Fillies And Mares Stakes Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

17/10/2020 14:30:00

Bet On British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

At 2.30pm on Saturday 17 October 2020, the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes will take place as part of the British Champions Day Ascot racecard, with some of the leading female horses in UK and Irish flat racing competing for an enormous purse at Ascot Racecourse.

The winning connections will land just shy of £200,000 by prospering in this race, with Magical bidding to claim the spoils for the second time in this race after winning in 2018. The Aidan O’Brien-trained charge scored a victory in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh, while it was a walk in the park in the Tattersalls Gold Cup when she was sent off as a short favourite.

Things were somewhat trickier for Magical when she finished second in the Juddmonte International Stakes, although losing to the classy Ghaiyyath was really no disgrace and there was only three lengths between the two horses for an encounter which was run over one mile, two and a half furlongs.

Who Can Beat Magical In This Race?

Fancy Blue will run for Donnacha O’Brien and the three-year-old should be raring to go for this encounter after an impressive 2020 and there was a splendid win in the Qatar Nassau Stakes where she managed to hold off outsider One Voice by a neck.

Indeed, the three-year-old seems to be making a habit of winning by short distances after securing victory in the Prix de Diane Longines by a slender margin. Fancy Blue is currently available at double the price of Magical and it all comes down to how much she can improve.

Even So is next in the betting and she managed to beat Cayenne Pepper in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks, with Peaceful also likely to line up in this race and she was very close to stablemate Fancy Blue in the recent Prix de Diane Longines.

The History of the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes

The Princess Royal Stakes was launched in 1946, with the race being named after Princess Mary and the race having largely been run at Ascot Racecourse, although it has fleetingly been hosted at Newmarket Racecourse.

The race has been renamed the Pride Stakes before getting its current name, with the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes having been launched in 2013 when attaining Group 1 status, with Magical winning the race in 2018 although Star Catcher was the recent winner in 2019.


Racegoers that attend Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19 October are in for a royal treat thanks to a succession of brilliant races and the third encounter on the card is the Fillies and Mares Stakes.

Enable is currently entered for this race and is the highest-rated horse for the encounter, although the John Gosden-trained charge is likely to swerve this race and head straight for the Arc at Longchamp.

Therefore, we’re likely to see Magical line up as market leader for this one mile and four furlongs encounter, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse having served up a string of impressive victories.

The four-year-old hasn’t finished outside of the top two places this season and the most recent performance saw Magical prosper in the Irish Champion Stakes at odds of 11/10.

This was over one mile and two furlongs on good ground and the worry would be whether the horse could manage a longer trip with more cut in the ground, with the runner being chinned on three successive outings before this latest run.

Magical was beaten by Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and then wound up second behind Enable in the Coral Eclipse. Maybe that defeat was more forgivable although the same thing happened in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Star Catcher is the other eye-catcher for this race and that is despite the horse being well down in the ratings, with the John Gosden-trained charge having racked up three straight wins and open to further progress.

There was a Royal Ascot triumph in the Ribblesdale Stakes and this was followed up by an Irish Oaks victory before another Group 1 success in Longchamp.

Coronet is trading third favourite out of all the horses likely to enter and this is another John Gosden runner who is available at odds of 6/1 and this looks like an each-way punt to nothing.

It’s hard to judge this particular horse’s form considering that both recent victories have come in France, with the runner having finished second behind Magical in this race last year.

An interesting horse at a bigger price is Deidre, with the Japanese runner having struggled to find a gap in the Irish Champion Stakes before flying home.

Previously to this, there was an impressive run at Goodwood and the horse can be backed at odds of 16/1 although it’s interesting to know that certain traders are only prepared to go 10/1.