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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RALPH BECKETT ON HIS INVESTEC OAKS PAIR

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RALPH BECKETT ON HIS INVESTEC OAKS PAIR

NEXT RACE: 

THE INVESTEC OAKS, EPSOM DOWNS, 4PM FRIDAY 6 JUNE
 
  • 17 are set to go to post for the Investec Oaks on Friday led by the Aidan O’Brien Irish 1000 Guineas winner,Marvellous, and John Gosden’s unbeaten Taghrooda, who are vying for favouritism in the Epsom Downs Classic.
 
  • O’Brien will also run Palace and Dazzling, while fellow Irish trainer Dermot Weld will saddle Tarfasha.
 
  • There are plenty of others in with chances including QIPCO 1000 Guineas third, Ihtimal, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Anipa (Roger Varian), the unbeaten Madame Chiang (David Simcock) and Marsh Daisy (Hughie Morrison).
 
  • Ralph Beckett, who saddled the first and second last year (Talent and Secret Gesture) fields two again this year,Regardez, who will be ridden by Jim Crowley, and the supplemented Honor Bound, the mount of Richard Kingscote.
 
Beckett said:
 
"Both Regardez and Honor Bound are in good shape and I am very happy with their wide draws (13 and 15) on the basis that Secret Gesture was compromised by her inside draw last year.
 
"They would handle more give in the ground than is likely to be the case – I think that it will be good ground which means that there are no excuses for anybody. They would both appreciate a downpour but that does not look as if it is going to happen.
 
"The decision to supplement Honor Bound was not a tricky one as there are question marks about all sorts of horses in the race based on the trials.
 
"Honor Bound’s work last week was good and although I doubt that her Lingfield Oaks win represents strong form, she was very keen through the race and did not exactly get a charmed trip.
 
"She did not have the rub of the green yet she still won, so you could rate her a bit better than the bare result.
 
"She did not look where she was going coming round the bend [at Lingfield] yet still came around it as if she was on rails, so her handling the track at Epsom is the least of my worries.
 
"We are putting a hood on her to help with the stalls. The stalls regulations have been changed so that you can load without a rider, which seems to suit her, and I am confident that she will go in.”
 
Regardez is from the same family and has the same owner-breeder as Beckett’s 2008 Oaks winner, Look Here.
 
"She is not that different in temperament or demeanour to Look Here.
 
"Look Here enjoyed every day and every day was a good day as far as she was concerned and this filly is the same.
 
"We are rolling the dice with her and I think that is the right thing to do. When she was third in the Musidora Stakes she chased a strong pace and then looked like getting swamped before galloping out strongly to the line.
 
"I had serious misgivings about her staying a mile and a half before that race and I still have a few, but I am much more confident now.
 
"She will handle the track and her experience will help – this will be her sixth start. Richard Kingscote won on her the only previous time that he has ridden her and he suits her well.”
 
Beckett’s only two Group 1 triumphs have come in the Oaks and last year he landed a famous 1-2 when Secret Gesture chased home Talent.
 
"I couldn’t begin to tell you why I have such a good record in the race, although I do get sent a lot of staying fillies.
 
"You can have odds of 1,000-1 with me that I have a 1-2 again this year!”
 
 
The Investec Oaks is the 6th race overall in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the second in the Fillies & Mares division:
 
  1. QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Sunday 4 May – won by MISS FRANCE
  2. Investec Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Friday 6 June
  3. Coronation Stakes (1m, 3yo), Royal Ascot, Friday 20 June
  4. QIPCO Falmouth Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 11 July
  5. Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Goodwood, Saturday 2 August
  6. Darley Yorkshire Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo+), York, Thursday 21 August
  7. QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (1½ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 18 October
 
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 5 RACES)
TRAINER POINTS
1   Richard Hannon 40
2= Andre Fabre 20
2= Kevin Ryan 20
2= Sir Michael Stoute 20
5= Andrew Balding 10
5= David Barron 10
5= Marco Botti 10
5= John Gosden 10
5= Aidan O’Brien 10
5= Olly Stevens 10
 
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 5 RACES)
JOCKEY POINTS
1   Ryan Moore 40
2= Frankie Dettori 20
2= Kieren Fallon 20
2= Maxime Guyon 20
2= Oisin Murphy 20
6= Andrea Atzeni 10
6= Harry Bentley 10
6= James Doyle 10
6= Joseph O’Brien 10
 
Points are awarded on a 20-10-5 basis to the jockeys and trainers of the first three horses in each QIPCO British Champions Series race. In the event of a tie, the number of winners (and, if necessary, second places) will be taken into account. The Jockey and Trainer of the Series will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 18 October. 
 
The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races are:
 
  May
6 June The Investec Oaks (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil), Epsom Downs Fillies &
Mares
Ch4
  June
07 June The Investec Coronation Cup, Epsom Downs Middle Distance Ch4
07 June The Investec Derby, Epsom Downs Middle Distance Ch4