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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: Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien – three wins each.

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Nazeef shines brightest to win Sun Chariot

The John Gosden trained filly takes home a second Group 1 win of the season

Another Saturday and yet another big race victory for John Gosden, Jim Crowley and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

A high-class renewal of the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes saw five Group 1 winners line up on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. Much of the pre-race talk centred around the hugely improved Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees and her quest for further Group 1 honours on the other side of the Irish Sea.

But it was to be Tattersalls’ Falmouth Stakes winner Nazeef who prevailed in the Soft conditions. Winning in the end by a length and a half from Half Light, with Richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits back in third.

Nazeef’s next engagement could see her head back to Ascot to contest the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) on QIPCO British Champions Day. The mare, who showed a fondness for the Berkshire venue earlier in the year when winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, is currently a 10/1 shot for the race.

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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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