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Penitent - Sandown 27.04.2012

Penitent: it will cost £70,000 to supplement the six-year-old

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Penitent camp: little to fear in Queen Elizabeth

CONNECTIONS of Penitent will supplement the six-year-old for the Qipco-backed Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day, reasoning there is little to fear in the 1m Group 1.

The David O'Meara-trained gelding rewarded owners Middleham Park Racing's faith by finishing second in Sunday's Prix de la Foret - a race he was also added to late - and is set for another crack at the top level.

Nick Bradley, bloodstock manager to the syndicate, said: "The deadline to supplement him is noon on Monday and at this stage that's the plan. I've spoken to the owners and it's something we're keen to do.

"We supplemented him at Longchamp and it paid off that day. This would cost £70,000 but fourth place picks up £53,000, so if he finishes fourth it will only have cost £17,000.

"We've had a look at the race and there are only two or three to fear. Excelebration is as good a miler as there is around and I think Cityscape is a better horse than ours, and then there is the John Gosden filly, Elusive Kate."

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