Alice Springs takes third Group One of year
Alice Springs gained a third Group One success of the season when seeing off the determined challenge of Always Smile in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
Sent off the 13-8 favourite after blitzing a good field in the Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, Aidan O'Brien's filly was not as impressive on this occasion.
Arabian Queen tried to make all, but Always Smile and then Alice Springs swooped past.
It initially looked as if Ryan Moore was going to run out an easy winner on the market leader, but Saeed bin Suroor's four-year-old made her pull out all the stops.
Three-quarters of a length separated them at the line, with Ervedya staying on strongly but too late in the day to claim third.