11th August 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes “first-choice” target for Ribchester

Queen Anne Stakes star Ribchester has been given the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) as his main target for the season on QIPCO British Champions Day.

The four-year-old, who was beaten in challenging conditions at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes last time out, is set to bid for Group One revenge here at Ascot in October.

Trainer, Richard Fahey, said: “He could go for the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville and then go to Ascot, or I might give him a break and wait for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but either way Champions Day is the first choice.

“I haven’t entered him for the QIPCO Champion Stakes as I think we’re going to stick at a mile with him for the time being.

“Ribchester ran very respectably in the race last year against a filly who was something special and I honestly believe he is a better horse this year.

“Quite what happened at Goodwood I’m still not sure, but I suspect it was a mistake to try and make the running and that was my mistake. It was a horrible, horrible day, not just in terms of the going, but also with the weather, and he may have just got sick of having the rain and the wind blowing right into his face up the straight. They were proper extreme conditions. It was just one of those things and we all live to fight another day.”

Among the 48-horse entries, an almighty match-up with Churchill, winner of QIPCO 2000 Guineas, and Winter - the three-time British Champions Series winner could take place, with Falmouth winner, Roly Poly, and French raiders Le Brivido and Al Wukair in the mix.

For tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 21 October click here.