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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Champions Mile hopefuls caught the eye in today's barrier trials

With the G1 Champions Mile only nine days away, five of the race's local contenders went through their paces in barrier trials this morning as they continued their preparations for the HK$12 million international contest on Sunday 4 May.

The first batch saw Real Specialist, Blazing Speed and California Memory line up in a nine-runner trial over 1200m on the all-weather track. Batch two over the same course and distance pitched a pair of Champions Mile hopefuls, the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile hero Glorious Days and last year's Champions Mile runner-up Helene Spirit, against five others, including the talented four-year-old Tableaux.

Real Specialist took the plaudits in batch one. John Size's charge, fifth in December's Hong Kong Mile, appeared to be in great heart as he made eye-catching headway from the tail under Joao Moreira. The gelding was shifted wide on the turn and closed off strongly under minimal urging to pass the post in front in a time of 1m 13.04s.

A half-length back in second came Blazing Speed (1m 13.11s). Tony Cruz's HKG1 Stewards' Cup (1600m) victor flopped when down the field in the G1 Dubai Duty Free (1800m) at Meydan last start but went well enough under Neil Callan. The Dylan Thomas five-year-old sat one back on the fence in fourth position and maintained a solid run to the wire.

"I felt he trialled well," said Callan. "He's obviously a better horse on the turf but he's clean-winded, he's in good shape and you couldn't ask for him to give you a better feel. He's quite laid-back so the trial in itself was enough to give him a blow-out. I'm sure it's just a matter of keeping him ticking over and keeping him fresh and well for the race. I'd be pretty happy with him."

Cruz had a keen eye on California Memory, who has not raced since the G2 LONGINES Jockey Club Cup in November, an injury having foiled an anticipated bid for a third consecutive G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) win the following month.

"It looks like California Memory pulled up good and we'll just have him checked out with the vet to make sure everything's okay," said Cruz of his popular grey, who raced three wide near the tail and kept on evenly to pass the post five and three quarter lengths seventh (1m 13.97s).

Glorious Days is never a flashy triallist and the Size runner, second in the 2012 Champions Mile, did what was required to hold Tableaux in a head-bobbing conclusion to batch two in a time of 1m 12.52s. Karis Teetan niggled at the six-year-old at various stages but his mount was on the bridle turning in and closed off well with his rider just nudging him to a short-head verdict ahead of the easy-travelling Tableaux (1m 12.53s).

That pair drew 10 lengths and more clear of the rest, which included the Caspar Fownes-trained Helene Spirit, second to Dan Excel in last season's Champions Mile. He ran home sixth in a time of 1m 14.23s.

Later on the all-weather track, Irish raider Gordon Lord Byron had the circuit to himself as he undertook light exercise.


Champions Mile selected runners Real Specialist (cloth no 143) and Blazing Speed (in orange) finish first and second in the first batch of barrier trial at Sha Tin's All Weather Track this morning.


Glorious Days (in green), another selected runner of the Champions Mile, runs first ahead of Tableaux (in yellow/orange) in another batch of barrier trial at Sha Tin today.


Irish runner Gordon Lord Byron takes an easy workout at Sha Tin's All Weather Track this morning.