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The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes

Roly Poly and Ryan Moore (orange and blue) winning 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 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)

Previous winners

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Roly Poly leaves slim pickings for rivals

Aidan O’Brien chalked up a record eleventh success in this year’s QIPCO Champion Series with the victory of Roly Poly in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

O’Brien achived ten wins in the Series last year but has now raised the bar higher again, with QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 21 still to come.

Roly Poly’s win also gave the trainer a 23rd Group One success this year – just two short of the late Bobby Frankel’s world record achieved in 2003.

Roly Poly put up a typically gutsy performance – responding generously to Ryan Moore’s urgings.

Moore had Roly Poly (4-1) smartly out of the stalls and despite being unable to grab the far rail which Dawn Of Hope occupied, was always in a good position.

Dawn Of Hope led briefly, but Roly Poly rallied and went ahead again and was able to hold off Persuasive (9-4 favourite) by a length. Nathra was a length and a quarter away in third, giving Jimmy Fortune a fine spin on his last ride before retirement.

O’Brien said: “She’s a great filly, with a great heart. She’s tactical and tough, amazing really. She’s incredibly bred, out of a very good Galileo mare and by War Front, and the lads do a great job with her at home.”

She is now likely to head to next month’s Breeders’ Cup.

John Gosden said of Persuasive and Nathra: “They both ran superbly well. The winner on this ground was too good for us.

“With a bit more juice in the ground, both of our fillies would have troubled the winner. They have run second and third and I could not be more thrilled with them. They have run true and honest right to the end of the season.

“I think that will probably be it for both of them and the breeding sheds beckon.”

Fortune said: “It is a bit emotional, really. She is a very tough filly and could have done with a bit of juice in the ground, but she would have probably only been second, to be honest.”


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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.

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