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British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes: Runners and Riders

The Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is a wide open affair on British Champions Day at Ascot and may offer Frankie Dettori one of his best chances to get on the scoresheet.

Dettori partners Free Wind for John & Thady Gosden in the mile-and-a-half Group 1 contest and will be desperate to mark what is billed as his final appearance at this meeting with a winner.

The Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is race three on the Ascot card and the Group 1 contest carries a top prize in excess of £301k.

Here's our look at the runners and riders for the British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes. 

WhatQipco British Champions Fillies' & Mares' Stakes
WhereAscot Racecourse, Berkshire
When2.25, Saturday 21st October 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Sports Streaming, ITV, Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV
OddsFree Wind 3/1, Jackie Oh 10/3, Time Lock 5/1, Above The Curve 9/1, Bluestocking 9/1, Rue Boissonade 12/1

1. Above The Curve

Current Odds – 9/1
Jockey – Dylan McMonagle 
Trainer – Joseph O'Brien

The daughter of American Pharoah was a Group 2 winner in France in May and has run with great credit in four Group 1s since that. She handles difficult ground no problem and if first-time cheekpieces prove to be a positive, she should be in the mix.

2. Free Wind

Current Odds – 3/1
Jockey – Frankie Dettori 
Trainer – John & Thady Gosden 

She's now a five-year-old but is still only a veteran of a dozen races. She won the bet365 Lancashire Oaks on soft ground last season and started this term with success in York's Group 2 Middleton in May. 

However, a mixed bag since then has included an underwhelming showing in the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood, a near miss in Yorkshire Oaks and getting outclassed in the Arc. 

3. One For Bobby 

Current Odds – 25/1
Jockey – Rob Hornby 
Trainer – Hughie Morrison

This progressive filly is 2-3 on turf since leaving Johnny Murtagh to join this yard. The Nottingham Listed win in May and French Group 3 triumph in July were both over 1m2f on soft ground but she was well held in a Deauville Group 1 recently. 

4. Poptronic 

Current Odds – 33/1
Jockey – Sam James
Trainer – Karl Burke 

The likeable Nathaniel filly was a gutsy winner of the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in July but has twice come up well short since in Group 1 races and has a clear personal best to find in this company.

5. Stay Alert

Current Odds – 25/1
Jockey – David Egan
Trainer – Hughie Morrison

She has come off worst in previous jousts with Free Wind and while running solid races in defeat in the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix de l'Opera in her last two starts, this four-year-old filly is going to have to find plenty more to get the job done.

6. Term Of Endearment 

Current Odds – 14/1
Jockey – Tom Marquand
Trainer – Henry de Bromhead

She has been consistent so far in her career, albeit at lower level than this. She put away some good fillies in fine style at Cork in August over this trip on testing ground in a Group 3 event and she is an interesting raider from Ireland.

7. Time Lock 

Current Odds – 5/1
Jockey – William Buick 
Trainer – Roger Charlton 

The Frankel filly was running well without necessarily progressing in the early part of the season but arrives here after backing up a French Listed win early last month with an authoritative Newmarket Group 3 score (1m4f, good to firm), in which Running Lion was third. 

8. Bluestocking 

Current Odds – 9/1
Jockey – Rossa Ryan
Trainer – Ralph Beckett

She was unfortunate when second in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh over this trip on soft ground in July and ran well when fourth in Yorkshire version the following month.

Bluestocking was second in a Listed Chester race last month but it remains possible she has more to offer.

9. Jackie Oh 

Current Odds – 10/3
Jockey – Ryan Moore
Trainer – Aidan O'Brien

The Galileo filly won a Gowran Park Group 3 on soft ground over nine furlongs in July and has been second in Group 1s at the Curragh and Longchamp in recent months.

She produced an excellent effort behind Blue Rose Cen in France last time and the longer trip could unlock more improvement.

10. Red Riding Hood

Current Odds – 66/1
Trainer – James Doyle
Trainer- Aidan O'Brien

She landed a Group 3 over nine furlongs at the Curragh in August when ridden more aggressively but she couldn't repeat the feat back there on Irish Champions Weekend last month. 

11. Rue Boissonade

Current Odds – 12/1
Jockey – Gerald Mosse
Trainer – Mikel Delzangles

The lightly-raced French filly won a Group 2 over this trip on soft ground at Longchamp in July. She has finished fourth twice since in Group 1s at the Parisian venue but she has room for improvement still and this track might suit at this distance. 

12. Running Lion

Current Odds – 20/1
Jockey – Oisin Murphy
Trainer – John & Thady Gosden

Running Lion completed a four-timer when easily winning a Newmarket Listed race over 1m2f (soft) in May. However, the French Oaks was a step too far after that, before placing at Salisbury and Newmarket most recently. She will have to improve to turn things around at Ascot.

13. Sea Of Roses 

Current Odds – 100/1
Jockey – PJ McDonald
Trainer – Andrew Balding

Sea Of Roses won a Doncaster maiden over a mile on her final start as a two-year-old and she looked promising when second in a Group 3 at Salisbury in April over a mile-and-a-quarter. Her progress has stalled since and she folded tamely last time out at Chester.

14. Sweet Memories 

Current Odds – 12/1
Jockey – Hollie Doyle
Trainer – John & Thady Gosden

The daughter of Sea The Stars had just one start last year and won a Newbury novice and a Newmarket Listed race on her return in July and August this year. She has the capability to progress further on her fifth start.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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