Saturday’s racing tips – 13/8 NAP the Star they all have to catch on Champions Day
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2:45pm Ascot (Inner) Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) 1m3½f
Anapurna secured her first victory since winning the Oaks out in Longchamp, staying on stoutly to win the Qatar Prix de Royallieu over an extended mile-and-three-quarter trip. Fleeting has been knocking on the door all season too, having run well to place in four high-profile Group Ones spanning three four different countries.
Both have, however, been defeated by STAR CATCHER (NAP) in recent weeks. John Gosden’s filly has gone from strength-to-strength since winning the Ribblesdale here at Royal Ascot and I can’t see anyone stopping her claiming a fourth Group One on the bounce at the weekend.
Following that Royal triumph, Anthony Oppenheimer stumped up the supplementary fee to throw his filly into the Irish Oaks. His faith was rewarded handsomely at the Curragh, as Frankie Dettori guided his mount to victory from the front, holding on to survive a late charge from Fleeting to secure her first Classic win.
After missing the break slightly, Frankie had to work a little harder than expected to find his way to the head of affairs in the Prix Vermeille. Despite that, Star Catcher was still strong enough to hold off all her rivals and seal a second-straight Group One win. The form of that race has been boosted by subsequent wins for Anapurna and Vila Marina. Frankie will be high on confidence having ridden Stradivarius in the race before and together, he and Star Catcher will take some stopping over this trip.