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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A busy work morning saw the Michael Chang-trained Dibayani in early action on the turf track as he galloped 800m down the backstretch. John Moores four big-race contenders (Designs On Rome, Military Attack, Dominant and Same World) had been pencilled in for turf gallops but switched to the all-weather track.

With the locals back in their stables, it was the turn of the international contingent to stride out on the turf with South Africas Vercingetorix under Anthony Delpech and Sanshaawes in the hands of Olivier Doleuze going through their paces followed in succession by the Japanese raiders Uncoiled and the Yuichi Fukunaga-partnered Epiphaneia.

Vercingetorix, Sanshaawes and Epiphaneia each took a walk around the covered Sha Tin parade ring in preparation for Sunday.

 

Dibayani  HK

Went 800m on turf in company with Class 3 racer Geronimo Meadow and clocked 55.9s (29.6, 26.3)

Trainer Michael Chang said of the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby third: "He worked half a mile from the 1800m start on the turf. I was going to put him on the all-weather but today, with the rain weve had, I decided to send him on the grass. Im very happy with what he did this morning; hes in good form; hes 100 percent. This is his first time against older horses in an international Group 1, so we will just have to wait and see what he can do. They are all good, its a very strong race. Hes consistent, he has the right attitude, hes in good form  Im sure he will run a good race. If all goes well, if he pulls up okay after the race, we will go for the Champions & Chater Cup (HKG1 2400m) here next month. 

 

Designs On Rome  HK

Worked 1200m on the all-weather track  in company with Class 4 galloper Thanksgiving and closed off to clock a time of 1m 22.4s (29.2, 27.7, 25.5) 

Trainer John Moore said of the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby winner: "Designs On Rome is always laid back and he went well enough this morning  I made things easy for him. Hes an off and on horse, the way he runs. Im really pleased with him going into the race and his riding boy, who rides him every morning, is happy enough with him today, he has a big smile on his face. The horse is right on target.

 

Dominant  HK

Worked 1200m on the all-weather track with Same World in a time of 1m 23s (31.3, 28.1, 23.6)

Trainer John Moore said of the G1 Hong Kong Vase hero: "He galloped with Same World and the jockey said he was good as gold. We know its a little on the short side  this is one of his targets but his aim is the Champions & Chater Cup over the 2400m. There will hopefully be a good pace on.

 

Epiphaneia  JPN

Galloped 800m on turf under Yuichi Fukunaga in 53.4s (30.4, 23.0)

Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga said of the G1 Japanese St Leger victor: "Epiphaneia is in a really good mood and is very fit.  Everything seems to be going as planned.  In the gallop on turf this morning he picked up and moved into a high gear by himself coming into the final stretch.  He is very fresh both mentally and physically.  I think it is all down to the stable staff who are doing very good work with him.  I am sure he is ready for Sunday  he is in good condition.

 

Military Attack  HK

Worked 1200m on all-weather under Joao Moreira with Class 2 stayer Sunny Ying and clocked 1m 24.9s (30.1, 28.7, 26.1)

Trainer John Moore said of last years winner: "Joao said to me that he felt the horse is in better form than he was leading into his win in the Hong Kong Gold Cup. That was great to hear. That means it looks as though he has travelled back from Dubai particularly well, and thats what hes been showing us.

 

Packing Whiz  HK

Cantered two laps of the small track under his riding boy.

 

Same World  HK

Worked 1200m on the all-weather track with Dominant in a time of 1m 23s (31.3, 28.1, 23.6)

Trainer John Moore said: "Hes just a solid Group 3 horse but hes going into the race full of himself.

 

Sanshaawes  RSA

Galloped 800m on turf under Olivier Doleuze in 50.3s (28.0, 22.3)

 

Uncoiled  JPN

Galloped on turf 1200m in 1m 20s (29.1, 27.4, 23.5)

Trainer Yoshito Yahagi said: "We galloped him and asked him to drive strongly in the last part of the straight so that he could stretch out his stride.  All has gone to schedule.  I just flew into Hong Kong yesterday.  I have seen the turf condition this morning and I have confirmed again that the track will suit him very well.  Also, the climate is much cooler than I thought, and hopefully that will continue on Sunday.

 

Vercingetorix  RSA

Galloped 800m on turf under Anthony Delpech in 59.4s (34.9, 24.5)