French-trained Siyouma wins the Sun Chariot Stakes under Gerald MossePICTURE: Edward Whitaker/(racingpost.com/photos)
Incroyable! French rule Sun Chariot yet again
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) fillies & mares, 3yo+, 1m
A FRENCH raider won the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot for the fourth year in a row as Siyouma saw off the challenge of John Gosden's Elusive Kate.
Trained by François Doumen at Boucé in north-western France, Siyouma had not won in her last five starts before today, but she had progressed into Group 1 class with a soft-ground third to Giofra in the Falmouth Stakes on the July course and was less than two lengths adrift of Snow Fairy in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet, her last start.
Ridden prominently by Gerald Mosse, Siyouma raced in about third while Laugh Out Loud set a strong pace at the front.
Runners struggled to get into the race from off the pace and only Siyouma and the also prominently ridden Elusive Kate came with a challenge at the business end, both ranging up inside the final furlong.
Siyouma proved narrowly the stronger, however, and came home three-quarters of a length clear of the Gosden-trained second.
It was the fourth year running the race went to France, after Sahpresa won in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
"Mosse said she won more easily than it looked. He rode her perfectly," said Doumen.
"She could go for the EP Taylor [in Canada] in two weeks time. At Woodbine the turf course is outside the dirt track and there's quite a good bend and a good straight. Otherwise there's the mile races in Japan and Hong Kong, but I'm not very tempted by the Breeders' Cup.
"She's absolutely an angel. I kept saying she was improving all the way. She's quite easy to train and has an easy temperament, but she was immature at two and only really came to herself in the Falmouth."
Elusive Kate's second place was worth another £34,400 to Gosden, who took a narrow lead over Aidan O'Brien in the trainers' championship earlier in the week and stretched further clear with this placed finish.
Beauty Parlour, the 13-8 favourite, ran a long way below expectations to finish seventh of eight on her debut for Sir Henry Cecil.