A star studded entry of 40 fillies and mares has been received for this year’s renewal of the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes run at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 7th October.
The QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes winner Winter heads the entries, who is looking for a fifth consecutive Group 1 victory in 2017. Aidan O’Brien’s wonder filly is already a course and distance winner on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and will be hoping to win her fourth QIPCO British Champions Series race of the year after already winning three of the series’ Fillies & Mares category races.
Aidan O’Brien has seven entries in total which includes Alice Springs who won this race in 2016. Between his representatives entered, O’Brien’s charges have no less than 10 Group 1 victories between them with the trainer looking for his third win in the race.
French-trained horses have an impressive record in this race winning five of the last eight renewals. Andre Fabre will be looking to repeat his success of 2015 when he trained Esoterique to victory, and could be represented with Usherette and Via Ravenna.
The impressive John Gosden-trained Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Laugh Aloud and Musidora Stakes winner Shutter Speed are the pick of the home team.
Francis-Henri Graffard trainer of Heuristique, Lbretha, and Silver Meadow, said:
“Heuristique has proved she is up to Group 1 level having finished third in the French 1000 Guineas on her penultimate start. She was disappointing last time out at Chantilly when she was a hot favourite for a Group 2 race. I think the ground possibly was too quick for her and if she comes to Newmarket I hope it will be soft. She has had a break since Chantilly and will have a prep run before coming over to run in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.”
“Lbretha is an improving filly, she won a listed race well at Vichy recently and she will hopefully now step up and show she is a Group filly. She is a filly I really like and I think Newmarket’s Rowley Mile will suit her. The plan is to go for a Listed race in England in September and then see whether she is capable of putting up a good show at Newmarket.”
“Silver Meadow again is improving and ran really well to finish fourth in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom. Soft ground is what she needs and I think she is pretty smart.”