A few hours after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes has been run on Champions Day, Keeneland racecourse stages another Grade One named in her honour, the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. This 9-furlong contest always attracts a stellar field, and has often been used as a stepping stone towards the Breeders' Cup
Filly & Mare Turf.
We've taken a look through the betting for Saturday's main event and picked out our best US Racing tips.
2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Odds
2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Runners
Chad Brown runs two as he attempts to win his fourth QEII Challenge Cup. Technical Analysis has collected a couple of decent pattern races on her last two starts, with Shantisara also looking for her third victory on the bounce.
Burning Ambition comes into this looking for her fifth victory on the bounce and could attempt to make all having been drawn in gate one. Canadian raider Lady Speightspeare is another who could look to get to the front early, with Closing Remarks also likely to go forward early from a wide draw.
Aidan O'Brien backed up Empress Josephine seven days after a solid effort in the First Lady Stakes. Aidan's son, Donnacha has Nicest in the mix, while British trainer William Haggas has flown Group Three winner Cloudy Dawn over to Keeneland for the first time.
Victoria Oliver has Listed winner Flippant entered up. Michael McCarthy's Queen Goddess rounds off the betting.
2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Tips
Chad Brown plays a very strong hand here, and both of his fillies have come out of the draw well. Shantisara upset one of her stablemates, Higher Truth to win the Jockey Club Oaks last time out over 11-furlongs, but she could have her work cut out attempting to peg back TECHNICAL ANALYSIS over this shorter trip.
This daughter of Kingman has won four of her six starts to date and recent performances suggest she remains firmly on the upgrade. Last time out on soft ground, Jose Ortiz took Technical Analysis straight to the front, and the favourite dominated a fairly weak Grade Two to win from the front.
I can see Ortiz employing similar tactics on Saturday, and Technical Analysis could take some stopping if she's improved again between outings.