An overview of Saturday’s Sun Chariot Stakes-
Aljazzi: Sharmadal x Nouriya (Danehill Dancer)
Winner of the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes by three lengths last time out, but returned 10th in the 1000 Guineas in her last Group 1 attempt. However she has grown up a year since then, and finished 2nd just three quarters of a length behind Qemah in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. She has been kept fresh going into the race, which has been her big target, and can seemingly run on any ground, as she has wins Good, Good-Firm and Soft.
Dawn Of Hope: Mastercraftsman x Sweet Firebird (Sadlers Wells)
She hasn’t won since November 2016, so it might be a difficult task for her. However, has good form on Good-Soft, which is looking to be the going on Saturday. Her dam is group placed over 10 & 12 furlongs and sire has good form over sprinting (6 furlongs) and mile distances. Sprinters crossed with middle distancers is becoming one of the perfect crosses for milers, which is an advantage to Dawn Of Hope. However, definitely would be a tough ask against a good field.
Intimation: Dubawi x Infallible (Pivotal)
Was fifth to Aljazzi last time out, so recent form would suggest she doesn’t have the best chance here. However, all of her wins came on Good-Soft or Soft-Heavy ground, so should the heavens open, she is in with a good chance. Her dam was a talented racemare, 1000 Guineas placed and 1st in the Nell Gwyn stakes, so she has pedigree on her side too. She is 5, so she is getting on a bit and is up against some good younger horses, but should the going turn soft then she is in with a good chance.
Muffri’Ha: Iffraaj x Grecian Dancer (Dansili)
Won last time out on Good-Soft ground, but an extreme step up in class from what she’s been racing in. Finshed ahead of Aljazzi in a Group 2 in May. Was running against colts in March, and placed. Needs a bit of luck, but if ahe runs with the constitency she has been in her recent races she’s in with a chance.
Nathra: Iffraaj x Rada (Danehill)
Finished 2nd to since Group 1 winner Acclaim by 3/4 length last time out, and finished well. Came 2nd in the Atalanta stakes before that too. Has won twice on soft, so might prefer a little bit of rainfall.
Persuasive: Dark Angel x Choose Me (Choisir)
The choice ride of Frankie Detorri, has won on Good-Soft. Comes from a sprinting family, by Dark Angel out of a Choisir mare. However her dam, Choose Me won over 1mile 2furlongs, so had the potential to be competitive over the mile trip. Beaten by Hydrangea and Winter last time out, but beat Qrmah and Roly Poly, who are also running. Also beat since Group 1 winner Rhododendron. Won at Royal Ascot on soft ground, so going shouldn’t be a problem.
Qemah: Danehill Dancer x Kartica (Rainbow Quest)
Group 1 winner at 3, and a Group 3 win on soft ground. Recent form isn’t so convincing though, with a 5th last time out and a fourth to Roly Poly in the Prix Rothschild before that. Won in June, the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Needs to be on top of it, but if she runs at her top form it will almost definitely be a winning run.
Siyoushake: Siyouni x Shakeyourbody (Giant’s Causeway)
Fourth in this race last year. This season is becoming one of her best, having several places in two competitive Group 1s including last time out. Hasn’t raced since August, so has been kept fresh for this race. Has won on soft, so again the ground isn’t a problem.
Spangled: Starspangledbanner x Zykina (Pivotal)
13th of 18 last time out in a Group 3 and only form on soft is a losing run coming 13th out of 14. Her dam was unraced. A tough ask and one to rule out as a winner.
Usherette: Sharmadal x Monday Show (Marias Mon)
Won at Maisons-Laffitte on soft ground last time out. However, could only manage 6th in the Prix Rothschild. Was very promising as a 3 year old, but unlikely to return to that form. If the going gets soft it won’t effect her majorly.
Alluringly: Fastnet Rock x All For Glory (Giants Causeway)
3lbs better off than most of the field. She’s usually raced over further, so a step down in trip for her. Wasn’t the first choice of Ryan Moore, so that shows that she might be the lesser talented of the two Ballydoyle fillies. Was 5th last time out as well as 5th in the Yorkshire Oaks. Doesn’t have a going preference so hopefully it won’t affect her if it rains.
Arabian Hope: Distorted Humor x Achieving (Bernandini)
Was last seen winning a Group 3 at Valiefendi racecourse. Again she is a three year old so she gets to carry 3lbs less than the rest of the field. Came 10th of 10 in the Prix Rothschild, but placed in the Falmouth Stakes. However, she might prefer further as her Group 3 win at Valiefendi was over 1m 4f. Has never been on anything worse than Good-Soft, so she might not relish the showers that are forecast.
Roly Poly: War Front x Misty For Me (Galileo)
Dual Group 1 and Ryan Moore’s choice of the two Ballydoyle fillies. A rare below-par effort last time out, but won’t be out of place here. Isn’t used to running on Good-Soft so if the track gets too wet I’d imagine she’ll be withdrawn.
Tomyris: Invincible Spirit x Totally Devoted (Seeking The Gold)
Won twice at the start of the season, and did well in her two thirds. However, she has never raced in anything this high of a calibre before, so she may be out of her comfort zone. Going doesn’t seem to affect her racing.
The three I think are going to be the most competitive are Aljazzi, Roly Poly and Persuasive and I think that if Roly Poly gets back to her early season form she could return a three time Group 1 Winner. For an outside chance I would go for Siyoushake who has placed in some good races this year, including the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet last time out- Evie