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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Trainer John Moore summed up the view of most competitors, after today's (Thursday, 24 April) barrier draw for Sundays G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m), when he said the draw was unlikely to have a great bearing on the outcome of the prestigious race.

 

"The draw's not likely to be critical in the field of 10. I don't think the gates are of great consequence and it's not an issue for any of mine, said Moore in reference to his four runners - one of whom he hopes can provide him with a fourth win in the international G1.

 

"Same World's an on-pace runner and he's drawn two so that's fine. Military Attack will go forward from four and look to slot in behind the speed. Dominant (gate 7) will go back so the gate's not important and Designs On Rome (5) will hopefully land midfield. You'd just hope for a sensible pace to suit all runners, he added.

 

Moore's sentiments were echoed by Trevor Brown who is supervising the preparation of Mike de Kock's pair, Vercingetorix (3) and Sanshaawes (8).

 

"I'm not too worried about the draw and probably not too worried about the pace as both our horses are versatile, but of course you would hope for a decent, fair run race, he said.

 

Brown said tactics would be most likely left to his two jockeys, Anthony Delpech (Vercingetorix) and Olivier Doleuze (Sanhsaawes).

 

"Anthony knows his mount well and he can probably hold a handy spot from gate three if he begins well. Sanshaawes could go back from his wider gate but again I'll leave that to Olivier and I would have no issue if there was no pace and he opted to go forward, said the South African assistant trainer, who is confident both horses can run well.

 

"Vercingetorix is still on the up, still on the improve and he'll run well. Sanshaawes is a horse who tries very hard, he's versatile and he's better suited back on the turf, Brown said in reference to the geldings last run on the Tapeta in the Dubai World Cup.

 

Delpech, twice a winner on Vercingetorix in South Africa and a previous AP QEII Cup winner aboard Vengeance Of Rain, is enthusiastic about his mount.

 

"There doesn't look to be too much speed but my horse is versatile and has the turn of foot to put himself into the race no matter what the tempo, he said.

 

Japanese jockey Yuichi Fukunaga was another in confident mood after his mount Epiphaneia drew gate six.

 

"I was wanting to draw four, five or six, said Fukunaga, "and if he shows his best performance on Sunday he must go close to winning.

 

Local trainer Michael Chang was not delighted his charge Dibayani, the last horse drawn, was left with the outside barrier 10.

 

"For the second big race running, I didn't even get the chance to draw. Last time 14, this time 10, he said referring to the BMW Hong Kong Derby when Dibayani finished third after also being the last horse drawn and starting from the outside gate 14.

 

"Next time, I will tell the owner not to send me down, Chang quipped. However the draw may not have a negative impact on Dibayani's chances with 10 starters.

 

Yoshito Yahagi, trainer of the second Japanese runner Uncoiled, was philosophical about drawing gate one.

 

"I'd have preferred a middle gate but inside is better than outside. It's a very good field but my horse is well, and the 2000 metres and hopefully a softish track will suit him, he said.