Addeybb, Adayar and Mishriff head 14 QIPCO British Champion Stakes contenders at Ascot

Addeybb will bid to land back-to-back Champion Stakes but ground unlikely to suit; King George hero Adayar and Juddmonte International winner Mishriff also entered; Watch every race of QIPCO British Champions Day live on Sky Sports Racing

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Image: Addeybb won the 2020 renewal of the Champion Stakes

Addeybb, Adayar and the brilliant Mishriff are among 14 in line for Saturday's QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The William Haggas-trained Addeybb bagged his first Group One victory on home soil in the Champions Day feature 12 months ago, but has made just three appearances since.

The seven-year-old returned to Australia to defend both the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Randwick, having to make do with the runner-up spot in the former event but successfully defending his QEII crown.

Addeybb made a promising return from a break when splitting St Mark's Basilica and Mishriff in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in early July, but has missed multiple engagements since due to unsuitable ground conditions.

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Haggas will be praying for as much as rain as possible ahead of his bid for back-to-back Champion Stakes triumphs this weekend.

The Somerville Lodge handler looks set to launch a three-pronged assault, with Al Aasy and the supplemented Dubai Honour also in the mix.

Connections of Dubai Honour have stumped up the required £75,000 to add him to the field off the back of his impressive display in the Prix Dollar at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend.

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Adayar and William Buick win the King George
Image: Adayar and William Buick win the King George at Ascot

Charlie Appleby confirmed over the weekend that Adayar would be left in the Champion Stakes at the confirmation stage, with a final decision on his participation to be made later in the week.

If the three-year-old does take his chance, he will be turning out just 13 days after finishing fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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The marginal favourite with most bookmakers is John and Thady Gosden's Mishriff, who has been saved for this race since his dominant display in the Juddmonte International at York in August.

The Saudi Cup and Dubai Sheema Classic winner had previously finished third in the Eclipse and runner-up to Adayar in the King George.

Mishriff and David Egan wins the Juddmonte International Stakes during Juddmonte International day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2021 at York racecourse. Picture date: Wednesday August 18, 2021. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
Image: Mishriff and David Egan wins the Juddmonte International Stakes at York

Aidan O'Brien has left in Love, Bolshoi Ballet and Snowfall, with Jim Bolger's Mac Swiney and the Noel Meade-trained Helvic Dream the other Irish contenders.

Cedric Rossi's Arc fifth Sealiway could represent France.

Euchen Glen (Jim Goldie), Lady Bowthorpe (William Jarvis) and Foxes Tales (Andrew Balding) are the other hopefuls.

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