Final Up to date: 07/08/19 3:48pm
Laurens and Veracious are two of the star names amongst 31 entries for the Kingdom of Bahrain Solar Chariot at Newmarket on October 5.
The Karl Burke-trained Laurens claimed the fifth of her six Group One victories thus far in final 12 months’s renewal of the one-mile contest and has been given the choice of defending her crown.
Her potential rivals embrace Sir Michael Stoute’s Veracious, who belatedly opened her account on the highest degree in final month’s Falmouth Stakes, and final 12 months’s 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook, educated by Richard Hannon.
There have been 5 French-trained winners of the Solar Chariot within the final 11 runnings and among the many doable cross-Channel raiders this 12 months is the Pascal Bary-trained Obligate.
The Prix de Sandringham winner misplaced her unbeaten report when ending third behind Laurens in final month’s Prix Rothschild at Deauville and is a part of an eight-strong French contingent that additionally contains Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me.
Bary stated: “I have by no means beforehand had a runner within the Kingdom Of Bahrain Solar Chariot Stakes, however it’s beneath sturdy consideration as a doable goal for Obligate.
“The opposite seemingly race for her is the Prix du Moulin (at ParisLongchamp, September 8), however I want to speak by way of her programme with Teddy Grimthorpe (racing supervisor to owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah).
“Obligate ran very nicely within the Prix Rothschild, which was her first attempt on a straight course, solely shedding out to 2 crack four-year-olds.
“Travelling to Newmarket could be very straightforward and I would additionally not be apprehensive about her dealing with the Rowley Mile’s undulations.”
Aidan O’Brien’s twin 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa is one among 11 potential Irish runners alongside two extra twin Group One winners in Magical and Iridessa.