2021 Sun Chariot Stakes Betting Odds at Newmarket racecourse

Saturday, 02 October 2021

2020 Sun Chariot Stakes Race card

The 2020 Sun Chariot Stakes will take place on Saturday 3 October, with some of the most talented fillies and mares in the UK and Ireland competing for success in this Group 1 encounter.

The Rowley Mile course at Newmarket will play host to this race, with Alpine Star the horse that is currently trading as marginal favourite. The Jessica Harrington-trained charge has run three times this season and the three-year-old’s seasonal bow was in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where Frankie Dettori steered her to success.

Since then, there have been runner-up spots at Chantilly (where the horse was beaten into second by Fancy Blue) and Deauville (where Palace Pier ridden by Dettori claimed the spoils) although there’s no doubting her calibre and she deserves to be among the favourites for an encounter which is run over one mile.

Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to success in this race after previously saddling Alice Springs and Roly Poly, with the legendary Irish trainer likely to have a few darts to throw in this race and the sharpest probably comes in the form of Fancy Blue.

The filly looks a nice big each-way price considering that Ryan Moore rode her to victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at the Glorious Goodwood meeting, with the horse making a slow start to that particular race but finishing the heat strongly.

The other horse that catches our eye on the Sun Chariot Stakes racecard is Veracious and we’ve not seen a great deal of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained horse over the past few months although there was everything to like about her win in the BetVictor British EBF Dick Hern Stakes on 8 August.

The History of the Sun Chariot Stakes

The Sun Chariot Stakes has been in operation since 1966 and the race actually gets its name from a horse called Sun Chariot who was the Triple Crown winner for the fillies’ races in 1942. Those wins consisted of the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes and it’s a rare achievement which doesn’t happen very often.

The distance of the Sun Chariot Stakes was originally over one mile and two furlongs, with the race being exclusively for three-year-olds, although older fillies and mares were able to line up in the race from 1974 onwards.

In the year 2,000, it was decided that the distance be over a straight mile on the Rowley Mile track and the race achieved Group 1 classification in 2004. A few years later, we saw Sahpresa land a consecutive hat-trick of wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – this achievement has yet to be surpassed.