Sun Chariot Stakes Preview

The penultimate race of the British Champions Mile Series sees a fascinating renewal of the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, a race which has been graced with illustrious performances in the past.

Here are my thoughts on the 2022 renewal on Saturday 1st October:

Jane Chapple-Hyam will be looking to go for back-to-back victories in this race and she looks to have another outstanding chance with 2021 successor SAFFRON BEACH. Heading the market at 2/1 for the Champion Jockey title race, William Buick jumps back aboard the four-year-old filly – the pair boast an unbeaten partnership.

Since her performance in last year’s race when she won by a cosy three lengths, Chapple-Hyam’s charge has progressed even further, accumulating over £500,000 in prize money in 2022. With Royal Ascot success and victory in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild, the decision to keep this remarkable horse in full training has proven to be an excellent move.

In what was confirmed by Chapple-Hyam as her last season before heading to the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, she said: “It will be a sad day when she goes. I think it will be weird driving in and not having her head pop out of box one, but we’ve known for a while she is going to the sale.”

Impressive Irish 1,000 Guineas victor HOMELESS SONGS is also set to line up in the race in a bid to bounce back from her disappointing fourth in the Matron Stakes. A combination of both softer ground and a difficult pace that day may have been the answer to her questionable run and trainer Dermot Weld will be looking to add another Sun Chariot success to his name after Dress To Thrill’s win in 2002.

PROSPEROUS VOYAGE has been in the shadow of star filly, Inspiral, for a large part of her career despite victory over her in the Falmouth Stakes. She catches the eye of the punter at an excessive price of 7/1. The same owner/trainer combination scooped the prize of last weekend’s Cheveley Park Stakes, and they look set to have another good chance with Ralph Beckett’s charge heading back to a preferred straight track.

The hugely exciting prospect, LAUREL, has been supplemented for Saturday’s race at Newmarket with Juddmonte racing manager Barry Mahon saying: “We think she’s a very good filly, it’s just a case of her going into a contest like this. She has huge potential, but she has to go do it on the racetrack.” The three-year-old filly has already notched an impressive reputation over the one-mile distance, indicating that whatever she does at the weekend there could be more to come as a four-year-old should she stay in training.

GRANDE DAME also represents the John & Thady Gosden partnership currently priced at 14/1. She holds the form with MRS FITZHERBERT on their Atalanta Stakes performance with the pair finishing a respectable second and third that day. They must prove they are up to the challenge of group one standard to be competitive on Saturday.


Despite finishing behind Saffron Beach with an uncultured effort in the Matron, HOMELESS SONGS obliterated the Irish 1,000 Guineas field with an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages. Back to a flat track, Dermot Weld’s three-year-old filly could prove to the world she is worthy of the hype.

Homeless Songs @ 5/1 – Coral, Ladbrokes, William Hill.


By Harry Beard