Doumen set for Chariot race

Francois Doumen has decided upon a return to Newmarket for Siyouma in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes on September 29.

Doumen set for Chariot race

Francois Doumen has decided upon a return to Newmarket for Siyouma in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes on September 29.

It would be the Rowley Mile rather than the July Course this time for the lightly-raced four-year-old, who was third to Giofra in the Falmouth Stakes before not being beaten far by Snow Fairy in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

“The race is the target for her,” said Doumen.

“She has been in good form but we realised again at Deauville that the 2000 metres (10 furlongs) was slightly too long for her.

“We remembered how well she ran in the Falmouth Stakes over a mile so we are going to try our luck again at Newmarket.

“The pace of British racing obviously suits her better than French racing.

“She is versatile in regards to ground – I have never seen it bother her. But I think, with the pedigree she has, a bit of cut wouldn’t be a problem – she is a huge girl.

“She is one of the best girls on the market at the moment and she deserves to win a Group One. She has never finished further than two lengths behind the very best so I think she is top class.

“She only started to race at four because she went back to the farm in June last year and we had to start from scratch this year.

“She is only starting to reach her best now and I think she could be even better next year.”

Among 23 possible runners are Falmouth runner-up and Prix Rothschild winner Elusive Kate as well as French 1000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour, who has subsequently been switched to Sir Henry Cecil’s stable.

There was another forfeit stage for a few of the other big Group races at the Cambridgeshire meeting, with the likes of Certify, Chat, Ollie Olgam Just The Judge and Lanansaak among 24 in contention for the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile.

Sharper fillies like Rosdhu Queen, Maureen and Sendmylovetorose are included in the 25 standing their ground in the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes while ante-post Derby favourite Mars and Acomb Stakes winner Dundonnell feature among 38 entries remaining in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.

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