Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Bullet' to set pace for Frankel

frankel -- the box-office attraction on British Champions' Day at Ascot tomorrow where he will bid to make it a perfect nine wins from nine starts -- heads a field of eight runners for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

One of his seven 'rivals', Bullet Train, is there to help him as a pacemaker. His main rivals are the French filly Immortal Verse and the improving Excelebration. The Richard Hannon pair Dick Turpin and Dubawi Gold also feature.

Godolphin and Frankie Dettori are represented by last year's winner Poet's Voice and the field is completed by Side Glance.

The most valuable race on the card, the £1.3m Champion Stakes has a field of 12, including seven Group One winners.

They are headed by Frankel's stablemate Twice Over, bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the race. The good ground has encouraged Ed Dunlop to run Snow Fairy just 13 days after her third in the Arc. "She hasn't won in Britain since the Oaks at Epsom last year and we're very excited that she is playing at home with a big chance," he said.

Harry Skelton became the first jump jockey to fall foul of the new whip rules when he picked up a five-day ban at Wincanton yesterday after his mount, El Diego, was narrowly beaten. He hit the horse nine times, one more than the permitted maximum.

Irish Independent

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