Lancaster Glory For Haggas
The colour may have been red as opposed to his native white but on a stellar afternoon for Yorkshire born and Newmarket based William Haggas he was riding on cloud nine after Addeybb picked up his second win of the season when landing the Group 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes in decent style in what looked in all honesty a fairly average renewal.
Successful in the Wolferton at the Royal meeting he found one too good at York last month but this will have put him back on track as he powered his way through the Haydock mud on what was a testing afternoon for horses, jockeys, stable staff and racegoers as the rain lashed down for most of the day.
Picking up his 7th career win he looks sure to be stepped up in grade again and was given a peach of a ride from top Haydock jockey Richard Kingscote, back in second was Pondus who looks to be going the right way and will certainly have more to offer as a 4yo.
As for Addeybb a Group 2 somewhere may be next, possibly a trip to France may suit as he loves soft ground unless a step up in trip for something like the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot in October or maybe the September Stakes at Kempton may be at the forefront of the trainers thoughts.
Murphy At The Double
Oisin Murphy had a couple of winners to keep himself at the top of the flat jockeys table during the afternoon.
His first one came on the afternoons opening contest when he bagged the golden highway down the stands side rail in the 1m handicap for 3yo when Barossa Red finally shed his maiden tag for trainer Andrew Balding, consistent this season without winning he kept up the gallop when picking up to lead with a furlong to go and looks like he will easily stay further, winning in the colours of Another Bottle Racing 2 it was definitely a case of a few bottles would have been opened in celebration.
Murphy’s biggest winner of the two came in the Listed Dick Hern Stakes also over 1m as Miss O’Connor made the step up from novice to listed class very easily as she followed up her recent Nottingham win 9 days before in fairly decent style to maintain her unbeaten record.
Getting some black type in early will have certainly pleased her owners Lael Stable and the next step will be to find some more and all being well with her that wont be a problem and she remains one to keep onside as she progresses.
Best Of The Rest.
Arguably one of the other eyecatching performances of the day came in the 6f Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Handicap as Last Empire routed a field of far more experienced sprint handicappers pretty readily under Sam James for trainer Kevin Ryan.
A dual winner at Hamilton this season after making her course debut here in October last year, Last Empire easily made light of her opening handicap mark of 80 and looks to have plenty of ability in her to say the least with gaining black type the main objective, she is one to keep in the trackers
Our next review will be in a fortnight or so when we pop across the Pennines to York for the Nunthorpe on day three of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
Till then goodbye