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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  • Seven are set to go to post for the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes on Saturday, with Venus De Milo, trained by Aidan O’Brien, having a big shout after finishing second in three Group 1 races – last year’s Darley Irish Oaks and Darley Yorkshire Oaks and this year’s Pretty Polly Stakes. O’Brien won the race in 2007 and 2008.
  • John Gosden has won the race for the last two years and fields two runners, Sultanina, who was runner-up to stable companion Pomology in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and is the choice of stable jockey William Buick, and Eastern Belle, who won a Listed Race at Newbury last time.
  • Narniyn must have a big chance for Alain de Royer Dupre. She won four races in a row, including two Group 3s, before finishing a close fourth in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, just two lengths behind Spiritjim and Noble Mission.
  • Mango Diva is an improving filly for Sir Michael Stoute and won a Group 2 in Ireland last time out.
  • Amazing Maria (Ed Dunlop) is two out of two at Goodwood and has to be taken seriously, while Lustrous (Richard Hannon) was a fine second in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before disappointing in the Darley Irish Oaks.

 

Alain de Royer Dupre said: "Narniyn looks very well and she did a good piece of work on Monday.

"She did not show her true ability when finishing fourth in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last time as the race came too soon for her after she had won a Group 3 at Longchamp (17 days earlier).

"I also feel that she is much better over this mile and a quarter rather than the mile and a half at Saint-Cloud.

"It looks a very open race, the only problem could be the turn and the up and down nature of the course. But there is a long home straight and Narniyn is very easy to ride and has good balance.

"She would prefer good ground – last year she won a Listed race at Chantilly very easily when it was riding ‘good to firm’ and although she won the [Group 3] Prix de Flore on ‘very soft’, I don’t think that was ideal for her.

"Goodwood is a beautiful track and I like going there as it is not too far to get to. I have yet to have a winner there but have gone close with both Mandesha [runner-up in this race in 2007] and Jehannedarc [second in the 2012 Lilly Langtry Stakes].”
 
The Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes is race five in the Fillies & Mares division:

  1. QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Sunday 4 May – won by MISS FRANCE
  2. Investec Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Friday 6 June – won by TAGHROODA
  3. Coronation Stakes (1m, 3yo), Royal Ascot, Friday 20 June – won by RIZEENA
  4. QIPCO Falmouth Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 11 July – won by INTEGRAL
  5. Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Goodwood, Saturday 2 August
  6. Darley Yorkshire Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo+), York, Thursday 21 August
  7. QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (1½ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 18 October

 
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 20 RACES)

TRAINER

POINTS

1   John Gosden

120

2   Aidan O’Brien

90

3   Richard Hannon

80

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 20 RACES)

JOCKEY

POINTS

1   Ryan Moore

110

2   Joseph O’Brien

80

3   Richard Hughes

70

4   Paul Hanagan

65

5   James Doyle

50

6   Wayne Lordan

40

7= Andrea Atzeni

30

7= William Buick

30

7= Maxime Guyon

30

7= 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:  

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