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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TOM DASCOMBE AND MICHAEL OWEN ON BROWN PANTHER
 
  • The big two are last year's winner, Brown Panther, who bolted up that day, and The Queen'sEstimate, who ran such a fine race to be second in this year's Gold Cup after winning it last year.
  • Estimate finished nearly five lengths ahead of Brown Panther in the Gold Cup, but they were level around the furlong pole and it seems that Brown Panther did not stay the two and a half mile trip. Back to two miles on a track he knows, he could be hard to beat though Estimate has a big chance too.
  • Cavalryman ran well in Dubai as usual and won the Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket last time out, but was only sixth in this race last year albeit staying on well. He is another with a serious chance.
  • Stable companion Ahzeemah was second last year, three and a half lengths behind Brown Panther. Saeed bin Suroor has a third contender, Excellent Result, and he may have an outside chance on his first attempt at two miles.
  • The other five – Angel GabrialBrass RingForgotten VoiceWhiplash Willie and Moment In Time - all have something to find to be involved at the finish.
Tom Dascombe said today: "We are very happy with Brown Panther and I think that he has produced his best ever set of results this season.

"It was a massive thrill to win the Goodwood Cup last year. It's the oldest Group race in the country and a fantastic race to win. I just wish that we had more horses able to compete at this level  - Brown Panther is our flagship.

"Estimate is a very good horse and she beat us convincingly in the Gold Cup. But Thursday is a different day with a different track and a different distance and we are proven over the course and distance which is helpful.

"Brown Panther was second in France earlier this month but I think that racing over there doesn't really suit him as he doesn't have that turn of foot that the French horses do. His weight is now exactly the same as it was before that run and he seems to be taking his races better than ever these days.

"Everyone seems to think that he wants very soft ground yet every time he runs on it he gets beaten. He actually wants good ground and conditions on Thursday should be fine for him.”

Michael Owen said: "Brown Panther's in very good form ahead of the (Artemis) Goodwood Cup. He's very versatile in that he'll go on any ground so he should have perfect conditions to retain his crown. We're very hopeful.
 
"Long-term, the Long Distance Cup on QIPCO British Champions Day is a huge option for us. He seems to relish Ascot, having won at Royal Ascot previously, and there's a big prize available for us.”
 
Asked about how the prospect of winning the Artemis Goodwood Cup again just a day after the sad death of Brown Panther's dam, Treble Heights, who was owned by Brown Panther's owner-breeder, the former England footballer and QIPCO British Champions Series ambassador, Michael Owen, Dascombe said: "It would be a nice end to the week. Michael's passion for racing is there for everyone to see and he is always absolutely delighted for us to win even the smallest race.”
 
The Artemis Goodwood Cup is race three in the Long Distance division of the QIPCO British Champions Series:
  1. QIPCO Yorkshire Cup (1¾m, 4yo+) York, Friday 16 May – won by GOSPEL CHOIR
  2. Gold Cup (2½m, 4yo+), Royal Ascot, Thursday 19 June – won by LEADING LIGHT
  3. Artemis Goodwood Cup (2m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Thursday 31 July
  4. Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup (2m, 3yo+ ), York, Friday 22 August
  5. Doncaster Cup (2¼m, 3yo+), Doncaster, Friday 12 September
  6. Ladbrokes St Leger (1¾m , 3yo), Doncaster, Saturday 13 September
  7. QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (2m, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 18 October
 
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 19 RACES)
TRAINER POINTS
1   John Gosden 100
2   Aidan O'Brien 85
3   Richard Hannon 70
4= Edward Lynam 60
4= Sir Michael Stoute 60
6= Clive Brittain 30
6= Andre Fabre 30
8= Kevin Ryan 25
8= William Haggas 25
 
 
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 19 RACES)
JOCKEY POINTS
1   Ryan Moore 110
2   Joseph O'Brien 75
3   Paul Hanagan 65
4   Richard Hughes 60
5   Wayne Lordan 40
6= Andrea Atzeni 30
6= William Buick 30
6= James Doyle 30
6= Maxime Guyon 30
6= Christophe Soumillon 30
11  Frankie Dettori 25
 
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:  
30 July QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Goodwood Mile CH4
31 July Artemis Goodwood Cup, Goodwood Long Distance CH4
2 August Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, Goodwood Fillies & Mares CH4
20 August Juddmonte International, York Middle Distance CH4
21 August Darley Yorkshire Oaks, York Fillies & Mares CH4
22  August Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup, York Long Distance CH4
22 August Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York Sprint CH4