Spinning Queen Cruises in Sun Chariot

Spinning Queen made her second foray into Group 1 company an eye-catching one when leading from gate to wire to post an impressive nine-length victory in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Sunday.

The race lost some of its glamour when many of the big names were withdrawn earlier in the day. Last year's winner Peeress, Flashy Wings, Vague, and Stan James One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Speciosa all were scratched from the race.

The field did still sport three Group 1 winners in Alexander Goldrun, Soviet Song, and Red Evie, however. Bettors made the five-time Group 1 winner, Alexander Goldrun, the 6-4 favorite to defeat her four rivals.

The race was over pretty much at the start, as jockey Michael Hills bounced Spinning Queen out of the stalls and the pair never looked back. The 12-1 shot continued to pull away from the field throughout the one mile race, and left the others to fight it out for minor honors. Soviet Song got the better of Alexander Goldrun by a neck in a tight battle for second.

Spinning Queen is a 3-year-old chestnut daughter of Spinning World, out of Our Queen of Kings, by Arazi. She is trained by Barry Hills, father of the winning jockey.