Despite being beaten on his last start when finishing second to Here Comes When, Ribchester is expected to bounce back to form and has Champions Day as his target
RICHARD FAHEY is looking at the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot as his target for stable star Ribchester.
Despite suffering a shock defeat to Here Comes When in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last week, Fahey is expecting him to bounce back with Champions Day the main aim.
BET £5 AND GET A FREE £10 BET WITH SUN BETS
“He’s absolutely fine after the race (at Goodwood),” said Fahey.
“I might give him a break and wait for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but either way Champions Day is the first choice.
“I haven’t entered him for the Champion Stakes as I think we’re going to stick at a mile with him for the time being.
“Ribchester ran very respectably in the race last year against a filly who was something special and I honestly believe he is a better horse this year.
“Quite what happened at Goodwood I’m still not sure, but I suspect it was a mistake to try to make the running and that was my mistake.
“It was a horrible, horrible day, not just in terms of the going, but also with the weather, and he may have just got sick of having the rain and the wind blowing right into his face up the straight.
LIGHT THE WICK
Templegate’s top tips for all of ITV’s races at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, August 1
Betfred Ebor ante-post favourite Flymetothestars will not run if the ground is too quick
ONE HUNDRED NOT OUT
Silvestre De Sousa brings up 100th winner for the season on Al Ozzdi at Brighton
Ulysses to drop back in trip for his next start in either the Juddmonte or Irish Champion Stakes
RACECARDS AND RESULTS
Don’t miss out on all the latest odds and tips for Saturday’s meeting at Windsor
“They were proper extreme conditions. It was just one of those things and we all live to fight another day.”
Ribchester is one of 48 entries for the QEII, which carries a total prize fund of £1.1million.
A potential rematch with Here Comes When could be on the cards, with his trainer Andrew Balding also entering the fast-improving Beat The Bank.
Balding said: “The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes will come under very serious consideration for both of them.
“Here Comes When is absolutely bouncing after Goodwood – he’s in great form and British Champions Day is attractive for him.
He’s better when lightly-raced and if he were to run at all before, it might be in a Group 2 race in Milan, where he doesn’t have to carry a Group 1 penalty.
QIPCO British Champions Day
- The winners of 83 Group 1s and 16 European Classics hold entries for QIPCO British Champions Day where the horses will comepte for a record-breaking £4.26 million in prize money
- Europe’s top 10 horses all entered for Britain’s richest raceday, including top rated horse in Europe, Enable
- 30 French entries, including winners of the French Derby and French Oaks
- Celebrate the end of the Flat season in style and party the night away with a headline act which saw Sigala bring the curtain down on the finale last year
- Tickets can be purchased HERE
“Beat The Bank is only a three-year-old and we have to be careful not to over-face him this year as there is lots to look forward to.
“But he seems versatile and Ascot will certainly be coming under consideration.”
Aidan O’Brien has given the option to dual 2,000 Guineas hero Churchill and dual 1,000 Guineas heroine Winter, among others.
Saeed bin Suroor has entered Thunder Snow, who was last seen landing the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.
The Godolphin trainer said: “He worked really well on Saturday and has been a star horse for me this year.
“I would like to run him at Ascot on British Champions Day and we will look at both the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Champion Stakes nearer the time.”