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5 15:40 Ascot 17th Oct 2020

Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1) (3YO plus)

1m 1f 212y Soft (Heavy in places)

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No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (11)
12-1121
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Addeybb (IRE) 28

ch g Pivotal - Bush Cat (Kingmambo)

CD G HG Cl
6 9-5 p
122

High-class sort who enjoyed a fantastic spell in Australia earlier this year, winning 2 Group 1s. Capitalised on drop in grade in listed event at Ayr last time and has a good record over C&D.

Has won ten races from 1m to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Ayr over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month, beating Lord Glitters by 3/4l. Has won 3 times this season.

High-class sort who enjoyed a fantastic spell in Australia earlier this year, winning 2 Group 1s. Capitalised on drop in grade in listed event at Ayr last time and has a good record over C&D.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 19 10 5 52.6%
Flat (Turf) 18 10 4 55.6%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 1 2 33.3%
C Course 5 2 2 40%
D Distance 11 5 5 45.5%
G Similar Going 13 7 3 53.9%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 6 3 3 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 11 4 4 36.4%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Tom Marquand 3 2 1 66.7%
T W J Haggas 19 10 5 52.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2 (8)
732322
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Desert Encounter (IRE) 8

b g Halling - La Chicana (Invincible Spirit)

C D G HG Cl
8 9-5 h
111

Rattled off a 4-timer to end last season, culminating in Group 1 Canadian International 12 months ago. Hard to knock consistency at Group/listed level in recent months but this is a bit beyond him.

Has won 12 races from 1m 2f to 1m 6f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Beaten 1/2l by Euchen Glen when second of 4 at 16-1 on his latest outing in the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York over 1m 4f (soft) earlier this month.

Rattled off a 4-timer to end last season, culminating in Group 1 Canadian International 12 months ago. Hard to knock consistency at Group/listed level in recent months but this is a bit beyond him.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 39 12 8 30.8%
Flat (Turf) 39 12 8 30.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 3 0 0 0%
C Course 6 1 0 16.7%
D Distance 9 1 2 11.1%
G Similar Going 14 3 2 21.4%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 29 7 6 24.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 26 6 5 23.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Jim Crowley 6 0 2 0%
T D M Simcock 39 12 8 30.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3 (3)
652113
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Extra Elusive 28

ch g Mastercraftsman - Nessina (Hennessy)

CD G Cl BF
5 9-5
115

Has struck up an excellent partnership with Hollie Doyle, defying a penalty for his Rose of Lancaster success in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor in August. Not discredited last time, but needs more.

Winner of five races from 1m to 1m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to soft and on the all-weather. Third of 4 behind Elarqam beaten 2 3/4l at 6-4fav on his latest outing in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes at Newbury over 1m 3f (good) last month. Has won at Windsor and Haydock this season.

Has struck up an excellent partnership with Hollie Doyle, defying a penalty for his Rose of Lancaster success in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor in August. Not discredited last time, but needs more.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 15 5 4 33.3%
Flat (Turf) 12 4 3 33.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 1 0%
C Course 2 0 1 0%
D Distance 11 3 4 27.3%
G Similar Going 4 2 0 50%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 12 5 3 41.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 11 2 3 18.2%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Hollie Doyle 3 2 0 66.7%
T R Charlton 15 5 4 33.3%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4 (2)
14-4335
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Japan 35

b c Galileo - Shastye (Danehill)

C D G Cl
4 9-5
121

Very smart 3-y-o, signing off that campaign by hitting the frame in the Arc. This season has been a let-down, though, and arrives with something to prove.

Winner of five races from 7f to 1m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Finished 7l behind Magical when fifth of 6 at 8-1 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown over 1m 2f (good) last month.

Very smart 3-y-o, signing off that campaign by hitting the frame in the Arc. This season has been a let-down, though, and arrives with something to prove.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 13 5 1 38.5%
Flat (Turf) 13 5 1 38.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 3 1 0 33.3%
D Distance 5 1 0 20%
G Similar Going 4 3 0 75%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 5 1 38.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 3 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J C T Keane 0 0 0 -
T A P O'Brien 13 5 1 38.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5 (7)
121-113
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Lord North (IRE) 59

b g Dubawi - Najoum (Giant's Causeway)

CD G Cl
4 9-5
123

Has progressed into a high-class performer, showing an impressive turn of foot to win Prince of Wales's earlier this year and not discredited in the Juddmonte International subsequently. Solid claims.

Winner of six races from 1m to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy and on the all-weather. Third of 5 behind Ghaiyyath beaten 4 1/2l at 4-1 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York over 1m 2f (good) in August. Has won at Ascot and Haydock this season.

