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The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes

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Roly Poly and Ryan Moore (orange and blue) winning The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
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History

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 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): Ryan Moore, 3 wins (2014, 2016, 2017)

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

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Laurens shines bright in Sun Chariot Stakes

Laurens could run on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in a fortnight after landing the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Karl Burke’s stable star was winning her fifth Group 1 in the space of the year, although it was her first in a Champions Series contest.

Danny Tudhope, once again deputising for the injured PJ McDonald, was content to go stride for stride with Happily through the early stages.

Laurens soon started to pressure her rivals though, and with a furlong and a half to run, Tudhope was still motionless with everyone else hard at work.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Happily did eventually rally and Laurens, the 11-4 favourite, only had a head to spare at the line with Roger Varian’s Altyn Orda in third.

Burke said: “I might have been cursing the rain if she’d got collared. Danny said on that ground she was changing her legs, dancing and hopping around.

“She’s a great filly. Two out, I thought she was going to bolt up and she just needed the line in the last 100 yards.

“She was on the go before Christmas, just gently back in working towards the Guineas. She had a nice break after the Prix Diane and that was the best thing we did all year.”

He added: “She could be supplemented for the QEII, she’s already in the Champion Stakes and there’s two options at the Breeders’ Cup so we’ve got a bit to discuss and the main thing is to make sure she’s A1.”

O’Brien said of Happily: “I’m delighted with her run, she ran a great race. She ran a stormer in the Irish Guineas and things have not quite fallen for her since, but she is a good filly. She could have a look at Ascot or America.”

The supplemented Wind Chimes finished a distant last and a post-race examination showed the Andre Fabre-trained filly had an irregular heartbeat.

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The Course

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

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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