Newmarket preview: Frankel's sister, Chiasma, runs in feature

Sat 31 Jul 2021

By Graham Clark

Chiasma will bid to transfer her “great attitude” from the gallops to the track when attempting to follow in the hoof prints of her mighty brother Frankel by adding a win at Newmarket’s July Course to her CV in the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes.

Eleven years after her full brother and 10-time Group One winner Frankel made a winning debut at the track, the John and Thady Gosden-trained daughter of Galileo will attempt to secure the biggest victory of her career in the feature Listed prize.

Chiasma tasted defeat on her first two starts but took a step up to a mile and a half in her stride when running out the winner of a novice contest at Kempton Park last time out.

She is one of two runners in tomorrow’s contest for owners Juddmonte. Thady Gosden said: “It’s a good renewal of the race and some of the fillies in there have got some strong form by their names.

 Chiasma lost her maiden tag last time (Focusonracing)
Chiasma lost her maiden tag last time (Focusonracing)

“Chiasma won last time out which was important for her and for Juddmonte. Now we hope to get some black type next to her name with a pedigree like hers.

“She was beaten by a smart filly on soft ground at Goodwood over a mile and a quarter and she showed improvement for the step up to a mile and a half last time.

“If the ground is faster it won’t be a worry, although it is due to rain and she has already run on soft ground. She shows a great attitude at home and enjoys her work.”

Roger Varian believes Save A Forest can get her career back on track and use the race as a springboard to bigger targets later in the campaign.

The Kingman filly, who will sport first time cheek pieces, was last seen finishing fourth in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom Downs.

Varian said: “Save A Forest is a lovely filly who has improved with every start. She comes out well at the weights on Saturday and looks to have a decent chance.

“Her run in the Oaks was very good. There should be more to come from her in the second half of the summer into the autumn and hopefully the Chalice Stakes can be a good springboard into those backend races.

“She is a little lazy with her way of running so we have put the cheek pieces on to help her travel better in the early part of her races. There is no questioning her attitude as at the end of a race she is very game.

“She is very laidback in the mornings and you wouldn’t know she was there but it is about the afternoons and not the mornings and she produces in the afternoon.

“She is a filly who is thriving physically and at this time of year that is a good thing.”

Ralph Beckett expects the track to suit the other Juddmonte-owned runner in the race, Yesyes, as she puts her unbeaten record on the line having followed up her winning debut at Haydock Park with victory last time out at Lingfield.

Beckett said: “She has had a lovely introduction to her career on the racecourse, winning both of her starts.

“The mile and a half on the July Course should suit her really well, particularly as they have a drop of rain forecast. Her first run has been given a boost and it is lovely form.

“We’ve had to be patient with her as she was slow to come to hand. Last year she was a big filly and was simply not ready to race.”

Charlie Appleby is confident Sayyida can put her assured stamina to good use and complete a hat-trick of wins for the campaign by backing up victories on the Rowley Mile and most recently over course and distance.

The trainer said: “She goes into the race on the back of a couple of nice wins there, including over course and distance last time out.

“We will be slightly on weather watch as we would like a bit of rain as it was quick enough there on her last start.

“It is her first chance to step up into black type company. We are pleased with her preparation and the one thing she does is stay well.”

Andrew Balding is another hoping plenty of rain arrives at the track to allow Italian Oaks fifth Invite to make a positive impact on her stable debut.

Balding said: “She is new to us but she ran a good race last time out in the Italian Oaks. She really needs the rain to come to be seen at her best and participate.

“We’ve not had her long but she seems settled and relaxed. I hope she would stay this trip as she has shaped like a stayer in her previous runs, from what I’ve seen.”

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