained; generally progressive and again holds solid claims.

13/2

Non-runners

Royal Scotsman

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £37.00
Straight Forecast £34.26
Tricast £243.89
Trifecta £202.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Facteur Cheval

RP RATINGS:

Big Rock

Telegraph:

Docklands

Daily Mail:

Maljoom

NEWMARKET:

Charyn

D Express:

Dolayli

The Times:

Royal Scotsman

POSTDATA:

Audience

TOPSPEED:

Big Rock

The Guardian:

Docklands

Daily Mirror:

Facteur Cheval

Daily Record:

Facteur Cheval

The Star:

Maljoom

The Sun:

Charyn