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Star Catcher rounded her Outstanding campaign with victory in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.
John Gosdens filly was a maiden at the onset of the year, having finished sixth on her only juvenile start at Chelmsford.
However, a good example can now be created for being the finest middle-distance filly of her creation after adding this Group One trophy to her earlier big-race wins this year in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, the Irish Oaks at the Curragh and the Prix Vermeille in Paris.
Together with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Ocean The Stars girl has been the 7-4 preferred to provide a Champions Day victory in as many years after the wins of the brilliant Cracksman at the Champion Stakes to her owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer.
It was not all plain sailing for the market leader as she had been hard at the office halfway up the house right – and was briefly short of space afterwards Sun Maiden drifted across the trail, leaving Star Catcher the meat in the sandwich between her and Delphinia contrary to the far rail.
Gosdens charge rallied courageously getting the better of Delphinia together with Sun Maiden third along with also the Fleeting fourth later falling traffic issues.
Dettori was also making it winner amount 18 in Group 1 level this year, also bounced back following defeat for Stradivarius at the Long Distance Cup.
He said:Obviously Im still a bit sour about Stradivarius, however, the ground is somewhat worse than we thought. I have gone from crying to grinning in half an hour.
Shes beautiful, shes tough – I think shes staying in training, with a little bit of luck, and she is a wonderful filly.
She has supplied me with my 250th Group One and 18th this season, so that I love her.
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