Weekend Preview – Laurens To Shine In Chariot Stakes

Laurens (Left)


Premier Fillies’ Handicap

John Gosden’s Scentasia has gone up the bones of twenty-pounds for two recent victories at Yarmouth. She’s undoubtedly an improving sort but I think she needs good ground and will struggle on the forecast soft ground here.

Eva Maria hasn’t finished outside the first three in four career starts to date and stayed on well over this trip at Ayr. A mark of 88 looks fine and she’s the one to beat. Nearooz was won three of her six starts so far and won well off just a four-pound lower mark at Lingfield. She continues to improve and should go well.

Of the outsiders, Nkosikazi who steps up in trip for the first time looks interesting and with the champion apprentice in the plate, she must be considered.

Selection: Eva Maria 

£150,000 Tattersalls Auction Stakes

This valuable sales race looks all about Under The Stars who’s top-rated here having won a Group 3 at Ascot earlier in the season and having run well in the Lowther, Moyglare and Rockfel. This is by far and away the best form on offer and she’ll take all the beating.

Under The Stars

Archie Watson is a dab hand with his two-year-old and must have a chance with Lambeth Walk who won her first two starts and has run well in defeat in some good Group races since then. This may not be enough to win but she should sneak into the places.

Another worth considering for the place purposes is Angel Grey who broke her maiden two starts back and then just missed out in a Goodwood nursery. Andrew Balding’s runners generally improve with racing and should run well.

Selection: Under The Stars

Sun Chariot Stakes

Three-year-olds have won the last three runnings of this Group 1 contest with the likes of Laurens, Alice Springs and Sky Lantern all recent winners. The aforementioned Laurens bids for back to back victories but hasn’t quite been the force of old this season. That being said she’s still won a Group 1 this year at Deauville. She was a beaten favourite at Leopardstown on Champions Day behind Iridessa but can bounce back here.

Hermosa started the season with a bang by landing the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and then followed this up in the Irish equivalent. She followed this up with good runs in the Coronation Stakes and just behind Iridessa in the Matron Stakes. She’s rock-slid and should be involved at the business end.

Iridessa won the Pretty Poly earlier in the season and put in a career-best performance in the Matron Stakes. If she reproduces that run then she’ll go close.

The likely race favourite Veracious made all to gamely land the Falmouth when last seen, That was by far a personal best but I’m not convinced that she’ll back it up now.

Selection: Laurens


Rous Stakes

Dakota Gold has been in the form of his life recently winning four on the bounce including a listed race beating the re-opposing Danzeno and a runner-up finish in a Group 3. I think the winning streak isn’t finished and he’ll take all the beating.

Dakota Gold (Left)

The aforementioned Danzeno always seems to run his race and although he should once again give his running I think he’s better over six and will struggle to turn the tables with Dakota Gold.

Tis Marvellous was a Group 2 winner as a juvenile and seems have recaptured that form this season with a victory in a big course and distance handicap. Others of note include Intense Romance, Poetry and Maygold.

Selection: Dakota Gold

Cumberland Lodge Stakes

Just the seven go to post here for this Group 3 event with Ormonde winner Morando looking the most likely winner. He wasn’t beaten far in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes behind Technician and he’s the one to beat.

The well-bred Faylaq is out of Arc winner Danedream and was very impressive at Kempton at the end of last month. He’s bred to excel over this trip and is one to watch for the future. Wells Farhh Go took the Bahrain Trophy Stakes last season but hasn’t been in the same form of late and needs to bounce back following a poor run in the Ebor.

Selection: Faylaq

Challenge Cup

Kynren has been a model of consistency all season without winning and has been creeping up the handicap all the time. That being said he’s holding his form and should once again go close. Another horse that’s had plenty of racing without winning this season is Ripp Orf from the David Elsworth yard. He’s been just touched off the last twice and there is still a race in him off a mark of 96.

Raising Sand

Raising Sand has been lightly-raced this season but has already won a heritage handicap over course and distance off a six-pound lower mark. He should still be competitive off his current mark and must enter calculations.

David O’Meara runs Summerghand who’s yet to win in the current campaign but has been laced in some of the top handicaps throughout the year. He runs off a career-high mark but is the selection od Danny Tudhope so should run well. 

Selection: Kynren

Bengough Stakes

This race can be boiled down to three main protagonists with Tabdeed, Cape Byron and Donjuan Triumphant. Owen Burrows lightly-raced Tabdeed only defeat came in the Jersey last season and is on a real upward curve so is one to follow.

Cape Byron

Cape Byron landed a notable handicap double earlier this season by winning the Victoria Cup and Wokingham Stakes. He ran a fine race in the City of York Stakes back in August is my selection.

Donjuan Triumphant has been contesting some of the top races this season without success and will appreciate this step down in class but will be found wanting for win purposes.

Selection: Cape Byron 


Two-Year-Old Trophy

This is Redcar’s flagship arce with nearly £100,000 on offer for the winner. and Summer Sands looks most likely to bag the prize. Richard Fahey’s inmate ran a cracker in the Gimcrack and then followed it up by finishing third in the Middle Park behind Earthlight. Those runs represent the best form in here and it’s hard to see him being beaten.

The gelded Troubador hasn’t finished out of the first two since his debut and a mark of 101 gives him leading claims. However, I can’t see him beating the favourite. Mark Johnston’s Desert Safari has looked good in two starts thus far and although he’s been a drifter in the past couple of days, he’s a nice type and should go close.

Windsor Castle third Glasvegas landed the prohibitive odds at Hamilton most recently and could sneak into the places for the Keith Dalgleish.

Selection: Summer Sands

Weekend Preview – Laurens To Shine In Chariot Stakes
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