Queen Anne Stakes Preview
The Queen Anne Stakes (2.30 Ascot) was first established in 1840, but it was only in 2003 that it achieved Group-1 Status. It is a 1-Mile race that is open to 4-year-olds and above, and the 13 renewals have been won by nine 4-year-olds and four 5-year-olds.
Not too many trainers have got on the scoresheet though, with the Hannon stable winning it three times, as has Aidan O’Brien and Saeed Bin Suroor. There have also been three French winners with Freddy Head training two of those and Andre Fabre one. The other winning trainer was Henry Cecil who won with the brilliant Frankel. Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey having ridden 3 winners, but currently doesn’t have a ride.
The race is the curtain-raiser for the 2016 Royal Ascot Festival and, with 14 runners set to go to post, it should be a cracking contest.
Course and distance winner on his preferred fast ground, but not as good on soft, and was withdrawn on similar ground at Epsom recently.
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Foreign Raider who has yet to look up to this class.
Has twice performed the role of pacemaker for Belardo this year, and looks likely to perform the same role again here.
Officially the joint highest-rated of the British runners, and there was much to like about the way he stayed on powerfully on good ground to win the Group-1 Lockinge in May. He could be better still on softer ground, and proved he likes the course by finishing a close second to Solow here in October.
Belied his odds when finishing third in last year’s renewal, but this softer ground probably won’t be to his liking. That form also puts him behind the likes of Esoterique and Belardo.
Confirmed that his second in the 2015 Irish 2,000 Guineas was no fluke by finishing third in this year’s Lockinge. That was his seasonal debut too, so could improve, though will need to. Proved he handles cut in the ground.
The subject of much hype in the last 12-months but, whilst he’s impressed in winning lesser contests, he hasn’t cut it at group-1 level so far. Yet to finish in front of Belardo.
Won a handicap on good-to-soft, but nothing to suggest he’s up to winning this, and David Simcock would have had to improve him greatly since acquiring him from Ollie Stevens.
Showed good form abroad at the end of last season, culminating in a second at the Breeders Cup behind the re-opposing Tepin. However, he’s ran poorly twice at Ascot in the past.
Has looked impressive in group-2 races, but always seems to find group-1 company beyond him. Beaten 3 times over course and distance in group-1 company already.
Stunning winner of the Duke of Cammidge group-2 at last year’s Royal Ascot meeting, but all her best form is on fast ground.
Classy French filly who won last year’s Coronations Stakes. Has won with cut in the ground, though she might prefer a faster surface.
Gallant second in last year’s contest, but she’s another for whom connections would have preferred a quicker surface.
American Raider who has won 8 of her 10 starts, including victory in the Breeders Cup Mile. Hard to know how she’ll handle the travelling to England, or the different type of track, but an obvious danger to all.
Queen Anne Stake Summary
Tepin could prove a real handful if she’s acclimatised to England, but I’d much rather back Belardo for whom conditions look ideal. An improved horse this year judging him on his Lockinge win, he also ran a great race when second to Solow here in October, when running on strongly and his pacemaker should ensure this is run at a decent tempo.