TRAINER Alec Laird is aiming Jessica Slack’s champion mare Smart Call at the Gr1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes run over 1600m at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 1 October.

A total of 36 entries have been received, aside from Smart Call including the likes of six-time Group 1 winner Minding, German 1000 Guineas winner Hawksmoor and the unbeaten Royal Ascot winner, Persuasive.

Laird commented: “Smart Call is definitely the best filly that I have trained and after she won the Met I began to think that she might even be better than London News, who I sent over to finish third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1997.

“It’s quite exciting as she will be my first true runner in Europe – London News was officially trained by Barry Hills. I couldn’t ask to travel with a nicer horse as she has a very good nature and seems to have taken all the various flights in her stride.

“It’s extremely exciting just to be on the world stage and it’s a real thrill for her to be in Newmarket – the home of horse racing. Smart Call has here for around a month now and is doing quite well – I will find out more when I’m am over there again in a week’s time when she will be doing a couple of gallops.”

“We are using it as part of her preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf [on 5th November]. It’s a bit daunting the length of time that she’s been off but, barring any hiccups, we should have just enough time to get her ready.”

-from Sporting Post.