The Voyage Returns Home
On an afternoon that resembled a near monsoon with many sane people on course wondering why they didnt stay in the warm comforts of home, those who did brave the elements on the most non summer Saturday afternoon of the flat season saw Safe Voyage rack up his third successive course and distance win as he landed the feature Group 3 John O’Gaunt Stakes over 7f.
Already unbeaten this season in a handicap and a listed race here, Safe Voyage faced arguably his toughest test so far but came through this examination with another A* as he travelled sweetly under Jason Hart and was fully in command as they hit the line.
Haydock regulars always build up a nice affinity with horses who reappear and Safe Voyage has got his place firmly cemented here making it four course wins from four starts, there isn’t much for him now apart from the Superior Mile in September which could be a target along with a possible go at the Sprint Cup should the ground be soft to heavy, failing that possibly a trip abroad for a stakes race over 7f will be sought after.
Suedois chased him home back in second spot which was a nice back to form run for him.
Klassique Has Lancashire Classic Hopes
The battle of the Wills came out in Mr Haggis’ favour in the Group 3 1m4f Pinnacle Stakes as Klassique readily disposed of many peoples banker of the day, the Willie Mullins trained True Self as she bagged the Group 3 prize very easily.
In a race which looked pretty decent on paper all eyes were on the odds on favourite True Self and she travelled nicely under regular pilot Colin Keane but she didnt quite pick up when asked and struggled to quicken up in the heavy ground compared to Klassique who was away and in command under Danny Tudhope.
Hopefully she will make the trip back from Newmarket for next months Lancashire Oaks where she would hold an excellent chance of winning that particular race.
True Self lost nothing in defeat,she was simply beaten by a better horse on the day and will be back to winning ways soon.
India Slays Achilles Field
Preston based trainer Eric Alston has had plenty of useful horses over the years at Haydock Park and another one to add to the list came in the feature sprint race of the day in the Listed Achilles Stakes over 5f, lightly races for her age she picked up three races last season over 5f and 6f with the big win of those being a Class 2 Fillies Handicap at Pontefract, she loves to bowl along and got the run of the race here on the heavy ground under the steerage of Wigan born jockey Tom Eaves.
While this may not have been a strong race she has certainly added to her paddock value with some valuable black type and can find more as the season progresses, Eric would no doubt love to have her in September’s Sprint Cup, it’s just a case of how much more progressing will she do during the season, she does hold a Wokingham entry at the Royal meeting in the meantime
Back in second was the Karl Burke trained Lady In France, a 3yo filly having only her second start having won at Newcastle on her debut, she showed plenty of promise here and can improve from this.
Finally a couple of 3yo to keep onside in the trackers, first up Mind The Crack looks a good future staying type as he routed a small but select field in the 1m4f 3yo handicap, wearing the Paul and Clare Rooney colours and already gelded he made light of his opening mark of 83 and can kick on throught the ratings while in the 6f handicap for 3yo Came From The Dark came good on his handicap debut under Gerald Mosse.