Watch analysis of Wind Chimes run behind Recoletos in the Prix Moulin de Longchamp and read our story after Coolmore stumped up £20,000 to run the filly against Laurens in Saturday's Kindom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, which is live on Racing UK.
Legendary French trainer Andre Fabre has pitched Wind Chimes in to the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes against Laurens at Newmarket on Saturday.
The Coolmore-owned filly was put in to the mile contest for the sum of £20,000 and Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor will show a profit if the three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman finishes no worse than third.
Wind Chimes has yet to score at the top level, but pushed French colt Recoletos to within a head in the Prix Moulin last month. She also finished third in a blanket finish to the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) in May.
Fabre is already virtually assured of winning his 29th French Trainers Championship this season and has a good recent record in the race, having won it three years ago with Esoterique.
“Wind Chimes has done well since her narrow defeat in the Prix du Moulin," Fabre said on Monday.
"She worked this morning and I was happy with her, so we decided to supplement her for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
“She has always been very good and I intended to run her in the 1000 Guineas in the spring but was unable to get her ready in time. You never know until the day how they will cope with the Rowley Mile’s undulations but it is a fair course with a good racing surface and she is a well-balanced filly.
“She also holds an entry in the Prix de l’Opera [at Longchamp] on Sunday but that would have been a big step up in distance for her. You can be confident that she is well suited by a mile, so this was the obvious race for her.”
“Laurens has the highest rating in the race and if she runs to her best she will be difficult to beat, but it will be fun to have a go. Wind Chimes is a Group One filly – I am sure of that.”
Laurens will face a maximum of 12 rivals when she goes in search of a fifth Group One victory and has been installed as the 5-2 favourite.
Karl Burke’s star filly won the Prix Saint-Alary and the French Oaks over a mile and a quarter earlier in the season before disappointing when stepped up to a mile and a half for the Yorkshire Oaks.
Laurens showed her true colours back at a mile in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown three weeks ago, however, seeing off the now-retired wonder-filly Alpha Centauri. Wind Chimes is no better than 4-1, while Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Clemmie, Happily and I Can Fly.
Other contenders include Richard Hannon’s Billesdon Brook, who narrowly beat Laurens when claiming a shock victory in the 1000 Guineas over this course and distance in the spring, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Veracious and Aljazzi from Marco Botti’s yard.
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