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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THE INVESTEC CORONATION CUP, EPSOM, 2.40pm SATURDAY 7 JUNE
 
BARANDE-BARBE ON CIRRUS DES AIGLES 

  • Cirrus des Aigles, winner of the QIPCO Champion Stakes in 2011 and runner-up the last two years, is in outstanding form this season having beaten Treve in the Prix Ganay and ran out an easy winner of the Prix d’Ispahan.
  • Fellow French raider Flintshire, who has thrived over the winter, will take him on as Andre Fabre seeks to match Aidan O’Brien’s seven victories in the race.
  • Empoli is a German raider while last year’s Investec Oaks winner, Talent, will make her seasonal debut , who has run great races in Dubai and at York this season, lines up together with the globe-trotting Joshua Tree who was a distant third in this race last year. Battalion and Beacon Lady complete the field.
  • Cirrus des Aigles, Ambivalent and Empoli finished second, third and fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March behind the winner, Gentildonna.

 
Corine Barande-Barbe, trainer of Cirrus des Aigles, said today:
 
"Cirrus des Aigles is very well. He is leaving at four o’clock on Friday morning and will be travelling via the Tunnel.
 
"It will be his first time at Epsom and we will just have to see how he adapts.
 
"Christophe [Soumillon] is confident and said that it will be no problem as it is just Longchamp in reverse.
 
"The left-handed course should be fine as he has already won in Dubai and finished second in a Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the distance is clearly not an issue.
 
"All is good. He is very playful and eating his sugar – so he is just as he should be.”
 
 
The Investec Coronation Cup is the first race in the Middle Distance division:

  1. Investec Coronation Cup (1½ miles, 4yo+), Epsom, Saturday 7 June
  2. Investec Derby (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Saturday 7 June
  3. Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1¼ miles, 4yo+), Royal Ascot, Wednesday 18 June
  4. Coral-Eclipse (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Sandown Park, Saturday 5 July
  5. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) (1½ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 26 July
  6. Juddmonte International (1¼ miles, 3yo+), York, Wednesday 20 August
  7. QIPCO Champion Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 18 October

 
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 5 RACES)
(to be updated after the Investec Oaks)

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)
(to be updated after the Investec Oaks)

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:  

 

June

06 June

The Investec Oaks (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil)

Fillies & Mares

Ch4

07 June

The Investec Coronation Cup, Epsom Downs

Middle Distance

Ch4

07 June

The Investec Derby, Epsom Downs

Middle Distance

Ch4

17 June

The Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot

Mile

CH4

17 June

The King’s Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot

Sprint

CH4

17 June

The St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot

Mile

CH4

18 June

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Royal Ascot

Middle Distance

CH4

19 June

The Gold Cup, Royal Ascot

Long Distance

CH4

20 June

The Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot

Fillies & Mares

CH4

21 June

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Royal Ascot

Sprint

CH4