The Sun Chariot Stakes (Saturday 4pm) is a one-mile group-1 race run at Newmarket which is open to fillies aged 3 or older. It is named after Sun Chariot, the horse who won the Triple Crown in 1942, and was awarded its group-1 status in 2004.
Three-year-olds have come out marginally on top in the last decade with 4 winners, though only one of those came in the last 7 years, in which time 5 older French-Trained horses have been successful. However, the only trainers to have had a previous winner, who are represented today, are Aidan O’Brien and Mick Channon. Meanwhile, Ryan Moore, Christophe Lemaire and Pierre Charles Boudot have all previously ridden a winner of the race, and have a ride today.
Nine runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Sun Chariot Stakes.
The 4-year-old has only had 8 runs in her life, and could yet find some improvement for her inform trainer. She needs to though, as she was beaten 2-lengths in the Duke of Cammidge by Usherette, and the same margin by Alice Springs in the Falmouth.
Finest moment came when beating Golden Horn on soft ground in the 2015 Juddmonte International. However, she looked short of pace over this trip last season, and has been tackling longer distances of late.
Only had 3 runs so far this season, and looked to be somewhere near her best when third behind Ribchester and Vadamos in a French Group-1. She should love the quicker ground here, and fits many of the keys recent stats being an older French-Trained runner.
Beaten 11-times since winning a Listed Race on her second start, and it’s hard to see her claiming a win at the top-table.
Group-3 winner, but held on several lines of collateral form.
Won her last 4 races in South Africa, including two grade-1 races. Impossible to equate her form with the European horses – but can’t be dismissed.
Broke the track record when winning the Falmouth Stakes, and put a poor run in France behind her when winning Irish Group-1 last time. Will be hard to beat if at her best, and has run well on all four course starts, including a close fourth in the 6-furlong Cheveley Park, winning the Tattersalls Millions, third in the 1,000 Guineas, and the aforementioned Falmouth Stakes.
Rated 10lb lower than Alice Springs, but even that looks to flatter her after she’s been 7-lengths or more on her last 3 runs.
Second to Qemah in France on her last run gives her a squeak, though there’s a nagging suspicion that she’s just below top-class.
Sun Chariot Stakes Tip
If Alice Springs turns-up in the form she was in when winning the Falmouth she will be very hard to beat, and conditions should be ideal if they remain on the quick side. However, if her poor run in France in between her group-1 wins puts you off taking a short-price, then Ervedya looks a decent each-way play against her being a top-class, older French filly.