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The mud-loving Bateel was well fancied to provide France with a fifth QIPCO British Champions Day success in the Fillies & Mares Stakes and when she loomed up to Hydrangea in the closing stages it seemed the well-backed favourite was poised to deliver.
However, Hydrangea would not wilt and in a rousing finish Bateel, the 7-4 favourite, who came into the race having won seven of her 12 races, had to settle for the role of bridesmaid.
It was still a markedly better performance than she had managed on fast ground a year earlier. She had trailed home last on that occasion on what was her final start for David Simcock.
Her progress for Francis Graffard in 2017 has been marked and she had warmed up for her date at Ascot with an emphatic defeat of Journey in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Chantilly.
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