One of the feature races at Ascot this Saturday is the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. A Group 1 contest run over 1 mile, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is open to horses aged three-years and older with a prize purse of over £1 million. Recognised as Europe’s mile championship, this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sees nine runners due to go to post.
Solow is the current ante-post favourite. Trained by Freddy Head in France, Solow has won 11 of his last 12 starts including 4 Group 1 races. These 4 Gorup 1 victories have come in Solow’s last 4 runs and include the D’ispahan at Longchamp, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. A winner on various ground conditions, Solow sets the standard in what looks a fantastic renewal.
The current ante-post second favourite is the Aidan O’Brien trained Gleneagles. Winner of both the UK and the Irish 2000 Guineas this year, Gleneagles has missed several high-profile races due to unsuitable ground since his Royal Ascot victory in the St James Palace Stakes. O’Brien is due to walk the course at Ascot on Friday evening before making a final decision on whether Gleneagles will line up on Saturday afternoon.
The Andre Fabre trained Territories finished runner-up to Gleneagles in the UK 2000 Guineas and then tasted success in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. Last seen when runner-up in a Group 1 race at Deauville in August, Territories would give veteran trainer Fabre his first success in the race.
Kodi Bear was last seen winning the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood at the end of August. A winner on soft ground that day, connections will hoping that the ground remains on the soft side of good for Saturday as Kodi Bear aims to win his first Group 1 contest.
Integral represents trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Frankie Dettori. Integral is yet to get her head in front so far this year, with runner-up spot in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month being her best effort so far. The five-year-old mare does boast Group 1 winning form though and a return to her best, could well see her get into the places on Saturday.
Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II stakes field is completed by Elm Park, Belardo, Top Notch Tonto and Gabrial.
Solow is the 2.2 (6/5) favourite with Gleneagles 3.25 (9/4). Kodi Bear is 9 (8/1) and Territories and Integral both 17 (16/1). The horse racing tip for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is Solow at 2.2 (6/5).
By: Scott McGlynn