15 GO FORWARD FOR KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUN CHARIOT STAKES - SPECIOSA ON COURSE TO RETURN TO THE SCENE OF HER GREATEST TRIUMPH
GOOD GOING PREDICTED AT NEWMARKET
The £185,000 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, the Group One highlight at Newmarket on Saturday, October 6, has 15 of the very best fillies and mares going forward at today’s five-day confirmation stage for the prestigious mile contest.
Speciosa and Finsceal Beo, successful in the Stan James 1000 Guineas in 2006 and 2007 respectively, are both still engaged, with Thorney-based trainer Pam Sly, looking forward to sending Speciosa back to the scene of her Classic triumph.
The Danehill Dancer filly is also entered at Longchamp, although Sly is leaning towards running her stable star to run in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
Sly revealed today: “I’d like it if Speciosa ran at Newmarket in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
“She’s entered in the Prix de L’Opera, but I’m hoping she will go to Newmarket because she does like it there. It’s a stiff mile with a good climb.”
Speciosa has enjoyed remarkable success at the NatWest Rowley Mile. As a two-year-old, she triumphed in the Group Two Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes, while on her return to the course the following spring, she won the Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes en route to Classic success in the Stan James 1000 Guineas. Her seasonal reappearance this year saw the filly finish a gallant second behind the great Manduro in the Group Three Earl Of Sefton Stakes in April.
Despite not having won since her Guineas success, Speciosa has confirmed herself as a top-quality performer this season, twice finishing behind multiple Group One winner Peeping Fawn.
Sly continued: “She gave 12 pounds to Peeping Fawn when she was beaten two lengths into second by her (in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 30) and it was a very good run behind Manduro.
“We were unfortunate at Goodwood (in the Nassau Stakes on August 4); the ground was far too firm for her. It was disappointing for us. Hopefully, the ground on Saturday at Newmarket should be more suitable.
“She’s entered in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes later this year, but that looks a bit competitive at the moment.
“Micky Fenton will ride her again.”
Cheveley Park Stud have three to choose from in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes - Echelon, successful last month in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, Heaven Sent and Nannina, winner of the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2006. Nannina has winning form over the course and distance, having taken the Group One Fillies’ Mile when it was run at Newmarket in 2005.
Adding further spice to this intriguing contest are the Jeremy Noseda-trained Simply Perfect, heroine of the Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s Ritz Club July Festival. Simply Perfect could be joined by her stable companion Rahiyah, third in the French 1,000 Guineas earlier this season.
Newmarket’s NatWest Rowley Mile plays host to three fabulous days of racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 4, 5 and 6, for the totesport Cambridgeshire meeting.
The going at Newmarket is currently GOOD.
Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket, reported today: “The going is currently good with a GoingStick reading of 7.9.
“We have had some light rain so far today and the forecast is for nothing particularly heavy over the next couple of days. There is a possibility of up to three or four millimetres of rain prior to racing on Thursday.
“If the forecast rainfall is correct, that will merely maintain the status quo with the ground.
“Friday and Saturday at this stage are forecast to be dry and temperatures will rise progressively through the week, culminating in about 19 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
“The track has been narrowed to accommodate a maximum field of 35 for the totesport.com Cambridgeshire on the Saturday.
“The average GoingStick reading is 7.9 from the mile and six furlong start. Up the home straight, what is interesting, is both the stands’ side reading and the far side reading are 8.0.”
Looking ahead to the superb three-day feast of racing, Prosser said: "Friday's card could have a big impact on the quest to be Europe's champion two-year-old and the betting for next year's Stan James 2000 and 1000 Guineas.
“A good victory for Visit in the Cheveley Park, for instance, could see her overtake Listen in the two-year-old filly ratings, while victory for the unbeaten Winker Watson in the Shadwell Middle Park would see him climb up the ratings in the quest to be champion two-year-old colt.
"Both races are looking really strong, with a powerful Irish challenge taking on the British-trained horses, plus Natagora making the journey from France for the Cheveley Park. She arrives here on Thursday.
“Saturday’s card offers one of the most competitive handicaps of the season, the totesport.com Cambridgeshire, alongside what promises to be a wonderful renewal of the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes with the two most recent winners of the Stan James 1000 Guineas, Finsceal Beo and Speciosa, as well as Group One winners Echelon, Nannina and Simply Perfect.”
68 STILL ENGAGED IN totesport.com CAMBRIDGESHIRE
A total of 68 horses remain engaged in the totesport.com Cambridgeshire following today’s five-day confirmation stage. The famous nine-furlong handicap takes place at 3.55pm and once again sponsors totesport will be offering each-way terms on the first FIVE horses home.
John Gosden looks set to have a strong hand in the race, with three well-fancied entries going forward. Escape Route was an impressive winner at Goodwood on September 15, while Pipedreamer also caught the eye when beating a big field at the same West Sussex track on his latest appearance on August 2. Ekhtiaar, fifth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, is Gosden’s third remaining entry in the totesport.com Cambridgeshire - a race he won with subsequent multiple Group One winner Halling in 1994. totesport are offering odds of 3/1 for John Gosden to win the race with any of his three contenders.
