Chigun has options at Newmarket
Last Updated: 09/09/13 2:54pm
Chigun: Newmarket option
Chigun could try to atone for a disappointing Leopardstown run at Newmarket later this month.
The Lady Cecil-trained four-year-old finished only seventh in Saturday's Matron Stakes, despite beating big-race winner La Collina by nearly three lengths in a Group Three event at the Curragh in May.
She failed to confirm that form as she was beaten just over eight lengths last weekend and Rob Speers, racing manager for owner Ibrahim Araci, could offer no reason for her lacklustre effort.
"Nothing has come to light. She was obviously a little bit disappointing as a repeat of her performance at Newmarket or the Curragh earlier in the season, when she had La Collina well behind, would have seen her go close," he said.
"She just hasn't quite run her race.
"She did have a stone bruise going into the race which meant that rather than travelling on Thursday night as planned, she had a poultice on her foot. We didn't get the shoe back on until Friday and then she travelled over.
"While I'm not using that as an excuse, her lead up to the race just wasn't 100% perfect."
Chigun now has the option of contesting either the Group Two Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket on September 27 or the Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes 24 hours later.
The Oasis Dream filly arguably posted a career-best effort at Headquarters back in May when beaten just a short head by subsequent Beverly D Stakes winner Dank.
"We will now try to freshen her up a bit as she has a couple of entries at Newmarket later this month," said Speers.
"The Joel Stakes is run over the same course and distance as when she just got beat by Dank in what was probably her best run of the year.
"She's also in the Sun Chariot against her own sex so we'll just try to freshen her up and have a look at those races nearer the time.
"We will just take it one step at a time with her and try to regain her sparkle."