Yorkshire had an afternoon to remember at a very wet and soggy Haydock Park as the fair county from the other side of the Pennines took three of the big races with the most notable being the amazing sprinting filly Quiet Reflection in the feature Group One Sprint Cup over 6f.
The 3yo has been a revelation this summer with wins in the Sandy Lane Stakes here and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot for trainer Karl Burke,she travelled well throughout under Dougie Costello who would have been used to these conditions from his jumping days, Ascot now beckons next month before a more than likely retirement to the Paddocks,The Tin Man was a gallant runner up on ground not really to his liking but this filly received a grand reception.
Intense Tango gave Karl Burke a notable double as she just hung on under quality apprentice Clifford Lee (7) to lad the 1m6f Old Borough Cup,making all she quickened the pace around the home turn which proved to be the winning move and she held on by a head from Montaly, It’s possible albeit an outside chance that we may see her back here in November for the 2m hurdle on Lancashire Chase Day but before that the mares race at Wetherby looks likely.
Frankie Dettori made the journey worthwhile as Hathal won on his belated seasonal debut in the Group Three Superior Mile for William Haggis,just getting the edge over Mitchum Swagger and Convey in a thrilling finish, he could go to Ascot for the QE II and if it came up soft would be worth a chance unless connections prefer to keep him fresh for a chance to visit Dubai in the winter.
Frankuus improved for the step up to a mile when making almost all to land the Ascendante Stakes,he should make an even better 3yo,he could have one more run possibly in the Royal Lodge before a nice winter break, previous course winner Star Of Rory stayed on well in second and looks to be coming along nicely.
The 5f Be Friendly Handicap produced another thrilling finish as Soie D’Leau just got the better over Confessional whose a standing dish in this race, Soie D’Leau gave his trainer Kristin Stubbs dreams of Doncaster on Saturday with a crack at the Portland looking likely.
In the opening fillies handicap over 1m2f trainer Mick Channon gave jockey Alexis Badel his first winner on his first ride at Haydock as Motdaw battled on gamely to hang on from Rosental by half a length, connections will no doubt be eyeing some black type for her soon and she relished the conditions from a jockey whose probably ridden over worse in France.
The finale was a 1m6f race for 3yo and like in the Old Borough Cup it was a display of front running by Oisin Murphy on The Graduate who dug deep and brought down the stands side drew over four lengths clear from Cosmeapolitan in a race which the eight runner field were 54 lengths first to last,plenty to like about this winner he should make into a quality stayer in time.
Cosmeapolitan,3yo gelding trained by Alan King was runner up in the last and will be over hurdles at some point.
Montaly,5yo gelding from Andrew Balding,nearly broke Intense Tango’s heart but looks a Cesarewitch type.
A good afternoons racing albeit in attrocious conditions for flat racing,not to much more flat to come on here before the return of the jumpers.
Till next time Goodbye