Attraction Faces Four in Sun Chariot Stakes
Updated: Friday, October 1, 2004 9:23 PM
(from Newmarket release)
Posted: Friday, October 1, 2004 9:23 PM
The dual One Thousand Guineas heroine Attraction will face four rivals when she bids to regain winnning form in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) over Newmarket's Rowley Mile Saturday.
They are the recent Celebration Mile winner Chic, last year's Prix de Diane winner Nebraska Tornado, the consistent Irish challenger Miss Mambo and Attraction's old rival Majestic Desert.
Following her two Guineas triumphs, Newmarket's One Thousand Guineas and the Irish version at the Curragh, and the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, Attraction lost her unbeaten record to Soviet Song in Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) on the July Course at Newmarket. She again found Soviet Song just too good for her in the Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown earlier this month.
That effort put behind her a dismal run in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, which her connections attribute entirely to the fact that the ground was too soft.
It was fear of similar conditions which persuaded trainer Mark Johnston to miss last weekend's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, and he will be very happy if the going at Newmarket remains good to firm, as it now is.
Chic, who only narrowly avoided a bad fall in scrimmaging at Royal Ascot, has been in fine form of late and overcame problems in running and soft ground to beat Nayyir in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood after her success in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. She will make a bold bid for her hat trick.
The Prix de Diane was one of four wins from five starts for Nebraska Tornado last season, but she has yet to put her nose in front this year. Her best effort has been her fourth to Refuse To Bend in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot and she was third in the Prix d'Astarte at Deauville last time.
The Irish challenger Miss Mambo was racing for the first time since early June when beaten half a length in Listed company at the Curragh a fortnight back, having left France to join Dermot Weld during that time.
Majestic Desert is admirably consistent and won the Fred Darling at Newmarket in April. She has since been runner-up to Attraction in the Coronation and second in the Prix d'Astarte, so she is no forlorn hope.
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