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  • 15:00 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 1) £160,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £90,736 2nd £34,400 3rd £17,216 4th £8,576
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 34.66s
  • Off time: 15:02:36

Kate fired up for Chariot

View from connections ahead of the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Last Updated: 28/09/12 1:38pm

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Elusive Kate: In rude health

Elusive Kate: In rude health

John Gosden believes that Elusive Kate is in rude health ahead of the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Clarehaven trainer is wary of the competition, though, and believes this season's renewal is as good as there has been in recent years.

Four of the eight fillies are already Group One winners, with another three horses having been successful at Group Two level.

Elusive Kate arguably brings the strongest form into the race, having followed up a narrow second in the Falmouth Stakes with victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

However, perhaps her best run came in defeat when she was just over a length behind Excelebration and Cityscape in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

"Elusive Kate is in fine form," said Gosden.

"She has been freshened up a bit since Deauville and it looks a phenomenal race. She's run well this year, won the Rothschild, and then was third in the Jacques le Marois against the colts.

"She's a tough little cookie and we'll see how she goes. It looks as good a Sun Chariot as you'll see."

Two Chances

Sir Henry Cecil has two strings to his bow with Chachamaidee, who was awarded the Matron Stakes in the stewards' room, and new recruit Beauty Parlour.

The latter, owned by the Wildenstein family, lost her unbeaten record in the French Oaks on her final start for Elie Lellouche.

Cecil told his website, www.sirhenrycecil.com: "Beauty Parlour joined us in mid-July and has had some time off since finishing second in the Prix Diane.

"She seems to be in good form and has shown us she likes plenty of cut in the ground.

"Chachamaidee, who is happier on faster ground, has held her form very well all season and we are hoping that she can run another good race."

Mick Channon expects Laugh Out Loud to be involved in the finish, as long as she can settle in the early stages.

The Prix de Sandringham winner returned from her summer break to be beaten just a length into fourth in the Matron, but this time meets Chachamaidee on better terms.

"She's up against the same sort of fillies and is in great form," Channon told At The Races.

"We gave her a break after Ascot because we hit her quite hard at the start of the year, but she came back and she ran a cracker in the Matron in Ireland.

"That was her first run back for three months, she wasn't beaten far and you'd hope she'd come on a little bit. As long as she settles we'd be very hopeful. But if she does, she's a high-class filly."

French Challenge

Sahpresa came over from France to win the last three renewals but this year the Gaelic contender is the Francois Doumen-trained Siyouma, who was third in the Falmouth Stakes.

She was then beaten less than two lengths by Snow Fairy in the Prix Jean Romanet, but Doumen believes the drop back to a mile will be in her favour.

He said: "I wouldn't be sending her over if I didn't think she'd run well.

"I was expecting a bit more cut in the ground. I don't think it's necessary for her, but I would have been a bit more confident.

"She has improved with each run this year and she is still lightly raced. She didn't run at two and only ran twice last year so she is entitled to be still improving.

"She was very babyish in the beginning but has matured. Gerald Mosse is very confident in her.

"I think she prefers this distance on European tracks as 2000 metres (10 furlongs) just seems to stretch her. She's in super form and we all believe in her. After this, she could be campaigned overseas. The EP Taylor in Canada is an option, as is Hong Kong at the end of the year."


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