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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CUMANI TEAMS UP WITH DETTORI AGAIN AS AYAAR BIDS TO GIVE HIM A FIRST 666BET BUNBURY CUP VICTORY


 
The all-Italian Luca Cumani-Frankie Dettori trainer-jockey combination will be back in action at Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday when Ayaar is part of a field of 20 runners for the £120,000 666Bet Bunbury Cup.
 
Dettori, who began his career with Cumani way back in 1987, has won this fiercely competitive £120,000 Heritage Handicap twice before, most recently in 2010, but his old boss has yet to prevail.
 
"Frankie and I have always got on well, but when he was with Godolphin he didn’t take many outside rides,” Cumani said. "He knows Ayaar well and I don’t think that he will need any riding instructions.”
 
Dettori has ridden the Rock of Gibraltar colt in all three of his starts this season, most recently when badly hampered at a crucial late stage before staying on into fifth place behind Field Of Dream in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. Ayaar now meets the winner on 6lbs better terms.
 
"He was fairly unlucky at Ascot,” Cumani said. "It’s difficult to say where he would have finished [without the interference] but he would probably have been challenging for one of the first three places, that’s certainly what Frankie thought.
 
"It has always been the plan to run in this race and originally I thought that his rating would guarantee him a place in the field. In the end we have had to sweat over it and have been lucky to sneak in at the very foot of the weights.
 
"These races are not just a straightforward equation [of what weight you carry]. You need a lot luck in running and a lot depends on how the race develops.
 
"I think Ayaar is just as good at this trip as over [the Hunt Cup distance of] a mile. He ran a very good race beforehand in the Victoria Cup [over seven furlongs].
 
"He is a very straightforward horse, who is easy to train and is a pleasure to have around.
 
"He has done well since Ascot. The only thing with him is that he doesn’t want any rain, he wants fast ground.
 
"The July Meeting is on a par with any of the major meetings run around the country and it would be very nice to have at least one winner.”
 
666Bet also sponsors another feature race on Saturday’s card, the Group 2 666Bet Superlative Stakes. The ten runners for this seven furlong juvenile event are headed by the Richard Fahey-trained Lieutenant Kaffee, winner of his two career starts at Nottingham and Haydock.