Richard Hannon intends to be double-handed with Billesdon Brook and Cloak Of Spirits in Saturday’s Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
Billesdon Brook will be seeking a third Group One success at the Rowley Mile track. She landed the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at 66-1 as a three-year-old and upset the odds again when winning this race at 16-1 last year, while Cloak Of Spirits, second to Love in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas earlier this season, won the Rosemary Stakes over course and distance at the Cambridgeshire meeting just last week
Hannon told Unibet: "Billesdon Brook loves it at Newmarket. She seems to run 10lbs better there than she does on any other track. We didn’t think she would win the 1000 Guineas, which she did, and we didn’t think she would win the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes last year, she was out of form, and she did. I see no reason why she couldn’t run a massive race.
"She comes alive at Newmarket, the straight mile seems to suit her a lot more than a round mile. She is working super at home. She doesn’t need much work because she is quite a keen-going sort, you really don’t have to do too much with her."
Cloak Of Spirits, also third in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at the course as a two-year-old, will be making her seventh start of the season on Saturday.
Hannon said: "Cloak of Spirits deserved that win in the Rosemary Stakes last time out. She is tough and a really sweet filly. Sheikh Mohammed Obaid has said to have one more run with her. She is in good form, she loves the track at Newmarket and she is just coming good. She did come good this time last year, so I am hopeful she can run a big race.
“Billesdon Brook looks like she is 15 years old in comparison to some three-year-olds. She is massive, very strong and robust, whereas Cloak Of Spirits is quite slight and elegant."
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