Catcher out to star at Ascot on Champions Day

Star Catcher is a hot favorite to provide an Champions Day victory in so many years to Anthony Oppenheimer after she bids to crown an superb effort.
The major owner-breeder has observed that his colors carried in the last two renewals of the Champion Stakes – and will return to Ascot hopeful of further glory.
Star Catcher has won four of her five starts so far this year – by landing the Irish Oaks at the Curragh the Ribblesdale in Royal Ascot and the Prix Vermeille in ParisLongchamp finishing a big-race hat-trick.
The daughter of Sea The Stars is well fancied to bring a Group One to her CV that weekend, however Oppenheimer is taking nothing for granted.
He explained:I hope she has got a great opportunity, but youve got the Oaks winner at the marketplace, who won a Group One last time, therefore it is no pushover.
I am told she functioned well earlier in the week. Because its on the main monitor, which will likely be useful for 28, the ground is not likely to be soft on the internal course. She goes on the decent and soft ground, but would not need it heavy.
She remains in practice a year ago, so she will only run if Mr Gosden is pleased with the ground.
Itd be fantastic to have a different winner on Champions Day. Let us see what happens.
After encountering traffic issues on her comeback run in the Vermeille anapurna was off the track for more than three months after her Classic success at Epsom and could only finish seventh supporting Star Catcher.
When enrolling a triumph in the Prix de Royallieu however, she revealed her true colours to Paris a fortnight ago.
Mark Weinfeld of owners Helena Springfield Ltd stated:It is nice to be heading on the back of a triumph after what happened to her in the Vermeille. The Vermeille has been a non-event for her, so that she did to rally back last time back in France.
What she showed there was that she handles soft earth well and has a lot of stamina, so thats not a concern, but what could be is that shes coming back quite fast.
Shed have a mid-summer break, however.
Gosden has a string.
That this trophy has been claimed by aidan OBrien with Hydrangea and Magical in each of the past two seasons respectively.
This season the Ballydoyle handler starts a four-pronged assault, with Fleeting (Donnacha OBrien) and Delphinia (Seamie Heffernan) apparently his two chief contenders, before South Sea Pearl (Sean Levey) and Pink Dogwood (Pierre-Charles Boudot).
OBrien said:Both the Fleeting along with Delphina were next in Group Ones in their past begins. Its pretty incredible that Fleeting has not won one yet. She is in good form and ran a terrific race in Longchamp (second in Prix de lOpera). We havent done but she seems.
Delphina also conducted a terrific race at Longchamp the previous day (next to Anapurna) within a little bit farther, but she appears to be in good shape as well.
Were a tiny bit lost with Pink Dogwood and now we cant place our finger on why her form has gone backwards, but shes working nicely and was second in the Oaks.
Trainers have their series in shape than Ralph Beckett, who saddles Antonia De Vega. Since asserting a Recorded prize at Newbury at 18, the three-year-old has not yet been viewed in action.
She also did a great piece of work at Kempton last week and we believe shes prepared, said Beckett.
The ground will probably be right up her alley – it could not rain enough for her.
I am hopeful shell run well. The attraction (10) is not perfect, but we cant help that.
Shes very under-raced and I am hopeful theres somewhat longer to come. She goes there nice and fresh.
Beckett had five winners past Saturday, and added:We had a catchy spring, so it was not going well and after we hit a tiny blip in July if they werent running well. Saturday gave us all a joy and its almost always a fantastic idea to finish off your season well.
The William Haggas-trained Klassique is an intriguing outsider, having only once completed in 10 starts from the first three.
She had been last seen placing third at a Group Two.
Klassique conducted well in France the past time, but was somewhat flat. She loves the soft and we intentionally set her away, said Haggas.
Shes an outsider, and it has got a little to find online form. If she can finish in the first four months, we will be thrilled.