09/28/2006 12:00AM

Alexander Goldrun cuts back in Sun Chariot


Saturday?s running of the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket looks like fascinating renewal. There are five Group 1 winners in this nine-runner mile event for fillies and mares, and the remaining quartet are all proven group-race performers.

Alexander Goldrun will turn back in distance from her usual 10 to 12 furlongs, but will be a dangerous opponent. Usual jockey Kevin Manning has the ride.

The Michael Stoute-trained Peeress will look to repeat her win in the Sun Chariot last year, while Soviet Song, the multiple Group 1-winning mare, will be making what may be her final start in England before retirement. She is reunited with jockey Oscar Urbina, who partnered her to her first Group 1 win as a 2-year-old back in 2002. This is because jockey Jamie Spencer is sticking with the 3-year-old Red Evie. Winner of the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown three weeks ago, Red Evie has won seven consecutive races this year.

Finally, Speciosa, the 1000 Guineas winner, returns to the scene of her classic triumph. Although disappointing in her last two runs, she should enjoy being back racing against her own sex.