Palace Pier (GB), one of the world’s top rated milers, and Order of Australia (IRE), the reigning FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner, headline Tuesday’s US$563,000 Queen Anne Stakes (G1) in the opening race of the Royal Ascot assembly at Ascot Racecourse. The winner of the Queen Anne will secure an computerized berth into this year’s US$2million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile by means of the Breeders’ Cup Obstacle Sequence.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Sequence is an international series of 84 stakes races whose winners obtain automated beginning positions and expenses paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup Environment Championships, which will be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California on Nov. 5-6.
As aspect of the benefits of the Challenge Collection, Breeders’ Cup will pay out the entry costs for the Queen Anne winner to start in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile, which will be run in excess of the Del Mar turf program. Breeders’ Cup will also offer a travel allowance of US$40,000 for all starters based mostly outside the house of North America to compete in the Earth Championships. The Obstacle winner ought to be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct 25 to obtain the rewards.
The Queen Anne, run about a straight mile, is the very first of 4 Breeders’ Cup Obstacle “Win and You are In” races to be carried out during the Royal Ascot assembly. The race will be televised stay on NBCSN and TVG.
Initially operate in 1840, the Queen Anne Stakes is named for the monarch who founded racing at Ascot in 1711.
Palace Pier, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum and qualified by father and son John and Thady Gosden, has received 7 situations in eight starts off, which includes last year’s St. James’s Palace (G1) at Royal Ascot and the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (G1) at Deauville. A 4-12 months-old son of Kingman (GB), Palace Pier has received equally his begins in 2021, getting the 1-mile wager360 at Sandown on April 23 by 8 lengths, and the 1-mile Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1) at Newberry on May well 15 by 1 ½ lengths. His only defeat arrived in final October’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Ascot, when he finished 3rd above tender floor.
“He is a charming horse who has completed almost everything ideal in his lifetime,” claimed John Gosden. “He only skipped the autumn of his 2-12 months-aged job. He prepped in a Newcastle race past calendar year and came out and won the St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1). He did every thing appropriate past calendar year until finally the close when he ran on pretty comfortable autumn floor (in the Queen Elizabeth II). He hated that, shed a shoe and bought left.”
“He’s appear back again very well this yr. He did tackle that floor (very good to comfortable) in the Lockinge and I’ve acquired to be distinct that probably a horse like Lope Y Fernandez did not. Back again now on summertime ground I consider you will see a lot extra horses arrive into perform that maybe weren’t happy on the floor.”
Frankie Dettori, who prospects all jockeys with six Queen Anne wins, has the mount aboard Palace Pier.
Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magner, Michael Tabor and Mrs. A.M. O’Brien’s Purchase of Australia arrived off the also-qualified record and received previous November’s FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile at 73-1 at Keeneland. Get of Australia was the to start with of 3 Aidan O’Brien-experienced runners throughout the wire, with Circus Maximus (IRE) a neck behind in next and Lope Y Fernandez (IRE) ending third. A 4-12 months-outdated son of Australia (GB), Purchase of Australia will be earning his to start with get started since finishing sixth in previous December’s Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1) at Sha Tin.
Lope Y Fernandez, a 4-year-aged son of Lope De Vega (IRE), started out the 12 months well by winning the stated 1-mile Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown on April 14. He went off as the 5-1 second preference in the Lockinge but was caught powering horses with a furlong remaining and wound up eighth.
The 8-year-aged Lord Glitters (FR), who received the 2019 Queen Anne Stakes at 14-1, is also coming out of the Lockinge, the place the roan/grey son of Whipper concluded fourth. Trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Daniel Tudhope, Lord Glitters has won nine races, which include two 1 1/8-mile scores at Meydan this yr in the Jebel Hatta on March 6 and in the Singspiel Stakes on Jan 21. He also completed sixth in the Dubai Turf (G1) at Meydan on March 27.
“He ran great in the Lockinge,” stated O’Meara. “There had been a handful of youthful horses in advance of him and Palace Pier seemed unbeatable, but Lord Glitters likes the straight track at Ascot so with any luck , he operates his race again. He is better at Ascot than at Newbury.”
Saeed Manana’s 5-calendar year-previous Prime Rank (IRE) finished third in the Lockinge. Educated by James Tate, Top rated Rank, a gray son of Dim Angel, has gained six of nine starts off, and has a victory this yr in the outlined Unibet Doncaster Mile on March 27. Past September, he received the Betfair Superior Mile Stakes (G3) at Haydock. Best Rank will be ridden by P.J. McDonald.
Also entered is the Mrs. R.F. Johnson Houghton’s 7-12 months-aged gelding Accidental Agent (GB), who gained the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes. Experienced by Eve Johnson Houghton and ridden by Charles Bishop, Accidental Agent completed fourth in past year’s race.
In addition to the Queen Anne, there will be a few other Breeders’ Cup Challenge Sequence races at the Royal meeting: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), held on Wednesday, June 16, will award the winner a totally free berth into US$4 million Longines Breeders Cup Turf (G1) the Norfolk Stakes (G2), which will be operate on Thursday, June 17, presents a “Win and You’re In” beginning place into US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Dash (G2) and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) on Saturday, June 19, which offers the winner an automated berth into the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).
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