Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Guide

1. Accidental Agent

Trainer - Eve Johnson Houghton

Jockey - Charles Bishop

This five year old has the potential of going well with this track and distance suiting him down to the ground seeing him land the Group One Queen Anne Stakes back in 2018.

Since then he has been struggling this season for any sort of form being dropped in class and still not being able to get off the mark and on this heavy surface he looks vulnerable of running a big race.

2. Benbatl

Trainer - Saeed bin Suroor

Jockey - Oisin Murphy

The five year old has been a fairly consistent horse during his career but last time out showed the best of what he has to offer coming back from 11 months off the track to land the Group Two Joel Stakes.

He brushed aside St James’s Palace Stakes second King Of Comedy trained by John Gosden with ease landing the contest by five lengths going away.

Benbatl has won numerous Group One races in his career and his trainer straight after the race spoke about stepping him up to 1 mile 2 furlongs with him previously winning black type races in Germany and Australia over this distance.

However, this contest over a mile has been the preferred option and there are very few horses that have had a better prep run entering the race but like many runners in the race the ground could catch him out.

3. Century Dream

Trainer - Simon Crisford

Jockey - William Buick

This five year old is very much suited by soft heavy ground which makes him a nice each way price at 20/1 and he was a close third in this contest last year.

Having course and distance form is always a bonus at Ascot but having not raced since March with average performances in Meydan it does look a big task for Simon Crisford's horse.

4. Imaging

Trainer - Dermot Weld

Jockey - Chris Hayes

Dermot Weld has not brought over a massive team from Ireland and Imaging at 50/1 looks overpriced to us having finished a decent second behind favourite The Revenant at Baden-baden.

He handles soft or heavy ground very well with a good second again at Tipperary last time out and although he will need step up to this tougher test he has decent form in his races this season.

Could outrun his odds if handling this Group One company.

5. Lord Glitters

Trainer - David O'Meara

Jockey - Daniel Tudhope

Lord Glitters has a superb record at Ascot and landed the Queen Anne Stakes at this seasons royal meeting to land his fort Group One win of his career.

He was sixth in the race last year and although mostly running on good ground during his career the six year old is highly versatile handling soft conditions aswell.

Always runs a strong race and should be in the mix on his Ascot form alone.

6. Raising Sand

Trainer - Jamie Osbourne

Jockey - Nicola Currie

This seven year old looks very much out his depth in Group One company but does hold a good record at Ascot in Class 2 Handicaps and the soft ground shouldn't bother him to much.

He is 66/ for a reason and that is just because he is not at the same level as the majority of these horses with plenty of them winning black type races in the past and the seven year old can't compete with that.

7. Safe Voyage

Trainer - John Quinn

Jockey - Jason Hart

Started his season off in fine style by landing a hat-trick in muddy conditions at Haydock but since moving away from that track and up in class has become vulnerable.

His best efforts have all come at seven furlongs with him not looking the same horse when upped to a mile and it would be a huge shock to see him go close.

8. The Revenant

Trainer - F-H Graffard

Jockey - Pierre-Charles Boudot

Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard brings over his four year old to compete for Group One glory in Britain for the first time since he has been with this trainer.

The Revenant during this career has raced 10 times winning eight of them with one of them coming in England at Epsom when with trainer Hugo Palmer.

Under Graffard the gelding has landed Group Two and Three races with ease with the majority of his victories coming on either soft, very soft or heavy conditions which makes him perfect for the weekend.

This horse revels in the muddy, swampy turf conditions when running and has been overly consistent throughout his 10 race career which makes him a huge player at the weekend.

He has been a massive mover in the market since the start of October with the French raider being available at 25/1 just 10 days ago and is now as short as 5/2.

9. Happy Power

Trainer - Andrew Balding

Jockey - Silvestre De Sousa

Happy Power for trainer Andrew Balding looks very overpriced and his trainer has spoken highly about this three year old in the run up to this race.

On paper the son of Dark Angel does not display the greatest form line but in soft conditions comes into his own and he should handle the surface better than most.

On his less than preferred good ground he finished fourth behind Too Darn Hot and Circus Maximus at Goodwood in the Group one Sussex Stakes and if getting back to that form can be a real handful.

10. King Of Change

Trainer - Richard Hannon

Jockey - Sean Levey

This three year old holds a huge chance on Saturday off the back of how progressive he has been this season winning at Nottingham on his seasonal debut and then a good second in the Group One 2000 Guineas.

He had a lay off and came back at Sandown in the Listed Fortune Stakes and held off some strong competition nicely and that looks a solid prep run entering this race.

Richard Hannon has had a stellar season and being patient with this colt might be the making of him.

11. King Of Comedy

Trainer - John Gosden

Jockey - Frankie Dettori

King Of Comedy at the start of the season showed great signs of improvement landing the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown before finishing a very narrow second in the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Since then he has gone off the boil with weak performances in the Juddmonte International and Joel Stakes at Newmarket where he will have to reverse some form from these previous runs.

If there is one trainer that can find the best in the three year old again it is John Gosden and he could be primed for a big run once again.

12. Magna Grecia

Trainer - Aidan O'Brien

Jockey - Donnacha O'Brien

The 2000 Guineas winner is another horse that patience has been the key with with him being less than impressive in his final outing when going fo the Guineas double at the Curragh.

He has not been seen since that run and has been reported to be in the form of his life at home and already has Group One winning form over a mile on ground with cut in it.

Freshness could be the key to this horse and the three year old can't be overlooked.

13. Mohaather

Trainer - Marcus Tregoning

Jockey - Jim Crowley

This colt has only raced once all season and a total of four times in his small career and has obviously been waited on for this contest.

On his seasonal debut on good to soft ground he landed the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury but having not been seen since April and being chucked straight into a Group One looks a tough ask.

14. Move Swiftly

Trainer - William Haggas

Jockey - Tom Marquand

Move Swiftly is a four year old that lives for soft ground and on her seasonal debut she scored in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at the royal meeting over course and distance.

She went over to Deauville after that race in the Group One Prix Rothschild and was overwhelmed in the company and this looks another tough test for the filly.

15. Phoenix Of Spain

Trainer - Charles Hills

Jockey - James Doyle

Charles Hills Phoenix of Spain has been a frustrating colt this season having sprung to life on has first start of the season when hosing up in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Since then he has been below his usual form finishing way off the pace in the St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix de Moulin and looks a huge uphill battle to see him go close in this one.

16. Veracious

Trainer - Sir Michael Stoute

Jockey - Jason Watson

The final runner of the QE II Stakes is Sir Michael Stoute's Veracious who was recently a smart second in the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes and at 33/1 could be a nice each way prospect.

This trainer loves having winners at Ascot and although his strongest performances have come on quick ground he has a versatile pedigree that could see him handle soft aswell.

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