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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.

Graffard was thrilled with the Dubawi filly’s Champions Day run. “Bateel has run a fantastic race,” he said. “There were no excuses, she had the ground that she likes, she had a perfect run. She came upsides Hydrangea, but when Ryan [Moore] asked his filly she ran away from us.
“I was very, very upset to start with to finish second, but when I looked back at the replay, there were no excuses, I am very proud of my filly.”
When asked if Bateel will return to the racecourse for 2018, Graffard said: “It has to be discussed with the owners, she has done a fantastic job this season and she deserves her place at stud. She will go for a break now and we will chat – I would be happy to have her back, and also happy for her to go stud! Every ending would be good.
“She was at the top of her game for the Vermeille, and she was at her top today – there would not be much more improvement in her, but she is a genuine Group 1-performing filly.”


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Year Wins-2nd-3rd Prize money Group 1 wins Archived results