Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Day in the Sun for Alice Springs; O'Brien Filly Could Pull a Chariot Home; Pot of Gold for Rainbow Mist

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Day in the Sun for Alice Springs; O'Brien Filly Could Pull a Chariot Home; Pot of Gold for Rainbow Mist

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Byline: Garry Owen

ALICE SPRINGS can turn up the heat on her rivals in today's Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

The Galileo filly is yet another star to roll off the Ballydoyle conveyor belt and her mark of 115 makes her top-rated in today's Group 1 field.

Third to her two stablemates Minding and Ballydoyle in the 1000 Guineas at HQ, she ran a little TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE flat when seventh to La Cressonniere in the French version which may have come too soon. She didn't enjoy the best of runs when third to Qemah in the Coronation at Royal Ascot, but impressed when breaking her Group 1 duck in the Falmouth.

Sent off fav for a Grade 1 at Deauville, she flopped behind old rival Qemah, but took revenge in style when thrashing the field in the Matron at Leopardstown.

O'Brien has stated all season the key to her is proper quick ground and said: "Everything has gone well since Leopardstown. She likes that ground and if it stays nice it will suit her well."

It is eight years since Halfway To Heaven last provided O'Brien with a Sun Chariot victory but Alice is looking class, through and through.

Dean Ivory's LIBRISA BREEZE (3.40) can do us a turn in the brutal Challenge Cup at Ascot. The lightly-raced son of Mount Nelson has made significant progress this season and seems to have struck up a good partnership with Rab Winston. A brave second to Portage in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot on soft ground, the grey landed quite a gamble when breezing up in the International here in July on a good to firm surface.

Stepped up to a Group 3 at York he was far from disgraced when fourth to Nemoralia. The Radlett handler has not been setting the heather on fire recently, but he reports his four-year-old to be in fine shape.

Ivory said: "We're drawn on the stands side (stall 16). I'm not sure groups it might not be the best of draws, like he had last time.

"He was drawn high in the Hunt Cup and had to come across. …

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