Peeress Surprises at Newmarket

Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
Sir Michael Stoute appeared to be holding a strong hand going into Saturday's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) for fillies and mares at Newmarket.

The most highly touted of his three fillies entered was multiple stakes winner Chic. The 5-year-old daughter of Machiavellian was coming off a strong second to recently retired Attraction in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I).

However, it was Stoute's overlooked filly, Peeress, who grabbed the lead with two furlongs left to run. The daughter of Pivotal had plenty left at the finish to easily hold of Summitville, with Musicanna third. Jockey Kevin Darley, who was the regular rider of Attraction, picked up the mount Peeress earlier in the week. This win was the chestnut filly's first group I victory. She has now won six of 11 lifetime starts.

Oh So Sharp Stakes
Earlier in the afternoon at Newmarket, the filly Race for the Stars overcame a poor start to run down Scottish Stage in the listed Finnforest Oh So Sharp Stakes.

The daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus  was bothered coming out of the starting gate and as a result, trailed the field early. Jockey Kieren Fallon never panicked, and kept the 2-year-old on an even keel throughout the early stages. The half-sister to champion Hawk Wing passed seven rivals in the last two furlongs and won easily by ½ length.