Haydock Park,Saturday 9th August 2014,Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Day

With a slightly dodgy weather forecast and some hurricane called Bertha about give the UK it’s leftovers it was a shock to have glorious sunshine over this part of the Lancashire/Merseyside border for a seven race card.

Quality wise it’s the traditional post Goodwood pre York time of year so while some good horses turned out they might not have been the real stable stars but it was still good quality never the less.

Also it was a concert raceday too with Tom Jones doing his stuff after racing,oddly I was one of a few in the minority of just being there for the racing!

So a seven race card lets take a look at what happened.

1.55 Betfred “Play Today’s £1 1/2 Million Scoop6” Nursery Handicap,Class 2,5f,2yo

A tight race despite only four runners and it was Squats who just got the better of long time leader Profitable by a neck, The pace was steady and these two were always the first two from the gates opening and both didn’t see another rival.

Squats was the oldest horse in the race from foaling dates and wasn’t inconvenienced dropping to 5f but he has some useful form,notably first time out at Sandown when fourth of seven behind Ivawood, he’s on the upgrade and a more than useful developing sprinter.

2.20 Betfred Goals Galore Handicap,Class 2,1m2f 95yds,3yo+ (0-105)

This was a wide open looking handicap with plenty having one eye on next months Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.

Their must be something about the North West that ex Brazilian racer Energia Davos likes as he improved from his Chester fourth back in June to win this with a good deal in hand, last coming down the straight with 3f to go this spare ride for Ryan Tate (3) was angled to the outside and began to pick up and was certainly not stopping at the end, It’s taken a while for trainer Marco Botti to get the best from him,this ex Group One winner in Brazil has finally got a big win under his belt.

Llanarmon Lad came second,he ran his usual sound race and lost nothing in defeat, Elhamme looks held by the handicapper,Fattsota in fourth is also tricky to place and Rye House the Michael Stoute trained 5yo gelding ran a sound race but needs soft ground.

2.55 Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes,Group Three,1m2f 95yds,3yo+

A useful looking Group Race although only one 3yo took part.

This was a front running performance from the Mick Channon trained Amralah who bounce out under Joe Fanning and was never passed by another horse as he recorded a 1.25 length win over Hillstar and the Godolphin trained 3yo True Story back in third only beaten two lengths though.

Amralah was no fluke here as he came in off the back of a win in a Listed contest at Newbury, apparently he could be off to Leopardstown next month for the Champion Stakes although it could be wiser to pop over to France maybe and pick some Euro’s up over there, this was much deserved for Mick Channon,his jumpers have done will in the north west picking money up here and at Aintree with the likes of Loch Ba and Sgt Reckless.

Hillstar won at Royal Ascot and has been placed in top class events this season,he is consistent and always gives his running.

The Godolphin trained True Story was dropping down in Grade,he ran ok back in third but I think he will be better at Four after a bit of Dubai winter sun on his back.

3.25 Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern Fillies Stakes,Listed,1m,3yo+

All eyes were on English and Irish 1000 Guineas runner up Lightning Strike as what on paper looked a formality but a race is won on grass and Lightning Strike could only finish fourth as the spoils went to Token Of Love,a 3yo trained by William Haggas she came here off the back of a recent second spot in a handicap at Newbury and was a couple of lengths comfortably in front of Lady Lara who earned a bit of good Black Type here, Manderley was back in third and this is about her level.

Token Of Love is improving and will be upped to Group class after this and Lightning Strike has probably peaked for the season and is worth avoiding after this run.

4.00 Betfred Double Delight Handicap,Class 3,1m,3yo (0-95)

A fair race with a few of the seven runners looking to be in the grip of the handicapper at present.

Indeed it proved to be a case of stick with a potential improver as Ryan Moore finally got on the scoreboard with the Sir Michael Stoute trained Provenance in the colour of the Cheveley Park Stud, the filly ran on well after being moved to the outside and made it three wins from four starts this term, 1m looks to be her best trip and it’s no doubt expected that a Black Type race will be looked for to enhance her value.

Lesha from Kevin Ryan’s yard bounced back from a poor run at Goodwood to be runner up and could follow up soon, top weight Championship was third,he needs relenting a bit from the handicapper as does fourth horse Provident Spirit.

4.35 Betfred Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Handicap,Class 3,1m.3yo+ (0-95)

After 320 days it was business as usual for the John Gosden trained Cornrow who made his belated seasonal debut a winning one, always to the fore he is much better than a handicapper and gave the disqualified second placed horse Yourartisonfire who hampered Multi Bene who was third but after an inquiry the placing got reversed.

Plenty to like from Cornrow here as he went in off 87, he remains a fascinating prospect, He could go for a race like the Cambridgeshire which would suit him and should get in unless he gets fast tracked to Group company on his next start.

5.05 Betfred “Goals Galore Extra” Levy Board Handicap,Class 2,1m4f,3yo,(0-105)

A break since Royal Ascot did Montally the world of good as he recorded his second win of the season, a runner up here in May on Temple Stakes day he then went to the Royal meeting where he was fifth in the Queen’s Vase over 2m, he ran on well in the last furlong and it’s possible he will be Melrose bound after this unless he comes back here next month for the Old Borough Cup over 1m6f, this colt by Yeats has the look of a good stayer in the making.

Runner up Gwafa has plenty of ability and I think he is one of those whose best days are still to come as a 4yo, Mount Logan in third was having only is sixth start and will be another one better up in trip.

The big flop in the race came from Satellite who probably didn’t get the trip but is slowly becoming a member of the “expensive to follow” club.

A very pleasant afternoon then under glorious sunshine,not quite the same today as a write this with the heavens having a grand clear out of water!

Racing wise my next trip will be the Equinox meeting at Market Rasen as we get a chance to get our eye in over the sticks for some “proper racing”.

Hopefully in the meantime I shall try to cover a couple of local football matches either from the North West Counties or the Evo Stik but it will be non league never the less.

Till then thanks for reading and pleas try to RT as often as possible.

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