Palace Pier and Baaeed face off in QEII at Ascot

Palace Pier and Baaeed will conflict in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot.

The John and Thady Gosden-trained Palace Pier has been overwhelmed solely as soon as in his profession, when defeated by three and a half lengths behind The Revenant on this race final season.

Since then the colt has been faultless over the identical mile journey, starting his season with an eight-length success within the bet365 Mile after which happening to attain a Group One treble that included the Lockinge, Queen Anne and Prix Jacques le Marois.

Palace Pier’s chief rival seems to be the unbeaten Shadwell colt Baaeed, who has been a cushty winner in every of his 5 runs from maiden to Group One degree.

Educated by William Haggas, the three-year-old was a six-and-a-half-length winner of the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood after which went to take the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on his final outing.

Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free can be declared and can look to bounce again from a sixth-placed run when final seen within the Juddmonte Worldwide at York.

Previous to that the filly had twice been a Group One winner this season, taking the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The Revenant bids to retain his title within the race after prevailing by a head final season for coach Francis-Henri Graffard.

The chestnut has not been victorious in three runs this season, however was overwhelmed by only a brief neck when bidding for a 3rd Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp earlier within the month.

Charlie Appleby is represented by 2000 Guineas runner-up Grasp Of The Seas, who went on to complete third within the Group Two Joel Stakes at Newmarket in September.

The winner of that race was Saeed bin Suroor’s Benbatl, who shares an proprietor with Grasp Of The Seas within the form of Godolphin and can be entered at Ascot on Saturday.

William Jarvis’ Woman Bowthorpe will look to regain the shape that noticed her win the Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood after a disappointing run when seventh of eight final time within the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.

Aidan O’Brien’s Mom Earth shall be contesting her eighth consecutive Group One race this time period, with the filly having gained each the 1000 Guineas and the Prix Rothschild in a marketing campaign that has seen her end no worse than third every time.

Jessica Harrington’s Njord and David O’Meara’s Lord Glitters spherical off the sphere of 10 contenders.



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