Immortal Verse: will bid for third Group 1 in succession in QEII at AscotPICTURE: Getty Images
Immortal Verse set for Frankel QEII clash
FLYING French filly Immortal Verse could clash with the unbeaten Frankel in the Qipco-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day after connections confirmed her for the Group 1 on October 15.
Immortal Verse featured among a list of 14 acceptors for the race on Wednesday and is on course to bid for a third successive Group 1, following top-level victories in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.
The Robert Collet-trained three-year-old is owned by Richard Strauss and his Kilfrush Stud manager, Brendan Hayes said: “Immortal Verse is very well and we are targeting the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with her. We are optimistic and it looks like it is going to be a great race.
“Hopefully, she can show her usual turn of foot, although it is certainly going to be an interesting race in terms of tactics. A good pace would suit us.
“She had to miss the Moulin due to an overreach. It wasn’t very bad, but overreaches are never a good thing and so we had to miss the race.
“That means she will be going to Ascot fresh and she showed when she won the Marois thatshe can win when she is fresh. She is very straightforward filly to deal with, which is a big help,” added Hayes.
Immortal Verse could also meet fellow Group 1 winners So You Think, Excelebration and Dick Turpin in the mile contest.
Eight-time Group 1 winner So You Think, trained by Aidan O’Brien, also holds an entry in £1.3million Qipco Champion Stakes over 1m2f.
The five-year-old figured among 26 entries for the race, including the Sir Henry Cecil-trained duo Midday and Twice Over, who has won the last two renewals of the Champion Stakes when it was staged at Newmarket.
Mahmood Al Zarooni: holds three entries in the Champion StakesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
The Queen’s CarltonHouse, who has been off the track since running a disappointing fourth in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in June, was also entered at the latest forfeit stage, as were the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained trio French Navy, Casamento and Dubai Prince.
Ladbrokes St Leger third Sea Moon was the most notable absentee fromthe Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, which has attracted 23 entries.
The list is headed by Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Godolphin’s Opinion Poll and progressive stayer Times Up.
The Qipco British Champions Sprint over 6f features 32 entries, including Bated Breath, Deacon Blues and Golden Jubilee winner Society Rock.
Triple Group 1 heroine Blue Bunting heads the list of 23 acceptors for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, along with dual Oaks winner Dancing Rain and the Roger Varian-trained Ferdoos.