Attraction Tops Year in Sun Chariot Success
Updated: Sunday, October 3, 2004 12:39 PM
Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2004 3:29 PM
Attraction, the only filly to complete the English-Irish One Thousand Guineas sweep, led every step of the way in defeating a quality field in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Saturday.
Ridden by Kevin Darley, the 3-year-old bay led every step of the way, taking the field to the outer rail while setting a solid pace. Unable to shake her rivals, Attraction had just enough in reserve to hold off a determined bid from Chic over the final furlong. The final time for the one-mile course on a good to soft course was 1:36.27.
Attraction, a daughter of Efisio owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, won by a neck at odds of 11-4 over favored Chic and Kieren Fallon.
The Duke, Darley and trainer Mark Johnston walked the course earlier in the day to determine if the course was in good enough shape to chance running Attraction, who dislikes an off going. The decision to start was a good one as she wrapped up her outstanding season – which included a win in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot – on a high note.
"There's no shadow of a doubt she's the best horse I've ever trained," Johnston told Racing Post
. "It's a pity the ground hasn't allowed us to run her over seven furlongs, or even six, this season. It's hard to imagine what she'd do over seven.
"She'll have a well-deserved rest now and hopefully come back even better next year. The most fantastic thing is how she's caught the public's imagination, like Double Trigger did."
The 4-year-old filly Chic, the Celebration Mile (Eng-II) winner in her last start, was superb in defeat as the slight 9-4 choice, said Chris Richardson, managing director of owner Cheveley Park Stud.
"She ran a blinder," he said of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained competitor. "The ground just off the rail might have been slower, but take nothing away from the winner.
"Chic is a nice filly for the paddocks in due course, but she'll probably stay in training next year."
American-bred Nebraska Tornado finished 1 1/2 lengths behind in third, with Majestic Desert winding up fourth. Both loomed as threats with a quarter of a mile to go but failed to persevere. Miss Mambo was last in the five-horse field.
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