BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR

KIRK HOPING FOR A BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR IN EBF BREEDERS' SERIES FILLIES HANDICAP

 
Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket.

Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.  

Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.

Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:

"She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”

David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:

"The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea.  Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”

The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them or retire them.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644

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Exciting nominations for the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and G1 Champions Mile

A total of 25 international Group 1 winners are among the 89 horses nominated for Hong Kongs two international spring features, the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) and the G1 Champions Mile, both staged at Sha Tin racecourse.


The AP QEII Cup on 27 April features last years winner Military Attack among its 55 nominations, and the horse currently rated the best 2000m turf runner on the planet  according to the LONGINES Worlds Best Racehorse Rankings  will have to be at his outstanding best to retain his title against strong competition from home and abroad. Six nations or jurisdictions have triumphed in the races 15 renewals since Audemars Piguet commenced its sponsorship in 1999, and this time the international stars nominated include such as The Fugue, Red Cadeaux, Cirrus Des Aigles, Its A Dundeel, Shamus Award, Boban and Vercingetorix.


Among the home competition, Akeed Mofeed proved himself a world-class opponent when winning the G1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) in December, as did Dominant with his success in the same days G1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m). An exciting new and relatively untapped threat also exists amongst the domestic entries in the shape of the recent HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winner Designs On Rome, whom his trainer John Moore rates as a bona fide international G1 competitor on a par with his former champion Viva Pataca, winner of the AP QEII Cup in 2007 and 2010.


Crack British mare The Fugue, a triple G1 winner and second in Novembers G1 Breeders Cup Turf, could head to the AP QEII Cup in a bid to avenge her arguably unlucky second-place finish in Decembers G1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), while 2012 Vase hero Red Cadeaux is also a possible British raider.


Australasian stars Boban and Its A Dundeel, first and second in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) recently, may aim to increase their impressive career G1 tallies in the renowned contest. They could be joined by Shamus Award, winner of the G1 Cox Plate (2000m) last year as well as the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on 1 March, who like Boban is also nominated for the Champions Mile.


South Africas Mike de Kock has won the AP QEII Cup twice (2006 Irridescence, 2008 Archipenko) and the trainer could bid for a third win with the hitherto unbeaten Vercingetorix, triumphant in the G1 Jebel Hatta (1800m) at Meydan on 8 March from fellow entrant, Godolphins Vancouverite.


French hero Cirrus Des Aigles is something of a Sha Tin regular and could attempt to better his third-place finish in Decembers G1 Hong Kong Cup. Meanwhile, G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) winner Just A Way and G1 Kikuka Sho victor Epiphaneia are among 11 nominated for the AP QEII Cup to represent Japan, successful in the past with Rulership (2012) and Eishin Preston (2002 & 2003).


Hong Kongs talented four-year-old crop is further represented by Hong Kong Derby third Dibayani, while the five-year-old Blazing Speed proved in winning the HKG1 Stewards Cup (1600m) in January that he is a force to reckon with  Tony Cruzs charge is one of 21 horses engaged in both the AP QEII Cup and the Champions Mile, which takes place seven days later on 4 May.

 

Dan Excel earned just reward for a string of sterling performances with a battling win in last years G1 Champions Mile and is likely to attempt a repeat in that contest this time. The race was opened to international competition in 2005 and a Hong Kong horse has won every edition, but this years 55 nominations, 39 of them overseas raiders, suggests that dominance could be under threat.

 

South Africa has two outstanding Champions Mile entrants in the G1 winners Variety Club and Soft Falling Rain, the latter successful in the 2013 G2 Godolphin Mile in Dubai. The French classic heroine Flotilla is also engaged, as is compatriot Mshawish, winner of the G2 Zabeel Mile at Meydan from British entrant Trade Storm. Also among the nominations are the US raiders Maltes, a G1 winner in Brazil, and Si Sage. 

 

Gordon Lord Byron may attempt to lift the prize for Ireland. The two-time G1 winner has finished fourth in the past two renewals of the G1 Hong Kong Mile, latterly behind the successful Glorious Days.

 

The John Size-trained Glorious Days saw off Gold-Fun to win that prestigious event in December and that Richard Gibson-trained rival, subsequently successful in the HKG1 Queens Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) from Dan Excel, is likely to oppose again. The pair and the exciting four-year-old Able Friend, winner of the HKG1 Hong Kong Classic Mile and second in the Hong Kong Derby, represent the pick of what is a classy Hong Kong contingent.

 

"Its good to see so many exciting horses nominated for this years renewals of the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and Champions Mile, said William A. Nader, the Hong Kong Jockey Clubs Executive Director of Racing. "Not only do we have a raft of international Group 1 stars and our established local champions eyeing up the two lucrative races, we also have the added spice of the very best from what appears to be an outstanding crop of Hong Kong four-year-olds ready to step into the fray and test their mettle.

 

"The 25 G1 winners nominated and the 47 horses that have placed at G1 level or have won or placed in Pattern races, reflect the broad appeal of our two spring showcases with those horses spanning 10 nations or jurisdictions across five continents and representing the best form lines from both the northern and southern hemispheres.