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Posted 2023-10-19 10:41:34  
Paddington to take on star filly in Champions Day blockbuster

Paddington, the standout three-year-old, strategically sidesteps a showdown with last year's Champion Stakes victor, Bay Bridge, opting instead for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Trainer Aidan O'Brien, after considering both prestigious races, guides Paddington back to a mile following a commendable third-place finish in the Juddmonte International. In the highly anticipated Champion Stakes, Bay Bridge leads a formidable field of nine, featuring contenders like the swiftly progressing Horizon Dore, Derby runner-up King Of Steel, and the formidable Mostahdaf, triumphant in both the Juddmonte International and Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Meanwhile, Paddington, basking in the glory of a spectacular summer marked by four Group 1 victories, braces for a challenging clash with ten rivals in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Among his adversaries is the sensational filly Tahiyra, a dominant force claiming victories in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and Matron Stakes throughout the year. Notably, Nashwa redirects her course from the Champion Stakes to join the QEII fray. Unfortunately, the absence of the John and Thady-Gosden-trained Inspiral is observed, leaving Frankie Dettori to pair with the 2,000 Guineas champion, Chaldean. The stage is set for a thrilling British Champions Day as these equine titans vie for supremacy in their respective contests.

Qipco Champion Stakes confirmed runners and riders
Bay Bridge Richard Kingscote
Dubai Honour James Doyle
Mostahdaf Jim Crowley
My Prospero Tom Marquand
Point Lonsdale TBC
Via Sistina Oisin Murphy
Horizon Dore Mickael Barzalona
King Of Steel Frankie Dettori
Royal Rhyme Clifford Lee

Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup confirmed runners and riders
Broome TBC
Coltrane Oisin Murphy
Kyprios TBC
Stratum William Buick
Sweet William Robert Havlin
Trawlerman Frankie Dettori
Trueshan Hollie Doyle
Maxident Owen Lewis
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes confirmed runners and riders
Art Power David Allan
Kinross Frankie Dettori
Rohaan Ryan Moore
Run To Freedom Trevor Whelan
Saint Lawrence Hollie Doyle
Spycatcher Clifford Lee
Mill Stream William Buick
Makarova Paul Mulrennan
Sandrine Oisin Murphy
Sense Of Duty Tom Marquand
Vadream Kieran Shoemark
Believing Danny Tudhope
Magical Sunset Rossa Ryan
Ocean Quest Shane Foley
Swingalong Sam James

Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes confirmed runners and riders
Above The Curve Dylan Browne McMonagle
Free Wind Frankie Dettori
One For Bobby Rob Hornby
Poptronic Sam James
Stay Alert David Egan
Term Of Endearment Tom Marquand
Time Lock William Buick
Blue Stocking Rossa Ryan
Jackie Oh TBC
Red Riding Hood TBC
Rue Boissonade Gerald Mosse
Running Lion Oisin Murphy
Sea Of Roses PJ McDonald
Sweet Memories Hollie Doyle

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes confirmed runners and riders
Angel Bleu Hector Crouch
Checkandchallenge William Buick
Facteur Cheval Mickael Barzalona
Big Rock Aurelien Lemaitre
Chaldean Frankie Dettori
Epictetus Kieran Shoemark
Hi Royal James Doyle
Nashwa Hollie Doyle
Paddington TBC
Rogue Millennium Danny Tudhope
Tahiyra Chris Hayes

Balmoral Handicap confirmed runners and riders
Migration Benoit de la Sayette
Raadobarg Rossa Ryan
Sonny Liston Ryan Moore
Baradar William Buick
Al Mubhir Tom Marquand
Awaal James Doyle
Bopedro Danny Tudhope
Blue For You Paul Mulrennan
Docklands Hayley Turner
Helm Rock Richard Kingscote
Coeur D'Or Chris Hayes
Rhoscolyn Jason Watson
Ropey Guest Tom Queally
Bennetot Neil Callan
The Gatekeeper Joe Fanning
Dual Identity Jim Crowley
Dancing Magic Oisin Murphy
Lattam Cieren Fallon
Vetiver PJ McDonald
Eilean Dubh Clifford Lee
Escobar Hollie Doyle (reserve)
Maywake TBC (reserve)
Graignes Billy Loughnane (reserve)  

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