Roly Poly wins the Sun Chariot to give O'Brien his 23rd G1 of the season

Filed on 9 Oct 2017 @ 09:18

Roly Poly (War Front) gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his 23rd Group One win of the year - just two short of the late Bobby Frankel's world record - with a battling performance in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Roly Poly kept responding to Ryan Moore's urgings and saw off Persuasive by a length with Nathra a length and a quarter away in third, giving Jimmy Fortune a fine result on his last ride before retirement.

O'Brien said: "She's a great filly, with a great heart. She's tactical and tough, amazing really. She's incredibly bred, out of a very good Galileo mare and by War Front, and the lads do a great job with her at home.

"I think so (go to Breeders' Cup), the lads (Coolmore) will decide what they want to do, but her and Rhododendron could be trained for the Filly And Mare race if that's what the lads want to do."

John Gosden said of Persuasive and Nathra: "They both ran superbly well. The winner on this ground was too good for us.

"With a bit more juice in the ground, both of our fillies would have troubled the winner. They have run second and third and I could not be more thrilled with them.

"They have run true and honest right to the end of the season. I think that will probably be it for both of them and the breeding sheds beckon."

Fortune said: "It is a bit emotional, really. She is a very tough filly and could have done with a bit of juice in the ground, but she would have probably only been second, to be honest.

"It is a nice race to finish off in."

Filed on 9 Oct 2017 @ 09:18