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The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes

3.00pm Newmarket

Saffron Beach
  • Distance 1m
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £250,000
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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: Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien – three wins each.

Previous winners

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No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Saffron Beach gets her day in the Sun Chariot

Jane Chapple-Hyam filly relishes conditions at Newmarket in emphatic victory

Saffron Beach delivered an emphatic front running performance to land the Group 1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Jane Chapple-Hyam was bullish about her fillies’ chances ahead of the race, and the confidence proved spot on. Saffron Beach was always comfortable bowling along in front as two groups formed early on.

At halfway the tough conditions began to take their toll. Falmouth Stakes winner and second favourite Snow Lantern was one of the first under heavy pressure and was relegated near the back.

No such problems for William Buick and Saffron Beach who upped the tempo further. She powered clear by two lengths and with very little going with her in behind, the writing was on the wall.

It was left to favourite Mother Earth to try and close the ever-growing gap. It was all in vain however, as Saffron Beach galloped all the way up the slope on the Rowley Mile and seal the victory.


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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.

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