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2022 Sun Chariot Stakes Tips - Will Saffron Beach reign supreme again at Newmarket?

Last updated: 29 Sep 2022
Jon Vine 29 Sep 2022
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  • Tips and odds for the 2022 Sun Chariot Stakes
  • This Group One takes place at Newmarket on Saturday 1st October
  • Saffron Beach head Homeless Songs, Laurel and Prosperous Voyage in the betting
  • Saffron Beach is our best betting tip at 11/8
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Saffron Beach winning at Newmarket. (Getty)

The main event at Newmarket on Saturday is the Sun Chariot Stakes. This famous race was first held on the Rowley Mile back in 1966 and Saffron Beach will attempt to become just the third two-time winner when she defends her crown this weekend.

We've looked through the confirmed runners for Saturday's Sun Chariot Stakes and picked out our best betting tips.

2022 Sun Chariot Stakes Odds

Saffron Beach11/8
Homeless Songs9/4
Prosperous Voyage15/2

*Odds taken on 29/9/22*

2022 Sun Chariot Stakes Entries

Eve Johnson-Houghton's stable star thrashed some decent rivals with a stunning front-running display 12 months ago. Saffron Beach ran away with the Duke Of Cambridge and the Prix Rothschild earlier this season and returns to Newmarket on the back of a fine runner-up finish in the Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend.

Homeless Songs was the beaten favourite in the Matron and Dermot Weld's impressive Irish 1000 Guineas winner could renew rivalries with Saffron Beach on Saturday. John and Thady Gosden will be represented by unbeaten three-year-old Laurel and stablemate Grande Dame, who'll be ridden by Jamie Spencer.

Rob Hornby and Ralph Beckett team up with Prosperous Voyage, who defeat Inspiral in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival. Neil Callan will ride Fonteyn for Kevin Ryan, with Richard Kingscote again partnering Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old, Lights On. Mrs Fitzherbert and By All Means complete the field.

2022 Sun Chariot Stakes Tips

If the Homeless Songs who won the Irish 1000 Guineas so brilliantly turns up at Newmarket racecourse on Saturday, then she'll have a huge say in the matter. However, Dermot Weld's filly produced a flat performance when only fourth in the Matron last time out and I'm worried that the uphill run to the line on the Rowley Mile won't suit this speedy sort.

I can't be backing Laurel on the back of two novice outings and Prosperous Voyage is at her best on quicker ground. Lights On has a shocking run in the Matron to overcome and the likes of Grande Dame and Fonteyn simply aren't up to Group One standard.

In short, this looks like an ideal opportunity for SAFFRON BEACH to retain her Sun Chariot crown. Eve Johnson Houghton's filly was peerless in this race 12 months ago and has continued to improve during her four-year-old campaign, making all to land valuable prizes at Royal Ascot and Deauville. 

Front-running tactics usually pay off on the Rowley Mile and there are no concerns regarding the ground. William Buick's mount will be very hard to beat.


With nothing standing out in opposition, Saffron Beach is extremely hard to oppose, even at 11/8.

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