Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes Group 1, 1m
(4:00pm Newmarket, Sat 1st October 2016)
Quite simply a superb field of fillies battle for this Group 1 prize, a race in which the French have dominated in the last few years winning 5 of the last 10 years.
Always Smile is a cracking filly who is an out and out miler, she came unstuck back at 7f last time but on her good 3rd in the Falmouth she has chances.
Arabian Queen caused one of the biggest shocks of the last few years when downing Golden Horn is last year's International, nowhere near that form since & plenty required in this.
Ervedya was a cracking 3yo filly on fast ground, she has been less than impressive this year but did appear to be getting back on track last time behind Ribchester however the gut feeling is that others have now caught up with her.
She sports cheekpieces for the first time here.
Irish Rookie excelled herself last year to finish 3rd in this but has spurned several winnable opportunities this time around & cannot be fancied in a deeper field.
Siyoushake is a steadily progressive daughter of Siyouni who produced a career best last time to win at Group 3 level, back in 3rd that day was recent Italian Group 1 winner Waikika.
Clearly has plenty to find at the very top level but interesting that her astute trainer is pitching her in, possible big outsider to cause a surprise.
Smart Call is the best filly in South Africa after a fabulous performance to easily win the J&B Met from top class boys including Legal Eagle back in January, prior to that she had beat her own sex in the Paddock Stakes Group 1 from the top class Inara, the excellent Bela-Bela & another import to the UK Same Jurisdiction.
This is stage one of an ambitious attempt on the Breeders Cup, she has been working well recently at Newmarket under Frankie Dettori but gets the services of Antony Delpech for the first time here.
Like her fellow South African compatriots who have run here recently she will surely need this after being off since January but in no way should she be as big in the betting as she currently is, this will be run at a strong pace so look for her picking up the pieces late on.
Alice Springs has now won two of the top all aged fillies events in good style this season but she still has questions to answer as in between those wins are not just one but several blow outs including finishing behind Volta & Siyoushake in the Rothschild. Clearly talented but this is the toughest field she has encountered so her price looks awfully short.
Quite simply the honest Epsom Icon is outclassed.
Volta another daughter of Siyouni has been behind two of the best fillies in Europe on her last two starts (Qemah & La Cressionaire), prior to that she was unbeaten moving through the grades.
Often waited with in rear she has yet to show a real high class turn of foot, a case of just running on past beaten horses. This is another tough race & a place looks her best hope.
2) Smart Call
Qatar Prix Dollar Group 2, 1m2f
(2:50pm Chantilly, Sat 1st October 2016)
A race full of international flavour with 6 different countries represented from the 9 runners.
Arthenus has come along way in the last 12 months from a lowly Nottingham maiden to chasing home New Bay in a Group 2 before he won a Listed at Saint Cloud last time, respected on his rapid rise.
Hesham had been on a roll before a disappointing performance in a deep Group 2 won by Almanzor last time.
May have been flattered by his earlier wins as the form is not as robust as you would expect and has wok to do.
Potemkin has some hugely interesting collateral formlines with Iquitos, Elliptique and the Polish Superstar Va Bank.
He is himself a talented individual who should not be underestimated here.
Grand old Meandre is a well travelled horse throughout Eastern Europe & Dubai but he is not the force he once was.
Yorker is a top class ex South African Grade 1 performer who has run two excellent races in the U.K. staying on powerfully behind the in form Scottish at York before almost having to make the majority of his own running in a small field Listed race at Sandown last time (only to be collared late on by a huge outsider but credit to him he battled all the way) as a result there was no pace and after having seen the horse in the flesh he is a big old unit who needs a proper gallop which despite now racing in France he should get here. “Striker” Strydom has jetted in for the ride so it's a full on assault from South Africa.
In my eyes he should take the beating.
Free Port Lux won this last year but has been disappointing ever since, he has been freshened up since the summer & is a threat if ready to roll.
Zarak has forever been shadowed with the “his mothers son tag” being a son of the great Zarkava it's understandable of course but in general his form has been just ok rather than spectacular. Work to do against his elders here.
Flanders Flame left Richard Fahey’s stable rated just 56 but has been one of the standout performers in Spain most recently at San Sebastián winning the Copa De Oro San Sebastián on his previous start & finishing 2nd there last time when dramatically dropped in trip.
Has a massive amount to find here however.
Alignement has twice been well beaten in Group company in between wins back at a more comfortable level. Another likely to struggle
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