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Veracious gunning for victory in the Group 1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket




Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director Chris Richardson believes that Veracious is ready to show how much she has matured ahead of her outing in Saturday’s Group 1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at the Rowley Mile.

Twelve months ago the Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of Frankel failed to do herself justice in the mile-long contest, finishing down the field in sixth.

She also made an underwhelming start to 2019 with three winless appearances, but a change of tactics did the trick on Newmarket’s July Course as she won a thrilling renewal of the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.

July meeting at Newmarket Gentlemans day. Veracious winner of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for Oisin Murphy and Sir Michael Stoute. Cheveley Park Stud. Picture by Mark Westley. (18188493)
July meeting at Newmarket Gentlemans day. Veracious winner of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for Oisin Murphy and Sir Michael Stoute. Cheveley Park Stud. Picture by Mark Westley. (18188493)

That was her last racecourse appearance, but that has not stopped the bookmakers from making her the favourite to land Stoute a fifth victory in the top-level contest this weekend, and Richardson is hopeful she can live up to that billing.

“It was always the plan to give her a break after the Falmouth to freshen her up,” he said. “She has been working very nicely and has done very well physically.

“She has always been a bit immature and very free in her work, both at home and at the racecourse, but now she has learned to settle and has grown up a lot.

July meeting at Newmarket Gentlemans day. Veracious winner of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for Oisin Murphy and Sir Michael Stoute. Cheveley Park Stud. Picture by Mark Westley. (18304499)
July meeting at Newmarket Gentlemans day. Veracious winner of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for Oisin Murphy and Sir Michael Stoute. Cheveley Park Stud. Picture by Mark Westley. (18304499)

“Because she had a bit of an interrupted programme in 2018 she is still relatively lightly raced, but she remains hugely talented and hopefully we will see that again on Saturday.

“To have a runner like her in a big race like Saturday, that is why you get involved in the breeding game.”

A win for Veracious would see Mr and Mrs Thompson become the joint winningmost owners of the Sun Chariot Stakes with three triumphs.

Their two previous successes came courtesy of Integral in 2014 and Peeress in 2005, both of whom were trained by Stoute.


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