Haydock Park, Thursday 5th September 2019, Sprint Cup Festival, Day One

Illumined Lights Up Haydock

Another week, another festival and again more winners on the scoreboard for John Gosden as he landed a double at the Merseyside venue on an afternoon which had a mix of sun,wind and rain in various combinations throughout the racing as day one of three commenced at Haydock.

Thursday’s feature race was the icing on the cake for the double as Robert Havlin executed perfect tactics on the 3yo filly Illumine as she made all to land the feature 1m2f Fillies’ Handicap, always travelling well she found plenty when asked to land her first handicap of 85 and looks capable of further improvement, already successful over 1m4f this summer she will definitely be sent in search of some black type now and looks a more than useful type.

Arabist was the first part of the Gosden double when taking the 1m4f maiden for 3yo under Frankie, still an entire he had to work hard for this but stuck to the task to break his duck for his owners, Denford Stud, he is in the “could be anything” stage at the moment but expect a bit of improvement during the autumn.

Qaysar Lands Byron Stakes

It wasn’t to be for Gordon Lord Byron in the race which carried his name, the 7f Conditions Stakes as Qaysar bounced back to winning ways as he just hung on to the fast finishing Dubai Dominion for the winning pot which was just over £9k and a few quid more.

In what looked a tight little race all six still held chances come the business end of the race but Qaysar took the lead inside the last furlong and the line came up just in time to take the pot.

Going in off a career high mark of 100 Qaysar will have to tackle Listed or Group 3 company now and he could find a bit extra although it won’t be easy.

Gordon Lord Byron didnt get the poetic send off in what could have been his final race at Haydock but he ran respectfully although it does look like old father time is catching up with him.

Dascombe At The Double

Finally local trainer Tom Dascombe also had two winners on the afternoon, first up Panic Room made it third time lucky when he landed the 1m 2yo Novice Stakes, stepping up trip after two placed efforts over 6f he looks to be heading the right way and should offer even more next season in the colours of John Dance.

Leg two came up for the Deva Racing Epaulette Partnership as Epaulement picked up the Class 2 1m4f handicap very nicely, third in July’s Old Newton Cup this was much calmer waters than of late and he went in with some style, a huge gathering of his owners were in the winners enclosure to greet him and no doubt they will be toasting this afternoons victory for quite a bit!

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