The 2020 Sun Chariot Stakes takes place at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday 3 October. The race is a Group1 for fillies and mares and it is run over and a mile. This year’s edition has attracted a competitive field of 12 runners who are set to battle it out on soft ground that could yet turn heavy.
There are plenty of 110+ rated fillies in this year’s line-up and that suggests Feliciana De Vega, Lady Bowthorpe, Lavendar’s Blue, Cloak of Spirits, and Final Song will have to put up a career-best performance by some way to win. It may also be wise to rule out those horses that have yet to win on soft or even softer ground.
Veracious hasn’t run too badly on her two attempts on soft ground but she faded in the final furlong on both occasions. She was also outstayed at the finish when runner-up last year. Peaceful was also only just beaten when encountering heavy ground for the only time, but that form was a long way short of her win in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on good-to-firm.
Champers Elysees also beat Peaceful fair and square on good ground recently and Johnny Murtagh’s rapidly improving filly has won on soft. Murtagh must also think he has the beating of Half Light, who finished just in front of another of his decent fillies last time. The worry about Champers Elysees is this is her third race in four weeks and others look to have been laid out specifically for this race.
That leaves us with three fillies who contested the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes in July. Nazeef came out on top on that occasion, but she was in great form at the time and seems to have gone off the boil since. It could be that 10-furlongs didn’t suit her on her last two runs and she could again go close back at a mile.
Second that day was Billesdon Brook and she’s a real course and distance specialist having won the 2000 Guineas two years ago and the 2019 edition of this race. She looks overpriced at double-figure odds on that form, but the Richard Hannon stable is lukewarm at present.
Terebellum is our Sun Chariot Stakes tip. John Gosden’s filly was odds-on to win the Falmouth Stakes, but front-running tactics seemed to backfire. She’s expected to be held up this time and you can back this top-rated filly, who should relish the conditions, at each-odds.
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