Buick and Gosden confident in Kate
Saturday 29 September 2012
By Ashley Wishaw
William Buick is bullish about the chances of Elusive Kate in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Elusive Kate arguably brings the strongest form into the race, having followed up a narrow second in the Falmouth Stakes with victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville. Her best run came in defeat when she was just over a length behind Excelebration and Cityscape in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last month.
Elusive Kate vies for favouritism with Beauty Parlour, who joined Sir Henry Cecil earlier this season from France, and Buick was wary of the French 1,000 Guineas winner.
"She is in really good form," Buick told Racing UK radio. "I am confident in her but I have a lot of respect for Beauty Parlour as well. She ran really well in the Jacques Le Marois behind Excelebration and Cityscape. I’m hopeful."
Alongside Beauty Parlour and Elusive Kate, Group One winners Chachamaidee and La Collina also make the line-up.
Trainer John Gosden is wary of the competition, though, and believes this season's renewal is as good as there has been in recent years. While four of the eight fillies are already Group One winners, another three horses having been successful at Group Two level.
"She's a tough little cookie and we'll see how she goes," Gosden told Racing UK. "She is in fine form. She has been freshened up a bit since Deauville and it looks a phenomenal race. It's the best Group One around. She's run well this year."