Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
Group 1 Fillies, Newmarket 15:15
£266,875 added,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Saturday 6th October 2018


1 Laurens 11/4F
2 Happily 8/1
3 Altyn Orda 25/1
9 ran NR: Wilamina Distances: hd, 2¼l, 3l
Time: 1m 37.94s (slow by 2.94s)

A fifth Group 1 win for Laurens, who wears her heart on her sleeve

© Racehorse Photos

Karl Burke's Laurens was reappearing just three weeks after winning the Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend and with Danny Tudhope once again deputising for the injured PJ McDonald, he was content to go stride for stride with Happily through the early stages.

Laurens soon started to pressure her rivals though, and with a furlong and a half to run, Tudhope was still motionless with everyone else hard at work.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Happily did eventually rally and Laurens, the 11-4 favourite, only had a head to spare at the line with Roger Varian's Altyn Orda in third. The supplemented Wind Chimes was disappointing, finishing a distant last.

Tudhope said: "She's been a great spare ride, I'm very grateful to Karl and PJ for putting me forward.

"She was probably a bit fresh and keen today. He (Donnacha O'Brien on Happily) was trying to steady it up, but I thought I'd go on at my own pace.

"She's done it well and is very tough. I was hoping she'd relax more and she did, she got the job done and is a super filly.

"PJ is hoping to be back for the Breeders' Cup if she goes there."

Burke said: "I might have been cursing the rain if she'd got collared. Danny said on that ground she was changing her legs, dancing and hopping around.

"She's a great filly. Two out, I thought she was going to bolt up and she just needed the line in the last 100 yards.

"She was on the go before Christmas, just gently back in working towards the Guineas. She had a nice break after the Prix Diane and that was the best thing we did all year.

"We've got that scalp back off Billesdon Brook (1000 Guineas winner who finished fifth).

"She could be supplemented for the QEII, she's already in the Champion Stakes and there's two options at the Breeders' Cup so we've got a bit to discuss and the main thing is to make sure she's A1."

Mathematician Betting

Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£266,875 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (9) Laurens (FR) 11/4f D Tudhope
K R Burke 3
2nd (10) hd Happily (IRE) 8/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (1) Altyn Orda (IRE) 25/1 S De Sousa
R Varian 3
4th (5) 3 I Can Fly 12/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 3
5th (4) ½ Billesdon Brook 14/1 James Doyle
R Hannon 3
6th (6) 1 Veracious 7/1 L Dettori
Sir Michael Stoute 3
7th (3) ½ Aljazzi 20/1 C O'Donoghue
M Botti 5
8th (7) Clemmie (IRE) 6/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
9th (2) 68 Wind Chimes 3/1 P C Boudot
A Fabre 3
NR (8) Wilamina (IRE) Fran Berry
M Meade 5