Sun Chariot Stakes Betting Tips
Named after the famed winner of the fillies’ Triple Crown in 1942, the Sun Chariot Stakes is one of the final Group 1 races of the flat racing season before we turn our attention fully to the jumps.
The race is run over one mile on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket and is open to fillies and mares aged three and older.
There have been some top class winners of this race in recent years and we’re set for another cracking renewal on Saturday afternoon.
What to Look for in a Sun Chariot Winner
The Sun Chariot Stakes dates back to 1966 and so we’ve got plenty of the previous form to go on in terms of key stats and trends when looking for a winner.
Sprinters and long distance horses are known as the specialists of flat racing but the mile is a specialist distance of its own. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the vast majority of recent winners have previous wins over eight furlongs.
In terms of the quality of horse to look for, 11 of the last 13 winners of the Sun Chariot Stakes had already claimed a win at Group level while the same number had won at least three races before.
It’s also interesting to note that horses trained in France have won five of the last eight renewals.
Past Five Winners
2016 – Alice Springs, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Aidan O’Brien
2015 – Esoterique, ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, trained by André Fabre
2014 – Integral, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sir Michael Stoute
2013 – Sky Lantern, ridden by Richard Hughes, trained by Richard Hannon
2012 – Siyouma, ridden by Gerald Mosse, trained by François Doumen
The Absence of Winter Opens This Race Up
In the earlier stages of the ante-post betting for the 2017 Sun Chariot Stakes, Winter was a very popular option. However, Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old disappointed in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and she won’t now compete at Newmarket.
That opens up the race and, indeed, the betting. There are five horses rated at 8/1 or shorter in the current market but it’s Persuasive who goes in as the early favourite.
John Gosden’s four-year-old finished strongly last year but it’s not been the season that connections hoped for her so far. Persuasive has only appeared twice and while she was far from disgraced, the lack of a win is the big worry for favourite-backers.
Persuasive will certainly get lots of support in the ante-post betting and on the day of the race but we think there are at least two more appealing options.
Roly Poly the Classy Option from Ballydoyle
Aidan O’Brien did not enter Roly Poly into any of the British Classics this season but that does not mean that she lacks class.
Far from it.
The three-year-old finished second to Winter in both the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes before kicking on to win back to back Group 1s at Newmarket and Deauville.
She may be up against stiffer competition in the Sun Chariot Stakes and she was a little disappointing at Leopardstown last time out but bouncing back is well within her capabilities.
We make Roly Poly the one to beat at 4/1 with Coral.
Fabre Hoping to Usher in Another Win in This Race
We mentioned earlier that French trainers have an impressive record in the Sun Chariot Stakes and André Fabre is one of those trainers who has risen to the challenge in recent years.
Fabre won the race with Esoterique two years ago and he’s very excited about his chances of winning again this time around with Usherette.
She may be five now but Usherette is still lightly raced and therefore has plenty of gas left in the tank. She came very close to defending the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot and has produced the goods on all sorts of ground.
Connections are confident about another big performance and so are we so back Usherette each-way at 8/1 with Boylesports.