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John Gosden still hoping Star Catcher can make Champions Day defence

Sun 27 Sep 2020
 Star Catcher has been absent almost a year (Pic: Focusonracing)
Star Catcher has been absent almost a year (Pic: Focusonracing)

John Gosden has not ruled out Star Catcher bidding for back-to-back victories in the Qipco British Champion Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes at Ascot.

The Sea The Stars filly has been off the track since completing a Group One hat-trick in the mile-and-a-half prize at the Berkshire track last year.

She would need to be supplemented to run in this year's renewal and is not quoted in the ante-post betting.

Gosden said: “I’ve had a bit of a struggle getting her back, but we will see if we can make Champions Day with her.”

Should Star Catcher fail to appear on track this season, Gosden feels the paddocks could beckon next year.

He said: “I would have thought Mr Oppenheimer would want to breed with her next year. I’ve still got to talk to him about that, however.”

Gosden has not discounted sending Fanny Logan back to America for a second shot at glory in the Breeders’ Cup Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf.

The daughter of Sea The Stars has not been sighted since running out an impressive winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Though Gosden faces a race against time to have Fanny Logan ready for the Grade One prize at Keeneland on November 6, in which she finished fourth at Santa Anita last year, he believes she still has a chance of making it.

He said: “Fanny Logan is on the easy list. She might come back late in the autumn. We will see if we can get to the Breeders’ Cup again.”

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