Star fillies head Chariot race

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 1 year ago

Elusive Kate and Sky Lantern, who fought out a controversial finish to the Falmouth Stakes, could renew rivalry in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The John Gosden-trained Elusive Kate got the verdict by a neck after hanging left in the closing stages. She survived a stewards’ inquiry and an appeal by Sky Lantern’s connections.

The latter’s trainer Richard Hannon has a second string to his bow in Maureen.

There are now 11 fillies and mares in the one-mile Group One at the confirmation stage with the Kevin Prendergast-trained La Collina being supplemented to the tune of �16,000.

She was fourth in this race last year but had not won for more than two years until landing the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown earlier this month.

The two other Irish-trained possibles are David Wachman’s Duntle and Say from Aidan O’Brien’s stable.

Just The Judge, winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas, has been left in by trainer Charlie Hills while a quality list is completed by Beatrice Aurore, Chigun, Integral and Purr Along.

Prendergast admitted he meant to give La Collina an entry following her creditable effort 12 months ago.

“We made a little mistake about the entry. She was in it last year and ran a good race to finish fourth,” said the County Kildare trainer.

“I think she is much better this time, so I’m hoping she runs a good race. If she reaches the first three, we’ll be highly delighted.

“She’s won two Group Ones, so we were entitled to pay the money to supplement her.”

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