Has progressed into a high-class performer, showing an impressive turn of foot to win Prince of Wales's earlier this year and not discredited in the Juddmonte International subsequently. Solid claims.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 10 6 2 60%
Flat (Turf) 9 5 2 55.6%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 3 1 2 33.3%
D Distance 4 3 0 75%
G Similar Going 4 3 1 75%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 6 2 60%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 5 3 0 60%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J James Doyle 2 1 0 50%
T J H M Gosden 10 6 2 60%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6 (10)
1/3-2683
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San Donato (IRE) 28

b c Lope De Vega - Boston Rocker (Acclamation)

C G Cl
4 9-5
113

Three wins over 6f at 2 yrs. Has looked as good as ever this term, but that still leaves him with a bit to find and he only just got home over this trip at Ayr behind Addeybb recently.

He has won three times at 6f on good to soft ground and on the all-weather, but last win was over two years ago. Third of 7 behind Addeybb beaten 3l at 12-1 on his latest outing at Ayr over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month.

Three wins over 6f at 2 yrs. Has looked as good as ever this term, but that still leaves him with a bit to find and he only just got home over this trip at Ayr behind Addeybb recently.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 10 3 3 30%
Flat (Turf) 9 2 3 22.2%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 0 1 0%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 5 2 1 40%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 3 3 30%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 6 1 1 16.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Andrea Atzeni 9 2 3 22.2%
T R Varian 10 3 3 30%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7 (1)
11-3311
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Skalleti (FR) 14

b g Kendargent - Skallet (Muhaymin)

D G Cl
5 9-5
116

Very smart type who arrives on the back of a convincing win in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp, so not written off for all this demands a career-best effort.

Has won 12 races from 1m to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to soft and on the all-weather. A winner at ParisLongchamp over 1m 2f (soft) earlier this month, beating Patrick Sarsfield by 1 1/4l.

Very smart type who arrives on the back of a convincing win in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp, so not written off for all this demands a career-best effort.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 14 11 1 78.6%
Flat (Turf) 9 7 1 77.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 8 7 0 87.5%
G Similar Going 6 3 1 50%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 14 11 1 78.6%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J P C Boudot 5 4 1 80%
T J Reynier 14 11 1 78.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8 (6)
51-1121
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Magical (IRE) 35

b m Galileo - Halfway To Heaven (Pivotal)

CD G Cl SR
5 9-2
121

High-class mare who won 3 times at Group 1 level last year and has added another three to her CV this season, looking as good as ever. Splendidly consistent/genuine and will take all the beating.

Has won 12 races from 7f to 1m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. A winner at 9-2 in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown over 1m 2f (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Ghaiyyath by 3/4l.

High-class mare who won 3 times at Group 1 level last year and has added another three to her CV this season, looking as good as ever. Splendidly consistent/genuine and will take all the beating.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 25 12 6 48%
Flat (Turf) 25 12 6 48%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 1 1 50%
C Course 3 2 1 66.7%
D Distance 11 8 3 72.7%
G Similar Going 10 6 2 60%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 24 12 6 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 20 11 5 55%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J R L Moore 17 6 6 35.3%
T A P O'Brien 25 12 6 48%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9 (9)
31-2111
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Mishriff (IRE) 63

b c Make Believe - Contradict (Raven's Pass)

D G Cl
3 9-1
121

Has taken off this season and landed a hat-trick in most impressive fashion in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville a couple of months ago. Open to further progress and primed for a big run.

He has won four times from 1m to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. A winner in the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano Stakes at Deauville over 1m 2f in August, beating The Summit by 4 1/2l. Has won 3 times this season.

Has taken off this season and landed a hat-trick in most impressive fashion in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville a couple of months ago. Open to further progress and primed for a big run.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 7 4 2 57.1%
Flat (Turf) 6 4 1 66.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 3 3 0 100%
G Similar Going 5 3 1 60%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 4 2 57.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J L Dettori 2 1 1 50%
T J H M Gosden 7 4 2 57.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10 (4)
7-21013
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Pyledriver 35

b c Harbour Watch - La Pyle (Le Havre)

C D G Cl
3 9-1
119

Impressive winner of the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur, and ran with credit to finish third in the St Leger. Not ruled out back down in trip.

He has won four times from 7f to 1m 4f on ground varying from firm to soft. Third of 11 behind Galileo Chrome beaten 1 1/4l at 9-2 on his latest outing in the Group 1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster over 1m 6f (good) last month. Has won at York and Ascot this season.

Impressive winner of the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur, and ran with credit to finish third in the St Leger. Not ruled out back down in trip.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 9 4 2 44.4%
Flat (Turf) 8 4 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 1 0 100%
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 3 2 0 66.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 9 4 2 44.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 8 3 2 37.5%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J M Dwyer 8 3 2 37.5%
T W R Muir 9 4 2 44.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11 (5)
0-5114
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Serpentine (IRE) 34

ch c Galileo - Remember When (Danehill Dancer)

D HG Cl
3 9-1 p
120

Made all under a cracking ride in the Derby but hung right and not so good in the Grand Prix de Paris over at Longchamp last month. Still lightly raced and may get back on the up.

Successful at 1m 2f and 1m 4f on good ground. Finished 4 1/2l behind Mogul when fourth of 10 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp over 1m 4f (good) last month. Has won at Epsom and Curragh this season.

