Very happy to have Rob Dove — one of the top ten propunters in the UK today — back to share his thoughts on the QE2 and Champion Stakes. Take it away, Dove!
The Revenant has been well backed for this coming here off a career best effort in small field win in soft ground & if that’s legit has a big chance but the time was moderate it’s possible the opposition just didn’t fire. Magna Grecia has a similar profile to Gleneagles coming into this ( Guineas winer coming into this off a layoff) and is very interesting but maybe O’briens just rolling the dice before retiring him. Benbatl roared back into action at Newmarket in very swift time but he did have the run of the race against possibly a favoured rail , he’s flopped on soft ground & in a few British Group 1’s including course & distance in last years Queen Anne. Lord Glitters is well suited to this straight mile , he had the perfect trip to win the Queen Anne this year & should go close again. King of Comedy has a lot of ability but is a tricky ride, he can pull hard & doesn’t always run straight, he was well behind Benbatl last time but I don’t think the race suited him , the ground is a worry on his Redcar run. PHOENIX OF SPAIN looks a little overpriced here, he’s a big galloping type who should like this straight mile, he had the run of things when winning in Ireland but the form/time was solid , apparently wasn’t right at Ascot and probably wasn’t suited to Goodwood but on his last start was staying on nicely giving the impression a stronger test would suit which this could well be.
Magical has had a long season & some could say the Arc run was evidence she’s had enough for the year but it was a fairly easy toss as she pressed a hot early pace for the conditions, she’s probably the best horse in the race but I don’t think by much. Addeybb has some mixed form, the win at Royal Ascot was very impressive , he got a serious bump early & raced wide but still won easy in fast time, his York run was a drop down though (well behind Elarqam who he easily beat at Ascot) and last time was a prep, he was disappointing at this meeting last year & suspect he may do again. Coronet comes into this off 2 French Group 1 wins but I don’t think she’s elevated her form, she was a length behind Magical at this meeting last year and that is about her level, pretty certain to run her race though. The ground is a worry for Regal Reality he seemed to run below form at York on it 2 starts back, his last run was solid enough though & he was squeezed out otherwise could have been a couple of lengths closer. There are similar ground concerns for DEIDRE on her Ascot run but that was her first run here & in torrential rain, she wasn’t in great form in Japan prior to that & maybe is just in better form now. In the Irish Champion she was in a poor position off a slow pace & found her run blocked but finished off very strongly , you have to think given better circumstances she’d have given Magical a race & hopefully she will here.