Catcher out to star at Ascot on Champions Day

29 October 2019

Catcher out to star at Ascot on Champions Day

Star Catcher will be a hot favourite to provide Anthony Oppenheimer using a Champions Day success in so many years after she bids to crown an fantastic campaign.
The has seen his colours carried from the Cracksman in the last two renewals of the Champion Stakes to victory – and can go back to Ascot optimistic of glory.
Star Catcher has won four of the five starts to date this season – by landing the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, the Ribblesdale in Royal Ascot and the Prix Vermeille in ParisLongchamp finishing a.
Sea The Stars girl is fancied to add a Group One the weekend, but Oppenheimer is taking nothing for granted.
He explained:I expect shes got a fantastic chance, but you have got the Oaks winner in there, that won a Group One last time, so its no pushover.
Im told she worked well earlier in the week. The ground isnt likely to be soft on the internal course since it is on the main trail, which will be useful for everyone. She moves on the great and soft ground, but wouldnt want it thick.
She remains in practice a year ago, so she will only run if Mr Gosden is pleased with the floor.
It would be fantastic to have a different winner on Champions Day. Lets see what happens.
After falling traffic issues along with her comeback anapurna was off the trail for more than three months following her traditional victory at Epsom and can only finish seventh supporting Star Catcher.
When registering a triumph at the Prix de 25, she revealed her true colors in her return to Paris.
Mark Weinfeld of owners Helena Springfield Ltd said:It is nice to be heading up there on the rear of a win after what happened to her at the Vermeille. The Vermeille was a non-event for her, therefore that she did well to bounce back last time back.
What she showed there was she handles soft earth well and has lots of endurance, so thats not a concern, but what could be is that shes coming back fairly fast.
Shed have a mid-summer break, though.
Gosden has a string.
This prize has been claimed by aidan OBrien in each of the past two seasons with Magical and Hydrangea respectively.
This year the Ballydoyle handler launches a four-pronged attack, with Fleeting (Donnacha OBrien) and Delphinia (Seamie Heffernan) apparently his two chief contenders, before South Sea Pearl (Sean Levey) along with Pink Dogwood (Pierre-Charles Boudot).
OBrien stated:Both Fleeting and Delphina were next in Group Ones in their past starts. It is pretty unbelievable that Fleeting has not won one yet. She is in great shape and ran a great race in Longchamp (second in Prix de lOpera). She seems, although we havent done much since.
Delphina also conducted a terrific race in Longchamp the last day (next to Anapurna) above just a tiny bit further, but she appears to be in great form too.
Were a tiny bit lost with Pink Dogwood and also we can not place our finger on why her form has gone backwards, but she is working nicely and was second at the Oaks.
Coaches have their string in shape than Ralph Beckett, who saddles Antonia De Vega. The three-year-old has not yet been viewed in competitive action since asserting a Listed decoration at Newbury in June.
She did a nice piece of work in Kempton last week and we believe she is prepared, said Beckett.
The ground will probably be right up her street – it could not rain enough to her.
I am hopeful shell run nicely. The attraction (10) is not perfect, but we cant help that.
Shes very under-raced and Im hopeful theres a bit more to come. She moves there nice and fresh.
Beckett had five winners last Saturday, and added:We had a tricky spring, it wasnt going well and we struck a bit of a blip in July if they werent running nicely. Saturday gave us all a joy and it is always a good idea to finish your season off
The William Haggas-trained Klassique is still an outsider, having once finished in 10 starts.
She was seen putting third in a Group Two in Deauville in August.
Klassique worked well in France last time, but was somewhat flat. She loves the soft and so we intentionally set her apart, said Haggas.
She is an outsider, and it has got a bit to find online shape. If she can finish in the first four months, then we will be delighted.

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