The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot is the target for Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar Frankel this season as he goes into the new campaign at the age of four.
The unbeaten colt was pushed to his limits last season in the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting. After winning the 2000 Guineas in spectacular style, he tried to win the Group Two contest in a similar front running performance but was chased down by Aidan O’Brien’s Zoffanny who finished just three quarters of a length behind Frankel at the end of the 1m trip. Later both jockey Tom Queally and trainer Cecil admitted that they got their tactics wrong and were fortunate not to be beaten on the day. Those following the best Ascot betting should remember this.
Past winners of the Queen Anne Stakes include Cannford Cliffs who won the Group One contest last year before a battle with Frankel in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood a month later. Richard Hannon’s four-time Group One winner was forced to retire following that run after picking up an injury that meant he could no longer train anymore. Frankel, on the other hand, ending the season by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot in October on his final start of the year.
In 2010, Goldikova proved that mares could have success in the race with her quick time of 1:37:74 ahead of Paco Boy who won the same contest in 2009.
Saeed Bin Suroor has won the Queen Anne Stakes on seven different occasions for Godolphin, including with Dubai Destination in 2004 and Refuse To Bend a year later.