Much nicer weather ensured a decent turnout for Saturday’s Bank Holiday meeting at Haydock, some decent racing including some Group and a Listed race along with traditionallly tricky handicaps including one which had a sixteen runner field on television!
That said let’s take a look at the best of the action from yesterday afternoon
Kinross Lands First Gaunt For Frankie & Ralphy
It is very rare that Frankie Dettori would only have two rides on a Saturday afternoon especially when making the long trek from his Newmarket home to Haydock but of those two races he had mounts in he made sure that he didn’t go home empty handed as he rode Kinross for Ralph Beckett to land the feature race of the afternoon the John Of Gaunt Stakes.
A very strong looking Group 3 over 7f he came through to lead just as the furlong pole came in sight and from that Kinross began to pull readily away, fresh from an unsuccessful visit to Dubai in the winter Kinross had been given plenty of rest and subsequently gelded, he looks an out an out 7f horse so looks likely to be aimed towards Goodwood in the summer and maybe France too.
Chasing him home in second was the Jessica Harrington trained Njord who gave a very good account of himself and it won’t be long before he lands a nice race back at a mile, Glorious Journey was also eye catching in third and will come on plenty for the run.
Popular Haydock horse Safe Voyage ran another poor race finishing out at the back, he doesn’t seem the same horse at the moment and he may be giving signs that he fancies retirement.
Royal Winner For Murphy
Oisin Murphy may well have been suffering from toothache but that didn’t stop last seasons top jockey from drilling home the Queen’s King’s Lynn from getting the better of Moss Gill in the Listed Achillies Stakes over 5f to give himself the perfect anaesthetic although the only crown Oisin may be getting at the moment will be from the riding dentist Sam Waley-Cohen as opposed to Her Majesty.
On paper a very wide open race with eleven horses rated 87 to 107 and King’s Lynn who came here having chased home El Astronaute at Chester reversed the form and in what has been very tricky times for Her Majesty this will have certainly put a smile on her face and also make her need to find a bit of space for the glass jug given as her owners prize along with the £16487 for first place.
A visit to Royal Ascot might be on the cards for the Kings Stand next month although having to get the better of Battaash will be asking for even more improvement but this 4yo hasn’t had much racing and still has more to give off this running.
Candy Sweet On Lune
A return visit to Haydock in July is almost certain for La Lune as she followed up her recent win in the Nottinghamshire Oaks by breezing home to land the G3 Pinnacle Stakes over 1m4f.
Certainly not a strong renewal of this race by any means but La Lune is far better form than last year and this 5yo mare made it two from two this season to give her some more black type and to put her in the picture for the Lancashire Oaks in which would be the more logical choice of race.
Always travelling easy behind the pace she only had to be pushed out to win with a bit in hand under David Probert.
Best Of The Rest
Mo Celita won her fifth race on the bounce for trainer Adrian Nicholls as she did a carbon copy of last weekends course and distance win, raised 7lb from last week but with Laura Coughlan’s very useful 5lb claim the pair at the moment have a great partnership and both could well be York bound in a fortnight for the big 6f sprint for 3yo’s and another alternative is for the owners to swap the flat caps for top hats and have a go in the Jersey Stakes over 7f.
In the opening 1m4f handicap Quickthorn in the colours of Lady Blyth won a tricky looking race fairly easily under Oisin Murphy, making his season reappearance he should have more to offer this summer and it’d be no shock to see a hurdling career in the offing later on.
Another Super Saturday of excellent racing at Haydock Park, considering this is the traditional time when we have the Derby coming up before Royal Ascot the quality of the racing did hold up nicely as a crowd of 3,000 had a relaxing afternoon in the sun.
After two successive Saturday racedays we now take our usual June break unless anything else comes in so until next time do tske care and stay safe.