2021 Sun Chariot Stakes Tips, Odds & Picks

The week after Newmarket stages the Cambridgeshire Meeting, Flat racing HQ opens it's gates again for Sun Chariot Stakes day. The namesake race on the card is the Sun Chariot Stakes, a Group One race run over a mile for fillies and mares.

The Sun Chariot was first run on the Rowley Mile in 1966. Many top fillies and mares have won this lucrative race, and a quality field is guaranteed to line up at Newmarket every season.

Sun Chariot Stakes Key Facts

DateSaturday 2nd October, 2021
TrackNewmarket (Rowley Mile)
Distance1m
StatusGroup 1
Age3YO+
SexFillies and Mares
First Prize£141k

2021 Sun Chariot Stakes Odds


Name
Odds
Snow Lantern11/4
Alcohol Free7/2
Mother Earth5/1
No Speak Alexander8/1
Saffron Beach8/1
Bar10/1

*Odds taken on 29/9/21*

2021 Sun Chariot Stakes Tips

Our full guide to the 2021 Sun Chariot Stakes is now live on our website.

Sun Chariot Stakes Day Card

The Sun Chariot Stakes is the only feature on the Newmarket card in October.

Race No.
Race Name
1Novice Stakes
2Class 2 Handicap
3Sun Chariot Stakes
4Novice Stakes
5Class 2 Stakes
6Fillies' Handicap
7Middle Distance Handicap
8Class 2 Handicap

Sun Chariot Stakes History

Named in honour of fillies' Triple Crown winner Sun Chariot, which was successful in 1942 when the fillies' races were staged at Newmarket due to the war.

Established in 1966, the Sun Chariot Stakes was elevated to Group 1 status in 2004 when being taken out by Attraction for Mark Johnson and jockey Kevin Darley.

Formerly held on the final day of the Cambridgeshire meeting, it was moved to a week later in 2014 and is now a stand-alone Group 1 in October.

It has been won by many champion fillies and mares, but Sahpresa stands out with three consecutive wins from 2009-2011.

The French-trained runner dominated the race for three years and it's unlikely punters will ever see that feat repeated.

Lester Piggott won six times as a jockey and Luca Cumani won six times as a trainer, with his most recent win coming in 1998 with Kissogram.

The more recent times the Sun Chariot Stakes has been dominated by jockey Ryan Moore, who won with Integral in 2014, Alice Springs in 2016 and Roly Poly in 2017.

Both Alice Springs and Roly Poly were trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Karl Burke's popular filly, Laurens beat Aidan O'Brien's Happily to win the 2018 Sun Chariot Stakes. Former Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook came out victorious the following year, with Nazeef handing John Gosden an overdue second Sun Chariot victory in 2020.

Sun Chariot Stakes betting guide

There was a time when the Sun Chariot Stakes would produce an outside result, but the race has only grown in popularity and the well-fancied runners have shown up in recent times.

There have been four favourites win from the last five years, which includes the likes of Alice Springs, Esoterique and Sky Lantern.

The only winner in the last five years not to be the favourite was Roly Poly, which paid 4/1 with bookmakers.

Sahpresa won its first Sun Chariot Stakes in 2009 at odds of 16/1 but paid only 9/2 when winning for a second time.

Bookmakers had to run her as the favourite in 2011 and she did the job nicely at odds of 13/8.

In all three of Sahpresa's wins, she had won only once prior that season.

Prior to Sahpresa's wins there were some upset results. Spinning Queen and Majestic Roi both paid double-figure odds, but the trend has definitely changed since then.

Recent Sun Chariot Stakes winners


Year
Race Winner
2020Nazeef
2019Billesdon Brook
2018Laurens
2017Roly Poly
2016Alice Springs
2015Esoterique
2014Integral
2013Sky Lantern
2012Siyouma
2011Sahpresa
2010Sahpresa
2009Sahpresa
2008Halfway to Heaven
2007Majestic Roi
2006Spinning Queen
2005Peerees
2004Attraction
2003Echoes in Eternity
2002Dress to Thrill
2001Independence
2000Danceabout
1999Lady in Waiting
1998Kissogram
1997One So Wonderful
1996Last Second
1995Warning Shadows
1994La Confederation
1993Talented
1992Red Slippers
1991Ristna
1990Kartajana
1989Braiswick
1988Indian Skimmer