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Locals can raise a glass to Sydneyarms Chelsea after Deauville strike

Bargain-buy Sydneyarms Chelsea secured Group Three honours for Charlie Hills in the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville.

Snapped up for just £9,000 as a yearling on behalf of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicate that own her, the daughter of Sioux Nation got off to a flying start when making a winning debut at Newbury in May to earn herself a ticket to Royal Ascot.

Sydneyarms Chelsea, named after a London pub, finished a creditable fifth to Meditate and Mawj in a strong renewal of the Albany Stakes before placing fourth in a Deauville Listed contest just over three weeks ago.

With Ryan Moore in the saddle, the British raider was a 6-1 shot for the Sky Sports Racing-sponsored event on her return to Normandy and was ultimately good value for the winning margin of three-quarters of a length over Terrestrial.

Ipanema Princess ran a creditable race in third for Newmarket-based trainer Amy Murphy.

Former Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer, who is managing director and racing manager of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicates, was understandably thrilled with the performance of the winner.

“She did it really well. She jumped well and settled into a lovely position and quickened up nicely,” said Spencer.

“She was unlucky last time. Everything went wrong that could have gone wrong, so it wasn’t unexpected what she’s done today.

“She’s a lovely, big filly that Charlie has been really excited about ever since he got her.”

Sydneyarms Chelsea holds entries in the Debutante Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, while she also has the option of returning to Deauville later in the month.

Spencer added: “Charlie is in America at the moment and I haven’t spoken to him, but I believe he has given her an entry for the Prix du Calvados on August 20.

“She only cost £9,000 and it’s really exciting. It’s nice she’s got some winning black type and we can step her up now.

“I’d say there might be a celebration in The Sydney Arms tonight! This syndicate is done slightly differently as while it is run by Chelsea Thoroughbreds, it has a lower price point and it’s great to get people in and around the pub involved.

“For some of them this is their first experience of owning a horse, so it looks easy!

“The Sydney Arms is where we use as our base for things like Royal Ascot previews and Cheltenham previews and quite a lot of racing people go there.”

Decision pending on Sydneyarms Chelsea for Royal Ascot

Connections of Sydneyarms Chelsea are considering options which could include a run in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot next Friday.

The Sioux Nation filly scored on debut over an extended six furlongs at Newbury and may well take on the likes of Saeed bin Suroor’s Mawj and Aidan O’Brien’s Statuette in the six-furlong contest.

There was plenty to like about Sydneyarms Chelsea’s attitude in winning her maiden by half a length under William Buick and former Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer, who is managing director and racing manager of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicates, feels the Charlie Hills-trained filly will be suited to the Albany, should she get the green light.

“Her plans are undecided at the moment,” said Spencer. “If she does go to Ascot, she will go to the Albany.

“It was a good performance at Newbury. We like her a lot and think she would hold her own at Ascot, because she was just running on raw ability when she won.

“I think the stiff six would suit her at Ascot. We are not totally sure to go there. It is fifty-fifty at the moment.

“She has come out of her race very well and didn’t lose much weight, and Charlie is very pleased with her.”

Chelsea Thoroughbreds, a London-based racehorse “ownership club”, founded by Richard Morecombe, has tasted plenty of success since being founded in 2014.

The aim of the syndicates, which offer between 10 and 20 shares depending on the cost of the horse, is to attract more people into racing.

Spencer added: “We have a pub in Chelsea, hence the filly is called Sydneyarms Chelsea, and she runs in the pub colours as opposed to Chelsea Thoroughbred colours.

“In Chelsea Thoroughbred horses there are usually 10 shares and some have 20 shares, where the price point is a bit lower.

“We are trying to encourage younger people and make it a little bit more affordable – and the Sydney Arms Chelsea Syndicate 1 have struck lucky with the first one, really!”