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The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes

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Named after the war-time Triple Crown heroine Sun Chariot, the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes is a prestigious Group 1 contest that showcases the very best fillies and mares over a mile.

Run at Newmarket on the Rowley Mile course, the race was first inaugurated in 1966, initially for three-year-olds only over a distance of one mile and two furlongs. In 1974, the race was opened to fillies and mares over the age of three and amended further in 2000 when the race became a one-mile event.

Between 1978 and 1988, there were four fillies that won the Sun Chariot Stakes before going on to win the Champion Stakes, including Swiss Maid (1978), Time Charter (1982), Cormorant Wood (1983) and Indian Skimmer (1988).

The contest was won in 2013 by QIPCO 1000 Guineas star Sky Lantern, while last year’s winner was Andre Fabre’s star mare Esoterique.

The most successful horse in the race is Sahpresa, who won the contest three times on the trot from 2009 until 2011 for French trainer Rod Collet.

Current leading jockey(s): Darryll Holland, 2 wins (2000, 2007), Ryan Moore, 2 wins (2014, 2016)

Current leading Trainer: Luca Cumani, 6 wins (1984, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1997, 1998)

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Alice Springs proves a class apart

Alice Springs gained her second QIPCO British Champions triumph of the season when repelling the determined challenge of Always Smile in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

In the process, she provided Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore each with their ninth triumphs in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series.

Sent off the 13-8 favourite after victories in the Falmouth Stakes and Matron Stakes, the filly always looked the most likely winner under Ryan Moore.

“She picked up very well and she was just dossing a little bit when I got serious with her but she found a bit more,” said Moore. “She is a very good filly.”

O’Brien said: “She is an unbelievable filly. She is a real big powerhouse now. She has gone very pacey and has a lot of speed. She is a very exciting filly.

“Deauville [when well beaten] that’s the past. She travels very strong and quickens very well. She might go to America for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“She ran very well at Keeneland last year and is a very professional filly. She got there travelling very well. Ryan seemed to be very happy. His body language looked happy. We were delighted with her really.”

Arabian Queen tried to make all, but Always Smile and then Alice Springs swooped past.

It initially looked as if Moore was going to run out an easy winner on the market leader, but Saeed bin Suroor’s four-year-old made her pull out all the stops.

Three-quarters of a length separated them at the line, with Ervedya staying on strongly but too late in the day to claim third.

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The Course

Newmarket is known as the “Home of Racing” - and who would argue?

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Certainly not James I, the first notable fan who built a palace in the Suffolk town in 1605. Racing fanatic Charles II followed suit, establishing the first horse race ever run in Britain under written rules. The Rowley Mile Racecourse, indeed – one of two at Newmarket, the other being the July Course – is named after his favourite hack, Old Rowley.

Today, Newmarket is horseracing’s centre of the Universe, with 2,500 thoroughbreds in training, shared by 75 licensed trainers and spread out over 2,800 acres of training grounds. Oh, and there’s also enough space left over for 65 stud farms, including the National Stud, and Tattersalls, the biggest horse sales company in Europe.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, one of Britain’s five Classics, is hosted by Newmarket. The race was first run in 1809. The venue also stages the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Getting there

Newmarket Racecourses,
Westfield House,
The Links,
Newmarket,
Suffolk,
CB8 0TG

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