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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Galloped 1200m on the turf in 1m 23.6s (30.7, 30.8, 22.1)

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 Uehara, whose previous international experience was preparing his five-time G1 winner Daiwa Major to run third in the 2007 Dubai Duty Free, said: "No problem, he just pushed him along in the straight after he had an easy gallop leading into the straight. It was a good workout.

 "I'm very happy with him. He recovered very quickly after his travel to Hong Kong and has settled in well.

 When asked why he had targeted the Champions Mile rather than the 8 June G1 Yasuda Kinen, in his homeland, which he won with Daiwa Major in 2007, Uehara said: "The owners are very interested in overseas Group 1 competition and were keen to bring the horse to Hong Kong. It is still possible this horse could run in the Yasuda Kinen as well. That will depend on how well he recovers from this Sunday's race. There are many very strong horses in the Champions Mile but we hope that Meiner Lacrima can run to his best and hopefully win.

 Uehara said that Meiner Lacrima was best suited when ridden close to the pace but would prefer the horse not to lead.

 

MSHAWISH (FR)

Warmed up on the all-weather track before stretching his legs on the turf, covering the final 400m in a measured 28.8s.

Aymeric Candas, assistant to trainer Mikel Delzangles, has regularly accompanied stable stalwart Dunaden around the globe, and said: "The horse is well. He's coped with the travel and he had a nice gallop this morning.

 When quizzed about the four-year-old's running style, Candas said: "Mshawish is versatile, he can go forward or back depending on the pace, and the mile is his best distance so we hope for the best.

 

VARIETY CLUB (SAF)

Worked evenly on turf under big-race jockey Anton Marcus and was clocked at a steady 30.9s through his final 400m.

Marcus said of the 16 times winner from South Africa: "He felt good. No problems.

 

ABLE FRIEND (HK)

Cantered on the small all-weather track

Trainer John Moore said: "Ill probably do something more searching on Friday morning, probably on the all-weather track  well just see what the weather does over the next couple of days.

 

"He came out of his last run very well, hes eaten up and put on good bodyweight  mentally and physically hes there. Hes a fitter horse than he was in both the Derby and that race the other day. 

 

BLAZING SPEED (HK)

Easy work on the small all-weather track

Jockey Neil Callan will ride the gelding in a race for the first time on Sunday and said: "I'm looking forward to it. I trialled him last Friday and I thought he went very well as he's not really suited to the dirt. He's an athletic horse suited to the turf. He felt good in the trial and hopefully we get a good run race on Sunday as that would suit him.

 

DAN EXCEL (HK)

Worked on the small all-weather track under jockey Tommy Berry

Trainer John Moore: "I couldnt be happier with the horse, hes done everything right, he tends to peak at this time of year and physically he looks great in the coat.

 

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