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Haggas has Alenquer and Mohaafeth on Juddmonte International duty

William Haggas is planning a twin assault on the Juddmonte International at York next week, with Mohaafeth set to be joined by stable companion Alenquer.

Mohaafeth has long been considered a likely contender for Wednesday’s 10-furlong showpiece – and while he lost his unbeaten record for the season in the York Stakes over the course and distance last month, he looks set to return to the Knavesmire.

Alenquer has not run over a mile and a quarter since inflicting a narrow defeat on subsequent Derby and King George hero Adayar at Sandown in the spring, since when he has won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished third in the Grand Prix de Paris over a mile and a half.

The Adlerflug colt is ante-post favourite for York’s Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes with some bookmakers, but Haggas is favouring a drop in distance on the same afternoon.

“I think he’s more likely to go for the Juddmonte, that’s the idea at the moment,” said the Newmarket handler.

“He’ll be coming back in trip, but you can put a line through his run in France because he never went at all. He got too far back and it was too much (ground to make up).

“We don’t really want to go down the Leger route, so we’re going to go for the shorter races.”

Of Mohaafeth, Haggas said: “I think he’ll go there as well. I haven’t talked to connections, but that’s the way we’d be thinking.”

Mohaafeth is also heading to York
Mohaafeth is also heading to York (David Davies/PA)

The hot favourite for the Juddmonte International is Aidan O’Brien’s St Mark’s Basilica, who has been imperious in winning the French 2000 Guineas, the French Derby and the Coral-Eclipse this season.

Eclipse third and King George runner-up Mishriff is another big gun in contention, and Haggas is under no illusions about the task his two candidates face.

He added: “We’ll need both hands full to take those boys on, but there you go! We’ll see what happens.”

Hurricane Lane aiming to shine in Grand Prix de Paris

Charlie Appleby is confident Hurricane Lane will give a bold account in his bid to follow up his last-gasp Irish Derby triumph in the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp on Wednesday.

Hurricane Lane got up in the shadow of the post to deny Lone Eagle and have his day in the sun after finishing third to stablemate Adayar in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom.

The Bastille Day feature was not originally on the agenda for the Frankel colt, but he took his run at the Curragh so well that the Newmarket trainer decided to supplement him after the Godolphin-owned colt pleased connections in a workout on Saturday.

“Hurricane Lane heads to Paris in good order. We expected him to need some time after what looked a hard race in the Irish Derby, but he surprised us with how well he came out of it,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

“He worked nicely over the weekend and we opted to take this route as there is plenty of time between now and the St Leger.

“This looks a good opportunity to hopefully win another Group One over a mile and a half and he looks the one to beat.”

The other British raider, the William Haggas-trained Alenquer, was also supplemented.

He beat Adayar in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown in April and then went on to land the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on his only subsequent start.

“I was very pleased with him at Ascot. He ran a good race. I’m very happy with him,” said Haggas.

Alenquer (right) steps up to the top level for the first time in the Bastille Day feature
Alenquer (right) steps up to the top level for the first time in the Bastille Day feature (David Davies/PA)

James Doyle takes the ride as regular partner Tom Marquand is not allowed to as he has only had one coronavirus vaccination.

Doyle has not sat on Alenquer, but that does not worry Haggas.

“He doesn’t need to sit on him. He’s a good rider,” he said.

The third supplementary entry taking his chance is Northern Ruler, trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler.

Aidan O’Brien has Sir Lamorak, The Mediterranean and Wordsworth as the Irish trainer seeks to win the race for a fourth successive year and a sixth in all.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has three runners as he attempts to win the Grand Prix de Paris for a sixth time
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has three runners as he attempts to win the Grand Prix de Paris for a sixth time (Nigel French/PA)

Of the home contingent, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget expects his two runners, Saiydabad and Cheshire Academy, to improve on their runs in the Prix du Jockey Club.

They finished fourth and fifth respectively behind the O’Brien-trained St Mark’s Basilica.

“Saiydabad had a good run in the Jockey Club, even if he does always take a little while to get going. It all opened up for him on the rail and he finished out the race very strongly.

“With Cheshire Academy, the draw went against him. We should not forget that he had a little niggle for a couple of days in the weeks leading up to the race and missed a gallop. With all those factors included, his fifth place finish was very good.

“I think that both horses are indifferent in terms of ground conditions, they will both be suited by the step up in trip. Both have had a good preparation leading into the race and I think they have very good chances.”

Alenquer proves his class in King Edward

Alenquer backed up the form of his Sandown win with a stylish success in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

William Haggas’ colt won the bet365 Classic Trial at the Esher track with subsequent Derby winner Adayer back in second, and connections had been considering supplementing him for Epsom or going for the German Derby.

However, a setback meant those thoughts were short lived and now they may be wondering what might have been.

Sent off the 13-8 favourite, Tom Marquand was happy to watch the race develop from his position at the rear of the small field as Bellocio and Tasman Bay forced the pace.

Given the testing conditions the race known colloquially as the ‘Ascot Derby’ could have turned into a war of attrition – but Alenquer moved smoothly up to challenge before quickening up smartly.

Being by German sire Adlerflug the ground was never going to be an issue and he pulled away nicely to win by a length and a half, with Tasman Bay running a cracker in second for former Olympic eventer Sir Mark Todd.

Betfair cut the winner to 12-1 from 25s for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot in July.

Haggas – not present as he was preparing for Newmarket’s evening meeting – said: “It was terrific and I’m really pleased.

“I think Tom only gave him a couple of flicks because it was heavy ground, but I don’t think he needed to, it looked like he was always going to win.

