Heaven sent to Champions Day

Seventh Heaven is one of three runners for Aidan O'Brien in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Seventh Heaven heads for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

The Irish Oaks heroine beat Arc-winning stable companion Found in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and with the stable in scintillating form, she will be well fancied to complete the hat-trick.

O'Brien is also responsible for Ribblesdale Stakes winner Even Song and Park Hill runner-up Pretty Perfect.

Queen's Trust was third behind Seventh Heaven on the Knavesmire and Sir Michael Stoute isn't overly confident about reversing the form.

"I thought she was coming to win her race last time," he said. "But she still ran very well, as she did at Goodwood the time before. This is another tough race."

Zhukova is unbeaten in three starts this season for Dermot Weld and is another major contender for Ireland.

Last year's runner-up Journey bids to go one better for John Gosden who said: ""She's in good order and I'm pleased with her.

"She won well at Newmarket the other day and Lady Of Camelot has since run another good race there. We are aware of task in hand with the good Irish fillies coming over, but we will give it a go."

It is a measure of the depth of the 13-strong field that the James Fanshawe-trained Speedy Boarding is double-figure odds, despite striking Group One gold on her last two starts in the Prix Jean Romanet and Prix de l'Opera respectively.

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