Automatic Berth On The Line For Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf In Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes At Ascot
ASCOT, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND (July 22, 2021) — Led by Love (IRE), Adayar (IRE), and Mishriff (IRE), an all-star field is set for Saturday’s 1 ½-mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (G1) at Ascot. The race winner will earn an automatic berth into this year’s US$4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is an international series of 84 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California on Nov. 5-6.
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes winner to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, which will be run at 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf course. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a travel allowance of US$40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 25 to receive the rewards.
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes will be televised live on TVG with an approximate post time of 10:35 a.m. ET.
Love, a 4-year-old filly owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier, and trained by Aidan O’Brien, has won five Group 1 races among her seven wins in 11 starts. A daughter of the late Galileo (IRE), who won this race in 2001, Love was victorious in her 2021 debut on June 16 in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot, defeating Audarya (FR), last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, by three-quarters of a length. That victory, which was her first race against males, gave Love a “Win and You’re In” berth into this year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was also Love’s fourth consecutive race dating back to last June when she swept the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Investec Oaks at Epsom, and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York. Love was being prepared for a start in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in October, but was withdrawn a few days prior to the race due to impending soft ground.
Making a powerful move in the final 100 yards, Godolphin’s 3-year-old Adayar, trained by Charlie Appleby, achieved classic glory in his fifth start, winning the Cazoo Derby (G1) at Epsom on June 5 by 4 ½ lengths at 16-1. The Derby was Adayar’s first win since breaking his maiden at Nottingham last October. A son of Frankel (GB), Adayar began 2021 with a second-place finish in the 1 ½-mile bet365 Classic Trial (G3) at Sandown on April 23, and was runner-up as the 6-5 favorite in the listed 1 7/16-mile Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on May 8.
Trainer John Gosden has won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes five times, including three with the brilliant Enable (GB) in 2017, 2019 and 2020. This year, Gosden and his son Thady send out Prince A Faisal’s versatile 4-year-old colt Mishriff, a Group 1 winner on both dirt and turf. A son of Make Believe (GB) out of Contradict (GB) by 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Raven’s Pass, Mishriff scored a 1-length victory over Charlatan in the 1 1/8-mile US$20 million Saudi Cup (G1) on dirt at Riyadh on Feb. 20. He returned to the turf for his next start in the 1 ½-mile Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) at Meydan on March 27. Racing widest of all off the final turn, Mishriff edged in front in deep stretch to defeat Chrono Genesis (JPN) by a neck. The Sheema Classic was Mishriff’s fifth win on turf, which includes last year’s triumph in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) (G1) at Chantilly. In his most recent start, Mishriff was third in the 1 ¼-mile Coral-Eclipse (G1) at Sandown on July 3, finishing 3 ¾ lengths behind race winner St. Mark’s Basilica (FR).
Another son of Galileo slated to start is Ballylinch Stud and Aquis Farm’s 3-year-old Lone Eagle (IRE). Trained by Martyn Meade, Lone Eagle had a 2 ½-length lead in the final two furlongs of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) at The Curragh on June 26, but was nipped at the wire by Hurricane Lane (IRE). Lone Eagle has won four races in seven starts, including this year’s listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 21. Last year, he won three consecutive races including the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (G3) at Newmarket in October to close out his 2-year-old season.
Christopher Wright’s 4-year-old filly Wonderful Tonight (FR) is two for two at Ascot. Trained by David Menuisier, Wonderful Tonight, a daughter of Le Harve (IRE), scored a commanding 2 ½-length win in last October’s 1 ½-mile British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1). She returned to Ascot for her 2021 debut at the Royal Meeting and won the 1 ½-mile Hardwicke Stakes (G2) over males by 1 ½ lengths over Broome (IRE).
The 5-year-old Broome, owned by Masaaki Matsushima, Mrs. John Magner, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, has won four races this year. Following his runner-up finish in the Hardwicke, Broome, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) on July 4.
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The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 5-6 at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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