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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Field Of Dream came with his trademark late burst to score by a length in this race last year. He ran respectably without making the frame in four subsequent 2013 starts, but bounced back to form with a bang on his first start for 263 days to lift the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last Wednesday.
 
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"In the previous two years he had been to Dubai and not had a proper break. When you bring a horse back from the Dubai Carnival you need a bit of breathing space and [previously] by the time Ascot came around I was just holding him together.
 
"He will go there on a career high mark but he is better off running in a handicap off what looks an impossible mark rather than a conditions or Listed event because the key to him is a good gallop – he needs a fast-run race.
 
"To win it again we will need a lot of luck as he needs the draw on his side, he needs the pace on his side and he needs a lack of traffic.
 
"I have to say that off a handicap mark of 107 he will be vulnerable to improvers but we will just chuck him out there and keep everything crossed.”
 
The 666Bet Bunbury Cup is, however, a race that throws up its share of multiple winners. Mine won it in 2002 and again in both 2005 and 2006 while En Attendant enjoyed back-to-back victories in 1993 and 1994.
 
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