Legendary French trainer André Fabre this morning stumped up a £20,000 supplementary entry fee to enable Wind Chimes to take on Laurens in the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (6th October).
Following today’s supplementary and confirmation stage, 13 top class fillies remain engaged in this £266,875 fillies and mares contest, which is run over a straight mile and is the penultimate leg in the Mile category of the 2018 QIPCO British Champions Series.
The entry list is headed by the Karl Burke-trained Laurens, who is already proven over the course and distance having landed the Group 1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile last October and took her Group 1 victory tally to four by winning the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last month.
By contrast, Wind Chimes has yet to get her head in front in top-level company, though she was not far off when third in a blanket finish to the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches [French 1000 Guineas] in May, then went even closer on her latest outing when caught on the line and beaten a nose by Recoletos in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp on 9th September.
Already virtually assured of winning his 29th French Trainers Championship this season, Fabre has a good recent record in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot and won it three years ago with Esoterique.
Irish Champion Trainer Aidan O’Brien has landed both its subsequent renewals (with Alice Springs and Roly Poly) and could be three-handed on Saturday as he goes for the hat-trick. The improving I Can Fly, fresh from last month’s Group 2 Boomerang Stakes triumph, is one potential Ballydoyle runner while the Group 1 scorers Clemmie and Happily are the other two.
Saturday could also see a clash between the British and French Guineas heroines as Teppal, Wind Chimes’s conqueror in the Pouliches, is a potential runner alongside the shock 66-1 winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Billesdon Brook.
André Fabre, trainer of Wind Chimes, said:
“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 for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.”
“She has always been very good and I intended to run her in the 1000 Guineas in the spring but was unable to get her ready in time. You never know until the day how they will cope with the Rowley Mile’s undulations but it is a fair course with a good racing surface and she is a well-balanced filly.”
“She also holds an entry in the Prix de l’Opera [at Longchamp] on Sunday but that would have been a big step up in distance for her. You can be confident that she is well suited by a mile, so this was the obvious race for her.”
“Laurens has the highest rating in the race and if she runs to her best she will be difficult to beat, but it will be fun to have a go. Wind Chimes is a Group 1 filly – I am sure of that.”