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Enable and Winter entered in Champions Day Fillies & Mares Showpiece

9 Aug 2017

Ballydoyle throw seven darts at Europe's joint richest all-aged Fillies & Mares race

Enable heads down to post

Only Enable has prevented Aidan O’Brien from a clean sweep of the five QIPCO British Champions Series races in the Fillies & Mares Division so far this year, and the Ballydoyle trainer has a predictably strong hand in the entries for this £600,000 contest.

His seven possible contenders include Winter, the winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and the Qatar Nassau Stakes already this season and a filly who his trainer believes can see out the mile-and-a-half trip of this contest if required. Also amongst them is Investec Oaks runner-up, Rhododendron and last year’s Irish Oaks winner, Seventh Heaven.

John Gosden sent out Journey to improve upon her 2015 runner-up effort when taking the race 12 months ago under Frankie Dettori and the same mare is again in contention for Britain’s joint most valuable filles-only prize.

“We’re certainly looking at the race with Journey and for her to come back and do the double would be terrific. We may have one or two others in there too,” said Gosden.

Another eye-catching name among the entries is the Roger Varian-trained Nezwaah, already a Group 1 winner in the Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in July.

“No decision has been taken about future plans for Nezwaah,” said Varian. “She is pleasing me, but we aren’t looking any further forward than her next race at this stage. The QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes is a possible target and will come under consideration nearer the time.”

Enable is not the only Oaks-winning entry among a field that features 11 individual Group 1 winners, with German Oaks winner Lacazar given the option by trainer Peter Schiergen.

Don’t delay in securing your spot to Ascot as tickets are selling fast.

FULL LIST OF RUNNERS

Abingdon (USA), Ajman Princess (IRE), Architecture (IRE), Baiyouna (FR), Bateel (IRE), Coronet (GB), Dubka (GB), Elizabeth Browning (IRE), Enable (GB), Eziyra (IRE), Fleur Forsyte (GB), Glamorous Approach (IRE), God Given (GB), Harlequeen (GB), Horseplay (GB), Hydrangea (IRE), Journey (GB), Lacazar (GER), Left Hand (GB), Melesina (IRE), Mountain Bell (GB), Natural Scenery (GB), Nezwaah (GB), Promising Run (USA), Queen’s Trust (GB), Rain Goddess (IRE), Rhododendron (IRE), Santa Monica (GB), Serenada (GB), Seventh Heaven (IRE), Sirrin (IRE), Smart Call (SAF), So Mi Dar (GB), Tansholpan (GB), Terrakova (IRE), That Which Is Not (USA), The Black Princess (FR), The Juliet Rose (FR), To Eternity (GB), Vintage Folly (GB), What A Home (IRE), Wild Irish Rose (IRE), Winter (IRE), Zhukova (IRE)