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French Star Recoletos spearheads raid on QIPCO British Champions Day

10 Oct 2018

Trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias is hoping that his stable star Recoletos can deliver for France when lining up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO)

Group One winner Recoletos came fourth in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on the day last year behind Cracksman, and Laffon-Parias is hoping that he can land the prize over the shorter distance of mile in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes: “We rode him to win that race last year, and it cost us the second place. I think if we’d have waited a little bit more he should have been second but I think it was a great performance. The horse is very well at the moment and I am quite confident.”

“To win in England is a dream for all trainers and especially for me. I am Spanish but I started with English races and I arrived in France 30 years ago. The dream is to win a race at Ascot.”

Having been campaigned over the shorter distance of a mile this season, Recoletos has already won two Group 1s over the distance – the Prix d’Ispahan and the Prix du Moulin. He is a general 3-1 shot for the richest mile race in Europe but could have to contend with the filly Laurens, who won another QIPCO British Champions Series race at the weekend – The Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes and would need to be supplemented.

Karl Burke, her trainer told Press Association, “We’re delighted with her. She only lost four kilos on the whole trip and she looks in great shape. She’s got a great constitution, and I think she’s come out of Saturday better than she came out of the Matron. We’re definitely planning to run her again this year. I’ve spoken to John (Dance, owner), and at the moment we’re leaning towards Ascot.

“She’s in the QIPCO Champion Stakes – but it’s more likely we’ll supplement for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, especially if the ground is on the easy side.”