Terebellum out to rule again in G1 Queen Anne Stakes
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old takes on male opposition for the first time
Progressive filly Terebellum aims to follow up an exciting return to action with a first G1 success in the Queen Anne Stakes, one of the highlights on day one of Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old takes on male opposition for the first time in the straight mile contest after powering to an impressive success in the G2 Dahlia Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket on Saturday.
Terebellum (Frankie Dettori) improved rapidly throughout her three-year-old season, graduating from a debut victory at Goodwood in May to G2 glory two starts later in the Prix de la Nonette at Deauville, France, in August. She headed back to France for the 10-furlong G1 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp in October, when she ran well in testing ground to finish a close fifth, beaten just over a length in total.
John Gosden said: "Terebellum won well at Newmarket and has a lot of speed. I think a straight, stiff mile will suit her and she has been in great form since the Dahlia Stakes."
Magic Lily (William Buick) finished third behind Terebellum at Newmarket and the Charlie Appleby-trained mare continues at G2 level in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, also over the straight mile on the same card.
The New Approach mare started her year with three excellent performances at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, following up G2 wins in the Cape Verdi and Balanchine with a fine second to Barney Roy in the G1 Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline.
Charlie Appleby said: "We were pleased with Magic Lily's first European run of the season in the Dahlia Stakes, when she ran a good race under a penalty. She has come out of that well and we feel that the drop back to a mile is within her compass, as she won the Cape Verdi over the same distance. She has a penalty again but a repeat of any of her performances so far this year is going to make her very competitive."
French Listed winner First Contact (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), who goes in the opening seven-furlong Buckingham Palace Handicap, has also shown excellent form at Meydan, UAE, having finished third in the 2019 Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline.
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