Laurens heads Sun Chariot hopefuls at Newmarket

Wind Chimes supplemented for the Group One heat over a mile

  • Monday 01 October
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Laurens will face a maximum of 12 rivals when she goes in search of a fifth Group One victory in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Karl Burke’s star filly won the Prix Saint-Alary and the French Oaks over a mile and a quarter earlier in the season before disappointing when stepped up to a mile and a half for the Yorkshire Oaks.

Laurens showed her true colours back at a mile in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown three weeks ago, however, seeing off the now-retired wonder-filly Alpha Centauri, and she is likely to be a warm order to add to her tally this weekend.

Andre Fabre won the 2015 Sun Chariot with Esoterique and looks to have another major contender after supplementing Wind Chimes.

The daughter of Mastercraftsman was a dominant winner of a Group Three on her penultimate start and was only narrowly denied by Recoletos in the Prix du Moulin on her latest outing.

Fabre said on Monday: “Wind Chimes has done well since her narrow defeat in the Prix du Moulin. She worked this morning and I was happy with her, so we decided to supplement her.

“She also holds an entry in the Prix de l’Opera (at ParisLongchamp) on Sunday, but that would have been a big step up in distance for her.”

Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Clemmie, Happily and I Can Fly.

Other contenders include Richard Hannon’s Billesdon Brook, who narrowly beat Laurens when claiming a shock victory in the 1000 Guineas over this course and distance in the spring, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Veracious and Aljazzi from Marco Botti’s yard.

Laurens heads Sun Chariot hopefuls at Newmarket
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