Sun Chariot Stakes Betting Tips, Odds and Offers, Newmarket, 2.40pm, 7 October 2017
Fillies and mares aged three and above are eligible to take part in this one mile contest which takes place on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. Three-year-olds enjoy a three pound advantage over older runners but only two of the last eight winners have been the minimum age. This year the Sun Chariot Stakes sees 13 declared runners and the going at Newmarket is forecast to be good.
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One thing which has been a consistent feature among the last seven Sun Chariot champions is that they’ve all had an official rating of 114. One of the horses ticking that box this time is Qemah (7/1, BetVictor) who needs to offer more than she did when at Leopardstown last month. Her four and a half-length defeat over one mile does not bode too well for her. Nor does the fact that her trainer and jockey are rather out of form at the moment. If you rule out Qemah then you have to rule out Aljazzi (7/1, Ladbrokes) too. The four-year-old exceeded all expectations when finishing second to Quemah in the Duke of Cambridge but she ran out of her skin that day and it’s hard to see where further improvements can come from.
It’s the 112-rated Persuasive who leads the betting, with her best price 3/1 with Coral. John Gosden has given her just the two starts this season and both have seen her run credibly but lacking in that cutting edge. At Leopardstown she found herself a short way behind Hydrangea and Winter but did at least finished ahead of Roly Poly (5/1, 888sport) who had previously beat her by nearly two lengths in Deauville. It’s hard to say who might come out on top this time but given that Persuasive has only the eight starts to her name, improvements seem more likely from the lightly raced filly.
As strong a claim as Persuasive has though, Andre Fabre’s Usherette is the one who offers the most appeal. The now five-year-old was so highly regarded last season when winning races such as the Duke of Cambridge and the Dahlia Stakes. Although she’s been unable to reach former heights this year, she has been showing signs that she is not too far from a revival. The narrow win at Maisons-Laffitte last month ended her losing streak and this could propel her to further success at Newmarket.
Each Way Options
Siyoushake finished fourth in this race 12 months ago and going better this time looks a real possibility as she approaches this renewal with two Group 1 placed finishes. Roly Poly bested her on one occasion but only by a quarter of a length so there doesn’t seem to be a great deal separating her and the second favourite. The five-year-old has really stepped up in quality since switching yard and at 12/1 with Coral she has to be backed each way.
Also offering appeal in the each way market is John Gosden’s Nathra (20/1, Coral) who has won on the Rowley Mile before. The bay filly put in some very credible performs at Group 2 & 3 last month and is hitting form at just the right time ahead of another big test.
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