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)