Much of the focus at Longchamp surrounded Enable’s bid for a record third Arc, but it shouldn’t be overlooked that One Master secured her own slice of history when staying on strongly on heavy ground to complete the hat-trick in the Prix de la Foret. That Group 1 is staged over seven furlongs, which is One Master’s optimum distance, but she has the pace to cope with a stiff six furlongs, as she proved when runner-up in last year’s Champions Sprint Stakes. One Master couldn’t be called an unlucky loser as the winner, Donjuan Triumphant, also suffered interference, but she wasn’t seen to best effect having been badly hampered over a furlong out. It’s a case of the stiffer test the better for One Master over six furlongs, so soft ground, placing an extra emphasis on stamina, plays to her strengths.
This year's QEII Stakes, set to feature leading three-year-old milers Palace Pier and Kameko, is a stronger race than the one The Revenant finished runner-up in last season. However, The Revenant has compiled a solid record, including on soft ground, and looks likely to give a good account of himself. He raised his game markedly last season, winning four on the spin before finding only King of Change too good in the QEII, comfortably beating the rest having impressed with how powerfully he moved into contention. He only made his reappearance at Longchamp earlier this month but he showed very smart form to win the Prix Daniel Wildenstein for a second time, cosily landing the odds on extremely testing ground. His presence ensures the big two in the market will need to be on their game.
Addeybb showed he can run to a very smart level on a sound surface when finishing runner-up to Lord North in the Prince of Wales's Stakes over this course and distance at Royal Ascot. However, the pick of his form has come with cut in the ground, and he is a formidable rival when the mud is flying. He found only Magical too strong in last year's Champion Stakes - run on ground judged to be good to soft by Timeform - and then upped his game to win two Group 1s on soft ground in Australia, running to a level that places him behind only Magical and Lord North on weight-adjusted ratings. He looked on good terms with himself when defying a penalty in a listed race at Ayr last month and he will have optimum conditions here.