French connection thrives at New­mar­ket

THE Sun Char­iot Stakes has tra­di­tion­ally fea­tured a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion from France.

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Rod Col­let recorded a hat­trick of wins be­tween 2009 and 2011 with his star mare Sah­presa, Fran­cois Doumen trained 2012 win­ner Siy­ouma, while An­dre Fabre sad­dled Eso­terique to win in 2015.

To­day’s re­newal at New­mar­ket sees Time­form’s weight-ad­justed rat­ings topped by Fabre’s re­cent Prix du Moulin de Longchamp run­ner-up Wind Chimes.

She looked un­lucky when a close third to Tep­pal in the Poule d’Es­sai des Pouliches at Longchamp in May, fin­ish­ing best from a poor draw, and duly showed a good turn of foot when win­ning the Group 3 Prix de Lieurey at Deauville in Au­gust.

She bet­tered that form sig­nif­i­cantly when a head se­cond to Reco­le­tos in the Moulin last time, and looks a lead­ing con­tender de­spite the prospect of tack­ling quick ground for the first time (dam won on good-tosoft, sire acted on any ground).

Lau­rens is bred to stay well on the distaff side of her pedi­gree (dam a 1¼m14.5f win­ner), how­ever she ap­pears to have taken more speed from her sire Siy­ouni whose wins in­cluded the then seven-fur­long JeanLuc La­gardere.

Lau­rens’ own vic­to­ries at two in­cluded the Fil­lies’ Mile here, and she’s since added three more Groups 1s, most re­cently the Ma­tron Stakes af­ter fail­ing to stay the 1½m trip in the York­shire Oaks. She won by three quar­ters of a length from Al­pha Cen­tauri at Leop­ard­stown (Clem­mie beaten two lengths in an eye-catch­ing never-nearer third, Hap­pily two and a quar­ter lengths fur­ther back in fifth), and though it emerged that the run­ner-up had suf­fered an in­jury dur­ing the race, the tough and gen­uine Lau­rens should not be taken lightly.

While Lau­rens will be rid­den promi­nently, I Can Fly is likely to be held up. She has re­sumed her progress of late, eas­ily win­ning a listed race at Kil­lar­ney in Au­gust be­fore an un­lucky-in-run­ning fifth at Tip­per­ary a week later. She pro­duced a ca­reer-best ef­fort when com­ing from last to first to win the Boomerang Stakes at Leop­ard­stown last time by one and three quar­ter lengths from Kenya.

For those wor­ried about her poor run be­hind Billes­don Brook in the 1000 Guineas, it might be more san­guine to re­mem­ber her close third to Alytn Orda in the Oh So Sharp Stakes last year.

Clem­mie was the lead­ing two-year-old filly of 2017, win­ning three times, in­clud­ing the Cheve­ley Park here, but she hasn't looked her­self since suf­fer­ing a set­back ear­lier this sea­son.

She pro­duced a cred­itable ef­fort when third to Lau­rens in the Ma­tron, but needs to im­prove, though the fact that Ryan Moore rides sug­gests a bet­ter run is ex­pected.

Billes­don Brook sprang a 66/1 shock when beat­ing Lau­rens by a length and three quar­ters in the Guineas, and though she hasn’t been able to re­pro­duce that level when fourth in both the Coronation Stakes at Royal As­cot or Nas­sau Stakes at Good­wood, she has been far from dis­graced on each oc­ca­sion. She won’t be in­con­ve­nienced by the drop back to a mile.

Oh So Sharp win­ner Al­tyn Orda was fifth in the Guineas but bet­tered that form when do­ing best of those who chased home Al­pha Cen­tauri in the Fal­mouth in July, for all she was beaten by four and a half lengths. Al­tyn Orda dis­ap­pointed in the Cel­e­bra­tion Mile last time, though, and needs to bounce back.

Six of the last nine re­newals have been won by older fil­lies and mares, an age group led by Al­jazzi this year. She won the Duke of Cam­bridge Stakes at Royal As­cot in June but was be­low form when only fourth to With You in the Prix Roth­schild at Deauville last time, un­suit- ed by the way the race de­vel­oped.

She’s been given a break since, but could only man­age ninth when not ideally placed in this race a year ago.

Wil­am­ina was third to Al­jazzi at Royal As­cot but her last two runs have ex­posed her lim­i­ta­tions at this level, and she is easy to op­pose de­spite the drop in trip here be­ing in her favour.

Ve­ra­cious has pro­gressed with each of her five starts, in­clud­ing two at this level. She won the Ata­lanta Stakes at Sandown by one and a quar­ter lengths from Awe­sometank, not do­ing much once hit­ting the front.

She looks the type to take her form up an­other notch when granted a truly-run race, and is re­spected de­spite hav­ing a bit to find on rat­ings.

Late comer: I Can Fly will be held up

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