Ribchester can bound to Queen Elizabeth II Stakes glory on Champions Day

Saturday 21st October, 2017 - 3:15pm Ascot - Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Ribchester will attempt to cement his place as one of the elite milers in the world on Saturday when the Richard Fahey-trained raider goes for glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, but the Godolphin-owned raider will face a host of notable rivals in this Group 1 thriller on British Champions Day, as the likes of Churchill and Beat The Bank aim to grab the valuable prize.

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Saturday 21st October - 3.15pm OddsWon/LostBet
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes    
Tips Ribchester to win    Best Bet @ 2 / 1  

Favourites

Second to Minding in this race 12 months ago, Ribchester returned to the Berkshire venue at the Royal meeting and blitzed his rivals in the Queen Anne Stakes, and if he can replicate that sort of display then has to be the one they all have to beat, and the 2/1 with bet365 is more than fair.

He suffered a shock defeat to Here Comes When (25/1) in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but bounced back to form in the Prix Moulin in France, and providing Ascot isn't hit by much more rain then Fahey's stable star can end the season on a winning note, and secure top-class status in the one-mile division.

Aidan O'Brien, who trained Minding to victory last year, will saddle Churchill, who has failed to kick on having won the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, and while he will enjoy a drop back to eight furlongs he is one that will certainly not want too much of the wet stuff, and at 4/1 with Ladbrokes is easy to avoid.

Andrew Balding's Beat The Bank is the progressive horse taking his chance, and he was last seen storming to victory in the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket, and if he can continue on an upward curve then could be the biggest danger to Ribchester, but the 5/1 chance with Betfair will need to improve again, and may just find it tough to down proven Group 1 performers.

Other Contenders

Andre Fabre's Al Wukair was third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his last trip to Britain, and he was a classy winner of the Prix Jacques Le Marois last time out, so at 6/1 with Betfair he is certainly one of the most intriguing runners in the line-up, and he has to be given the utmost respect.

Saeed bin Suroor's Thunder Snow was third in the Jacques Le Marois, so will have work to do to turn that form around, and may struggle at 16/1 with bet365, while Here Comes When is one that will be relishing every drop of rain at Ascot in the lead-up to the race, and if it turns very soft then at 25/1 with Coral is the each-way play.

Worth A Mention

Lightnening Spear (25/1) beat Zonderland (33/1) in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood earlier in the season, and that pair add significant depth to this contest, while Persuasive is another quality performer on his day, and at 20/1 with most firms is an eye-catching runner, but it could be a race dominated by the fancied contenders, and Ribchester can bag victory on Saturday afternoon.

2017 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Odds

Posted: Friday, 20th October 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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