Monte Alto, last seen when winning the John Smith’s Handicap at Newbury, could also take his chance. The three-year-old aims to give Luca Cumani a third victory in the race following Century City (1982) and Dallas (1986). The Newmarket handler has another possible in River Tiber, narrowly beaten at Ascot at the end of September.
Cabinet was another horse who finished second last time out. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old colt was drawn wide at Chester on Saturday, and could attempt to give his trainer another victory in the race he last won with Intermission in 1976. Sir Michael Stoute’s other remaining entry, Greek Well, was a one time ante-post favourite for the Derby and has been in good form this season, winning on three occasions.
Championship Point did line up in last year’s Epsom Derby, finishing eleventh. Mick Channon’s four-year-old has this year won a valuable handicap at Goodwood, and could bids to be the first winner to carry top-weight to victory since Cap Julica in 1995. Snoqualmie Boy also ran in the 2006 Epsom Derby , and the Royal Ascot winner aims to give David Elsworth a third victory in the Cambridgeshire, following Lear Spear (1998) and 100/1 shot Spanish Don (2004). Warm Embraces is also engaged for the Egerton House handler.
Barry Hills looks to have a live contender in The Illies, who rattled off a hat-trick of wins on his last three starts, most recently at Doncaster on September 15. The Lambourn-based handler previously won the Cambridgeshire in 1990 with Risen Moon
Other interesting contenders in the historic nine-furlong handicap include Docofthebay, who finished behind The Illies at York, and Teslin, who has proved a different horse since being gelded and followed up on a Beverley handicap success with victory on the Natwest Rowley Mile in the 10-furlong Victor Chandler Nijinsky Handicap on September 22.
Last year’s third Pinpoint could aim to give trainer Walter Swinburn a first totesport Cambridgeshire success - one of the few big races to have eluded him during his time as a jockey.
LATEST totesport PRICES
5 Pipedreamer, 8 Monte Alto, 9 Escape Route, The Illies, 12 (from 16) Docofthebay, Teslin, 14 Cabinet, 16 Fremen, Greek Well, Ragheed, River Tiber, 20 Ekhtiaar, Pinpoint, Supaseus, 25 Al Khaleej, European Dream, Seabow, 28 Very Wise, 33 Annemasse, Championship Point, Humungous, Kausmi, Mutajarred, Night Cru, Snoqualmie Boy, The Grey Berry, Unshakable, 40 Ballinteni, Benandonner, Fort Churchill, Hassaad, Heroes, Impeller, Lady Stardust, Yarqus, 50 Ace Of Hearts, Humble Opinion, Kinsya, Middlemarch, Mombassa, Night Crescendo, Plum Pudding, Raptor, Rio Riva, Star OF Light, Wind Star, Zero Tolerance, 66 Babodana, Capable Guest, Folio, My Paris, Pagan Sword, Tanzanite, 100 Bazart, Dancing Lyra, Future's Dream, Kamanda Laugh, Moody Tunes, Prince Evelith, Seal Point, Warm Embraces, 150 Isidore Bonheur, Kenmore, Master Pegasus, 200 Ansells Pride, Fabrian, Rain Stops Play, Riley Boys
3/1John Gosden to train the winner
Each-way 1/4 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
STRONG SUPPORTING CARD
Action gets underway on Saturday with the £40,000 Finnforest Oh So Sharp Stakes (2.10pm), upgraded from Listed to Group Three level for 2007, where there are 21 entries at the five-day stage.
There is further Pattern race action in the second race of the afternoon, the Group Three Countrywide Steel & Tubes Joel Stakes (2.45pm), where the 25 entries include the highly-progressive Jumbajukiba, trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington and a very impressive scorer in the Group Three Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh last time out.
totesport CAMBRIDGESHIRE DAY
Saturday, October 6
Time Race Details Age Class Type Dist TV Prize Money
2.10pm Finnforest Oh So Sharp Stakes 2yrs 1 Gp 3 7f Ch4 £40,000
2.45pm Countrywide Steel & Tubes Joel Stakes 3+yrs 1 Gp 3 1m Ch4 £50,000
3.20pm Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes 3+yrs 1 Gp 1 1m Ch4 £185,000
3.55pm totesport.com Cambridgeshire 3+yrs 2 H Hcap 1m 1f Ch4 £160,000
4.30pm EBF Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery Handicap 2yrs 2 Nrsry 7f RUK £30,000
5.05pm totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap 3+yrs 2 86-100 7f RUK £20,000
5.40pm Suffolk Insulation & Renovation Services Handicap 3+yrs 3 76-95 1m 4f RUK £15,000
Please note revised race times (the race order remains unchanged)