“I’m not sure about the St Leger, I think he’s a bit quicker than that but all options are open. He’s not a today horse, he’s very much for the longer term as well so we’ve lots of exciting options.”

Haggas won the Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday with Mohaafeth, with at one stage both horses in the Derby reckoning before ultimately neither ran.

“With Mohaafeth I don’t know what trip will be his best, he’s pretty good at a mile and a quarter,” said Haggas.

“The Irish Derby is next weekend so Alenquer won’t be going there, he isn’t in the Grand Prix de Paris, but we could go there. It is such a pain getting to France at the minute, but it’s on July 14 so it’s pretty good timing.

“We could supplement as it’s a good race.”

Marquand added: “It’s very wet. I know the winning jockey always says the ground is better than it is, but we’re not going in all that far down the back, it’s just that surface water that’s flicking up and I’m so glad we’re racing today, obviously.

“I got nice instructions off William, he said get him relaxed, find a rhythm and see how you go, don’t go too soon and be confident. If ever there’s a way to ride a good horse, it’s doing that. He was wonderful, and relaxed into a perfect rhythm.

“They couldn’t run in the Dante, but they could have chucked him into the Derby at the last second, but patience is always pretty much key with horses.

“He stayed a mile and a half on soft ground extremely well, so I have no doubt William has some fancy ideas for him and I look forward to hearing them.

“I don’t care (about the rain), winning is winning isn’t it, and Ascot is Ascot!”

Classic Trial winner Alenquer set to reappear in King Edward VII

Alenquer has Royal Ascot on his agenda having been forced to miss the Cazoo Derby and the German equivalent.

A surprise winner of the Sandown Classic Trial, William Haggas was contemplating supplementing the lightly-raced colt for Epsom but a minor problem scuppered that plan.

“He won’t be supplemented, he had a little blip before the Dante but is on his way back, he’s going to miss the Derby,” said Haggas.

“We have the option of supplementing for the Irish Derby.

“I had my heart set on the German Derby because he’s by the German-bred stallion Adlerflug, but Germany have basically said they don’t want us as England is on the red list in Germany surprisingly.

“I would like to think he will go for the King Edward VII.”

Ilaraab, who helped put Haggas’ Derby hope Mohaafeth through his paces on the Rowley Mile on Wednesday, will aim to stretch his unbeaten run to seven in the Hardwicke Stakes.

“I think he’ll go, he’s a dude,” said Haggas.

Ilaraab winning his sixth successive race, this time at York on his reappearance
Ilaraab winning his sixth successive race, this time at York on his reappearance (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“He’s got a lot to find, but the handicapper seems to think all my handicap winners are exceptional and stuffs them up and gives me no choice but to go for a race of better quality.

“France is so difficult to get to, Ireland is pretty competitive so there’s no other option, but I’ll be delighted to take him there. I think he’s better left-handed, but you can’t have everything.”

Stable stalwart and Champion Stakes winner Addeybb is also likely to be Ascot-bound, as long as the ground is suitable, having again struck Group One gold on his visit to Australia.

“He’s marvellous. He needs rain. He ran twice in Australia on good ground, but was really unfortunate,” said Haggas.

“The championships were called off on the first weekend because of a monsoon when the Ranvet was supposed to be run so it would have been heavy.

“They then put everything back a week and when they ran the Ranvet it was good (ground). The week the Queen Elizabeth should have been it was heavy, but a week later it was back to good again.

“I won’t run him again on good and certainly not in blinkers, but he’ll go for the Prince of Wales’s or the Eclipse. He’s on schedule for the Prince of Wales’s.”

Marquand back in business with Alenquer

Alenquer showed plenty of guts and determination in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown to give Tom Marquand a nice winner on his first ride back since a successful spell in Australia.

Trained by William Haggas, the son of Alderflug had won on his debut at Newbury last season before finishing second in a Listed race at Haydock.

Rather ignored in the market as a 25-1 chance, Marquand brought his mount alongside the pace-setting Yibir a long way out, although to his credit Charlie Appleby’s charge found a second wind.

The pair were involved in a protracted battle, but just as it seemed Alenquer had seen Yibir off once and for all, his stablemate Adayar began to thrown down a challenge having made up plenty of ground.

Alenquer won by half a length, with a neck back to Yibir in third. Lone Eagle was fourth.

The winner holds an entry in the Dante at York, but is not currently in the Cazoo Derby.

Marquand said: “It’s a great feeling knowing you can come back and jump aboard a horse like this, who showed much of what you would hope to see from a Derby hope.

Alenquer was a determined winner
Alenquer was a determined winner (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“He had form in the soft and there was a bit of juice in the ground today which helped him.

“He looks like a horse that will have no trouble getting further as he stays this stiff 10 furlongs well and was wandering about in front.

“It was nice to see a little bit of improvement from him in a race that will have tightened and sharpened him up.”

Haggas will now consider his options with the winner, including whether to add him to the premier Classic.

William Haggas has some thinking to do with Alenquer
William Haggas has some thinking to do with Alenquer (Nigel French/PA)

The Newmarket handler – who won the Derby in 1996 with Shaamit – said: “I thought he did it well, but I think it paid to be handy. I thought the second did well to finish where he did considering where he came from. He had been working nicely with some older horses and I thought he was ready to run.

“I was a bit surprised by the price he was, but it was different ground to last season as he ran on soft both times. But he seemed to enjoy it out there.

“He hit the line well and I think he will be seen to better effect over a mile and a half. It is terrific that Tom had a winner on his first ride back and I’m thrilled to bits for him.

“All options are open. He could be supplemented for the Derby, but he is also in the German Derby. We will just regroup and see how he is as I’m not quite sure where he will go yet.”