If you are looking to see some speedy two-year-olds, then the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes is the race to watch. It takes place on Friday September 10 at Doncaster and is run over five furlongs and three yards. Who knows, those three yards might decide the winner.
The prize for coming first in this race is £63,799 and the forecast ground is Good to Firm. Last year, this race was won by Ubettabelieveit, trained by Nigel Tinkler. The winner got up in the final strides to beat Sacred by a short head. Later in 2020, the winner went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint but has had a pretty disastrous three-year-old campaign. Let’s take a look at the top contenders to win the 2021 running of this race, informed turfnsport.com.
Richard Hannon trains Armor who is currently the 2/1 favourite to win this Group 2 race. Armor has taken part in four races and won two of them. A win came on debut at Doncaster over this distance. That was in a Class 5 race on Good to Firm ground. So we already have a course and distance winner who can go on this ground.
Armor then headed to Royal Ascot and finished fifth in the Class 1 Windsor Castle Stakes. July saw Armor back in winning ways, landing a Group 3 race at Goodwood on soft ground. The last outing was a Group 1 race at Deauville. That was over six furlongs but Armor didn’t have much to offer in the final furlong. Pundits believe a return to five furlongs can bring a third win of the year. You can claim your bet bonus by entering this bonus offer from the bet365 UK.
Second favourite for the Flying Childers Stakes is Caturra, trained by Clive Cox. This runner has had six runs this year, being successful in two of them. Fourth in Class 4 on debut, Caturra got off the mark with a win in Class 5 at Bath. Caturra next raced in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot but could only finish seventh.
The second win for Caturra came over six furlongs in a Listed Race at Newbury in mid-July. Soon after, the two-year-old ran in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and finished last of the seven runners. Little was found in the closing stages of that six furlong race. The decision was taken to drop back to five furlongs and Caturra was second behind Atta Girl at York on August 21. With a clearer run, Caturra could have won that race and will be a major threat this weekend according to the Daily Express.
Also fancied to run well is the hat-trick chasing Corazon who is trained by George Boughey. This contender is also available at present at odds of 5/1. Corazon ran green on debut on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in July and only finished fourth in a Class 6 race.
A much better performance came next time out. Moved to the all-weather at Lingfield, Corazon won in Class 4 and was running on in the fifth and final furlong. Finally, this runner had a race on turf and won the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Longchamp on September 2. A battling performance as Corazon fought back to win after being headed in the final furlong. A repeat of that form may produce a third straight win this weekend.