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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DUEL ON THE DOWNS – KINGMAN VS TORONADO

DUEL ON THE DOWNS –

KINGMAN VS TORONADO

Kingman

Toronado

Will Kingman or Toronado triumph in this year’s
QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood?

Glorious Goodwood, famed for its genteel and quintessentially English atmosphere, will be the venue for one of the most eagerly awaited clashes of the season when two of the world’s best milers go head to head in the Duel On The Downs on Wednesday 30th July 2014.
Defending champion Toronado, who narrowly pipped Dawn Approach to the post in last year’s bout, will be looking to become only the second horse only the second horse in the race's history to win the QIPCO Sussex Stakes twice, emulating the achievements of the imperious Frankel who triumphed in 2011 and 2012.
Up against him, and wearing those same colours as Frankel is the pretender to the crown, Kingman, who bounced back from an unlucky defeat in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas to claim his Classic in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, before blowing apart a classy field in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Here’s how the pair measure up:

KINGMAN

Name

Toronado

John Gosden

Trainer

Richard Hannon

Prince Khalid Abdullah

Owner

Al Shaqab Racing

James Doyle

Jockey

Richard Hughes

26 Feb 2011

Birth date

20 Feb 2010

3

Age

4

Newmarket, Suffolk

Stable

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Colt

Sex

Colt

136

Journey to Goodwood (miles)

91

Bay

Colour

Bay

Great Britain

Origin

Ireland

Zenda

Dam

Wana Doo

Invincible Spirit

Sire

High Chaparral

6

Races

9

5

Wins

6

n/a

Bought for

40,000 Euros

Irish 2000 Guineas (2014)
St James's Palace Stakes (2014)

Group 1 wins

QIPCO Sussex Stakes (2013) Queen Anne Stakes (2014)

£418,254

Prize-money won

£497,041

1.36.72 (Newmarket)

Fastest time over a mile (minutes)

1.35.19 (Newmarket)

125

Official rating

125

3.95

Average winning distance (lengths)

1.75


What they’re saying
Kingman’s Trainer John Gosden recently told Sport magazine:
"Kingman has a very cool mind on him. He’s pretty laid back about things, he can relax in a race and then show not one but two changes of pace. That’s hugely important, but I think it’s true that any good horse must have the physique and amazing cardiovascular system of all great athletes – and then be able to put it together on the day itself. We’ve seen an awful lot of horses that fulfil some of those criteria but not the others. You’re very lucky when one comes along that can do it all.”
Jockey Richard Hughes (Toronado), is quoted by SportingLife.com as saying: "Mine is a very strong, versatile horse who can make the running if needed. That will stand him in good stead around Goodwood, it could be a small field and tactical. I wouldn’t swap him anyway. It’s going to be hard to beat Kingman, I’m under no illusions but there are no chinks in our armour and he’s a tougher horse this year than last year.”