06/25/2008 11:00PM

Society's Chairman sharp for stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The connections of Queen's Plate winner Not Bourbon - owner Charles Fipke, trainer Roger Attfield, and jockey Jono Jones - will try to win their second straight Woodbine stakes Saturday when Society's Chairman runs in the $300,000 King Edward Breeders' Cup.

Society's Chairman, a lightly raced 5-year-old son of Not Impossible, will be well-backed in the nine-furlong turf event. He didn't debut until he toppled $80,000 maidens March 12 at Gulfstream, and he then came back to take a one-mile allowance at Keeneland.

Society's Chairman was bet down to 7-2 in the May 25 Connaught Cup Stakes and finished a close second in the 1 1/16-mile grass route. Despite the big jump up in class, Attfield said he was very confident going into the Grade 3 race.

"I thought he'd win that race for sure," Attfield said. "He didn't, but he's a nice horse."

Unlike Not Bourbon, who is also a son of the deceased Not Impossible, Society's Chairman has been plagued by injuries, but Attfield said the horse is in fine fettle.

"All his life, it was one thing after another with him," Attfield said. "He's very much on his game right now."

Other contenders in the Grade 2 King Edward include French Beret, Ice Bear, and Royal Oath.

After a productive winter campaign at the Fair Grounds, which included a triumph in the Grade 3 Colonel R. Bradley Handicap, French Beret finished third in the Connaught Cup. Trainer Mark Frostad said he was disappointed with French Beret's race that day.

"He went very wide," Frostad explained. "He lost a few lengths, but that's him. He's only won three races in 26 starts. He's had [a bunch] of seconds and thirds. It doesn't seem to matter who you run him against, allowance or graded horses, he always finishes up the same way."

Frostad believes the lack of speed in the King Edward will hurt French Beret's chances, but he said the rain in the forecast should be to the gelding's benefit.

"Some give to the turf will help us," Frostad said. "I don't think he acts very well on rock-hard ground."

Ice Bear came from a stalking position to win a recent optional claimer. He could go a long way on the front end if he inherits an easy lead.

Royal Oath, formerly based in England and Dubai, is making his first start for trainer Mark Casse after ending up fifth in the Connaught.