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 DERBY, EPSOM, 4.00PM SATURDAY 7 JUNE
 
ROGER VARIAN, PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM AND JOHN OXX
ON THEIR INVESTEC DERBY RUNNERS

 

  • Australia, a fine third in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, is the red-hot favourite for the Investec Derby, Britain’s richest race, as he attempts to make history for Aidan O’Brien as no other trainer has won the Epsom Downs Classic three years in a row (he won it with Camelot in 2012 and Ruler Of The World last year). O’Brien also runs Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and Orchestra.
  • Fellow Irish raiders Ebanoran (John Oxx) and Fascinating Rock (Dermot Weld) both have serious chances as well.
  • John Gosden runs the unbeaten Western Hymn and the supplemented Romsdal, while Roger Varian fields the impressive Racing Post Trophy winner, Kingston Hill.
  • Others to watch include Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam) and True Story (Saeed bin Suroor) who were second and third in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York behind the subsequent French Derby winner, The Grey Gatsby.

Roger Varian on Kingston Hill (to be ridden by Andrea Atzeni):

"Kingston Hill looks very well and we haven’t had a hitch with him since the Guineas – I am anticipating plenty of improvement for that run.
 
"He has got a good head on him so he should handle the excitements of Derby Day.
 
"We took him for a school around Epsom during Breakfast With The Stars and that was a worthwhile exercise. Andrea rode him and he went over the undulations very smoothly.
 
"I am not doing a rain dance, we will just take the ground as it comes. But it is comforting to know that if a storm hits Epsom, we already know that Kingston Hill goes on very soft ground. The ground will not be any faster than good whatever happens, which is fine.
 
"Like the weather, the draw is out of our hands so there is no point in worrying about him getting stall two. A mile and a half is a long way for them to sort themselves out and we will just have to hope that he gets a slice of luck at the right time.”
 
Peter Chapple-Hyam on Arod (to be ridden by Jamie Spencer):

"Arod has been in really good form since the Dante – we are really happy with him. We think that he has improved and he has definitely improved physically.
 
"He should enjoy the step up to a mile and a half, we think that is what he wants even though he has got a lot of speed. But you do need speed too – a horse has to travel well around Epsom.
 
"He would not want the ground too soft but he should handle the hullabaloo of Derby Day – I am sure that he will handle it a lot better than I will!”
 
John Oxx on Ebanroan (to be ridden by Declan McDonogh):

"Ebanoran has had a good preparation, thankfully we have had a clear run with him with no setbacks.
 
"He was a bit green on his last run [in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial] as it was only the third start of his life but overall we were delighted with him. We were very happy with the way he measured up at that level – it was another jump forward and showed a good deal of improvement from his previous run.
 
"As far as handling the track at Epsom is concerned, all these horses are still relatively new to the game and you can never be sure how they will react to different situations.
 
"When he wandered around in the Derrinstown [causing his subsequent disqualification from first place] it was not that he became unbalanced, it was just greenness. And there were some mitigating circumstances. There was a photographer standing at the top of a step ladder near the line and we think he swerved away from that.
 
"I don’t think the ground will be an issue for him but if it rains it will not be to his disadvantage. He certainly handles soft ground.
 
"The longer trip is a new test and Epsom is a very demanding track. You cannot be certain but he has so much stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree that there must be a good chance that he will stay the extra distance.
 
"I can’t really make any comparisons with my two Derby winners [Sinndar and Sea The Stars] as it is too early – Ebanoran has not won a significant race yet. He is quite an idle worker at home, like Sinndar, so doesn’t give us too many clues about the extent of his ability.”
 
The Investec Derby is the second 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), Epsom Downs

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