Alounak lifts Old Newton Cup at Haydock

Alounak bounced back to form to claim an impressive victory in the bet365 Old Newton Cup at Haydock.

A Group Three winner in Germany and runner-up in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, Andrew Balding’s charge appeared dangerously well handicapped on the pick of his form.

However, he lined up for this prestigious handicap with plenty to prove, having never threatened to land a telling blow on either of his two previous outings this season at Ascot.

Sent off at 14-1 in the hands of three-times champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa, Alounak arrived on the scene travelling powerfully inside the final two furlongs before powering three lengths clear in the rain-softened ground.

Win O’Clock narrowly beat my Frankel to the runner-up spot.

“He’s done it very well out there,” said the winning rider.

“He travelled really well throughout the race. I was confident when I went back through his form as I knew he would go on the soft ground.

“I don’t think he’s at his best in this ground, but he’d run some good races in the past and he’d come down in the handicap, so it was all suitable for him.”

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  1. Francis Shepherd
    Francis Shepherd says:

    Matt,
    I was fortunate enough to back Alounak
    @20/1. In the summary there his 2and in The Hardwicke Stakes is mentioned.
    He actually ran 5th in The Breeders Cup to Bricks and Mortar,who was a prolific winner of Top US races. He wasn’t beaten very far and was only 1L behind ill fated Derby winner Antony VanDyk.He had run two races this year both at Ascot and finished 7th both times,my impression from the last run was he would come on for it. It’s important to study form and try and gauge the Trainers intentions. Form study and obtaining good value prices is essential.
    Not easy, but the only way to go.
    Best wishes,
    Francis

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