Haydock Park, Saturday 3rd July 2021, Bet365 Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup Day

Rausing Lancashire Success For Alpanista

It might be highly unlikely that Kirsten Rausing celebrated with a plate of Lancashire HotPot added with slices of Bury Black Pudding and then maybe for the odd treat dipping into a quarter of Uncle Joe’s but the Lancashire Red Rose was very much the order of the day for the Sir Mark Prescott trained Alpanista as she finally gained a much deserved Group win in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks under Luke Morris

With two wins at Listed level to her name Alpanista has been very highly tried in the big races but hadn’t quite been able to reach that next level, this afternoon though she did just that and in fairly testing conditions Alpanista had to work for it but her class told as she powered away fairly readily in the end.

Possibilities for her next race will probably be either the Lily Langtree at Goodwood although another crack at the Yorkshire Oaks in August would be the more favoured option for this 4yo filly who will be going into that race with connections very much full of confidence after this win.

Alounak Takes Main Course

Originally on Thursday seventeen horses were declared but due to the overnight rain on Friday night this led to five horses being taken out of the Old Newton Cup which meant just twelve horses took part in Haydock’s oldest and most famous race.

The King Power owners are used to lifting famous cups aloft nowadays and the Old Newton Cup will join that list as Alounak under Silvestre De Souza came home a very nice winner to finally land his first win in England since switching to the Andrew Balding yard last summer, he’s been dropping slowly down the handicap and went in here off 102 so how the handicapper will react now will be very interesting indeed.

He could have a crack at the Ebor which would be of interest for sure if the ground came up soft but maybe visits over the water to France might be better as he could be tricky to place from now on.

Tashkan Very Impressive

Brian Ellison looks to have a very nice staying horse on his hands as Tashkan showed true grit and determination to land a very competitive 1m6f handicap for the 3yo in good style.

Under apprentice Harry Russell whose 5lb claim came in very generously he was kept away from the early exchanges but towards the business end picked his way through and came down the near side rail to easily hold off Summer’s Knight by 1.5 lenghts.

Winning this off 86 will mean he should get into the Melrose if that’s where he ends up and at the moment staying races do appear to be his forte and could even end up in the Cesarewitch if he keeps on improving.


Elsewhere on the card Sir Titus took the concluding 5f handicap for 3yo under an enterprising Graham Lee ride as he ploughed his own furrow over on far side keeping him racing by his own, winning off 79 he isn’t quite ahead of the handicapper but most definitely has another race or two in him.

Finally the old boy Danzeno won a very tight looking 6f Conditions race and despite only three runners being in the field he showed that even at the age of 10 he still has a love of the game, he is entered in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood at the end of the month although he will probably find things that little bit tricker this win will have improved his confidence no end for sure.

Another Oaks and Cup Day has come and gone, as usual the crowd was capped but with restrictions slowly coming to an end this will mean that Rose Of Lancaster Stakes Day next month will see a much bigger crowd of racegoers coming back through the gates, the course has handled things really well since May and hopefully things will start going back to normal.

From your now double vaccinated reporter, Goodbye