Made all under a cracking ride in the Derby but hung right and not so good in the Grand Prix de Paris over at Longchamp last month. Still lightly raced and may get back on the up.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Flat Races 5 2 0 40%
Flat (Turf) 5 2 0 40%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
Similar Going 2 0 0 0%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 3 2 0 66.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J W Buick 0 0 0 -
T A P O'Brien 5 2 0 40%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

At The Races Verdict

MAGICAL landed this contest for Aidan O'Brien 12 months ago and her form in the interim, which includes her last-time-out beating of Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes last month, suggests she's the one they all have to beat once again. Addeybb was second to the selection in last season's renewal, has his ideal ground and could put up plenty of resistance, though the main danger this time may turn out to be Mishriff, who won comfortably on heavy ground in a French Group 2 latest and receives a weight-for-age allowance. St Leger third Pyledriver has enjoyed a superb season and could turn the tables on his Derby conqueror Serpentine if the latter isn't afforded a soft lead this time. French raider Skalleti is also respected, given the forecast conditions, as he beat subsequent Arc de Triomphe hero Sottsass on heavy ground at Deauville in August (albeit that rival was subsequently held by Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes).

Timeform Verdict

MAGICAL has the best form and hardly ever puts a foot wrong, so she's difficult to oppose as she bids to go back-to-back in this event. Lord North quickened up smartly to land the Prince of Wales's Stakes in June, so he's feared along with Addeybb, who has a terrific record when there's cut in the ground.

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Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2019 Soft 9 Magical 8 4 9 2 - 122215 13 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) Donnacha O'Brien EVENS 2:08.42
2018 Soft 8 Cracksman 8 4 9 5 - 111-112 122 days J Gosden (88 miles) Frankie Dettori 5/ 6 2:08.79
2017 Soft 10 Cracksman 4 3 9 1 - 1-13211 41 days J Gosden (88 miles) Frankie Dettori 13/ 8 2:11.75
2016 Good 10 Almanzor 1 3 9 0 - 7-31111 35 days J C Rouget Christophe Soumillon 11/ 8 2:05.94
2015 Good to Soft 13 Fascinating Rock 7 4 9 5 - 5-11251 35 days D K Weld (266 miles) P J Smullen 10/ 1 2:06.31
2014 Heavy 9 Noble Mission 5 5 9 5 - 211112 83 days Lady Jane Cecil (88 miles) James Doyle 7/ 1 2:11.23
2013 Soft 10 Farhh 5 5 9 3 - 32222-1 154 days S bin Suroor (88 miles) Silvestre De Sousa 11/ 4 2:12.02
2012 Soft 6 Frankel 3 4 9 3 - 11-1111 59 days Sir H Cecil (88 miles) Tom Queally 2/ 11 2:10.22
2011 Good 12 Cirrus Des Aigles 1 5 9 3 - 121112 14 days Mme C Barbe Christophe Soumillon 12/ 1 2:02.52
2010 Good to Soft 10 Twice Over 7 5 9 3 - 3-02123 42 days Sir H Cecil (88 miles) Tom Queally 7/ 2 2:08.54
2009 Good 14 Twice Over 8 4 9 3 - 334711 24 days Sir H Cecil (88 miles) Tom Queally 14/ 1 2:01.31
2008 Good 11 New Approach 10 3 8 12 - 1-22131 41 days J S Bolger (343 miles) K J Manning 6/ 5 2:00.13
2007 Good to Soft 12 Literato 5 3 8 12 - 1-21211 28 days J C Rouget C Lemaire 7/ 2 2:04.24
2006 Good to Soft 40 Pride 6 9 0 - 2-41132 13 days A de Royer-Dupre C Lemaire 7/ 2 2:06.81
2005 Good to Soft 15 David Junior 13 3 8 11 - 011721 34 days B Meehan (54 miles) Jamie Spencer 25/ 1 2:05.40
2004 Soft 11 Haafhd 9 3 8 11 - 33-1149 80 days B W Hills (27 miles) Richard Hills 12/ 1 2:06.90
2003 Good to Firm 13 Rakti 3 4 9 2 - 1630-12 122 days M Jarvis (88 miles) P Robinson 11/ 1 2:03.34
2002 Good 12 Storming Home 4 4 9 2 - 322631 15 days B W Hills (27 miles) Michael Hills 8/ 1 2:01.42
2001 Good to Soft 13 Nayef 1 3 8 11 - 383111 20 days M Tregoning (62 miles) Richard Hills 3/ 1 2:07.72
2000 Good to Soft 15 Kalanisi 3 4 9 2 - 11-2122 53 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) Johnny Murtagh 5/ 1 2:05.59

Race Favourite Stats
Year Favourite Finish Position Winner Market Position
2019 1 1
2018 1 1
2017 1 1
2016 1 1
2015 3 4
2014 5 4
2013 2 2
2012 1 1
2011 2 6
2010 2 2

Race Record
Distance Record Time
1m 1f 212y 2:03.02