Gosden and O’Brien do battle again in competitive Sun Chariot Stakes
It’s all about the girls at Newmarket on Saturday with some top fillies and mares preparing for the Sun Chariot Stakes.
And as with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last weekend, once again it’s top trainers John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien who go to battle with the two leading fancies.
Just as at Chantilly, it’s Gosden who’s fancied to get the better of his old adversary with Persuasive.
After coming up short at this level twice before the four-year-old is a 7/2 chance to land a maiden Group 1 success.
Frankie Dettori, who last won this renewal in 1992, will be looking to ride a first-ever winner for Gosden in this contest.
However, they’ll face strong competition from O’Brien’s challenger Roly Poly, who is a 4/1 shot.
The three-year-old has won twice at this level already this season, including when landing the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
In this company, we think that the daughter of War Front has what it takes to land a second successive renewal for the yard.
Qemah comes next at 6/1. The Irish-bred raider has finished behind the two market leaders in the Matron Stakes and Prix Rothschild this season. She’s not fancied to reverse those placings.
Usherette is an interesting prospect at the same price. She’s done most of her racing in France this season but did land a Listed race last time out. The five-year-old will need a career-best performance here to land the top prize for trainer and 2015 winner Andre Fabre.
Aljazzi is 7/1 to continue her progression on the Rowley Mile. The daughter of Shamardal has come up short before when faced with some of Saturday’s opponents. However, she comes into this off an impressive 3l win in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown last month. To be respected.
Siyoushake is next up at 10/1. The five-year-old is an interesting proposition having finished fourth in last year’s renewal. She’s won a couple of Group 3s on the continent and should be there or thereabouts.
Muffri’Ha and Nathra are priced up as 14/1 shots. The former is yet to make waves at black-type level while Nathra hasn’t won in over year. Gosden’s second-string isn’t likely to break her duck her top level duck here against classier opponents.
Spangled is 28/1 to continue her comeback with a win, as is Tomyris after a promising run in the Sceptre Stakes last time out.
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