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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Newmarket: Springs shows her class to win Sun Chariot

Posted: 1st Oct 2016

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Alice Springs: finds plenty to win the Sun Chariot

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

Alice Springs claims
Sun Chariot crown

Report: Newmarket, Saturday

Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) 1m, fillies and mares, 3yo+

ALICE SPRINGS registered her third Group 1 success of the season when getting the better of a good tussle with Always Smile to win the Sun Chariot.

Alice Springs had produced a jet-propelled finish to win the Matron Stakes by three and a quarter lengths at Leopardstown last month and another wide-margin victory looked on the cards when she moved powerfully under Ryan Moore to take a share of the lead on the approach to the final furlong.

However, Always Smile knuckled down well and made the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly work hard to register a three-quarter-length success.

Ervedya ran creditably to finish third a length behind the principals.

'Dossing in front'

Winning rider Ryan Moore felt that Alice Springs may have been more superior than the winning margin implies. He said: "She picked up very well but she was just dossing a bit. As soon as I got serious with her though, she found a bit more. She's a very good filly."

Alice Springs, who made her first start of the season in April, was having her eighth race of the campaign but is clearly taking her racing well.

In addition to registering three Group 1 wins, Alice Springs has also finished placed in the 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She could bid for further top-level success, with a trip to the Breeders' Cup possibly on her agenda.

Moore added: "She's very well balanced and very professional. She was second in the fillies' race at Keeneland last year when the ground went soft and didn't really suit her. Santa Anita should suit her better."

She remains a 4-1 shot with Paddy Power to win the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Ervedya bows out

Jean Claude-Rouget revealed that Ervedya has probably run her last race. He said: "She ran very well and I think that will be it for her now. This year she has been third in a Jacques le Marois and now third in a Sun Chariot.

"She deserves to go to stud and I hope she can produce a champion."

Ervedya retires as the winner of three Group 1 races, with victories in the French 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and the Prix du Moulin in 2015.

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