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Minzaal to shoot for Group One glory in Sprint Cup

Minzaal will get another chance to bid for Group One honours in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock following his narrow defeat at Deauville on Sunday.

Fresh from an impressive victory in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month, the Owen Burrows-trained four-year-old was placed at the highest level for the third time when filling the runner-up spot behind Highfield Princess in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

While delighted with his star sprinter’s performance, Burrows is hoping Minzaal can eventually break his Group One duck, with a trip to Merseyside next on his agenda.

“He’s been knocking on the doors in these Group Ones for a few years now – he’s Group One placed at two, three and four. It would just be lovely if he could get his head in front in one,” said the Lambourn handler.

“The race probably wasn’t run to suit the horses coming from behind, but I’ve got no real complaints. I thought he ran a very creditable race.

“I don’t know if he could go up in trip. There’s only really the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs and I think we’ll stick to the plan of going to Haydock and see what happens there.

“Jim (Crowley) is adamant he’s going to be better with a bit of juice in the ground. It was pretty quick at Deauville, but it was a very good run.

“He’s by Mehmas and he’s got a lot going for him as a potential stallion, so if he could win a Group One it would make a big difference.”

On Saturday at Haydock, Burrows saddled Anmaat to record a runaway victory in the Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes.

Owen Burrows was delighted with the performance of Anmaat
Owen Burrows was delighted with the performance of Anmaat (John Walton/PA)

The Awtaad gelding had previously won the John Smith’s Cup at York on his seasonal reappearance and Burrows admits his rapid progress has taken him by surprise.

He added: “I thought he would run well, but I didn’t quite expect that. He’s caught us all by surprise a little bit, so I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do with him.

“The owners have got Baaeed for the Juddmonte International, so there’s no point taking him on. We’ll have to have a bit of a discussion with the team and see what we do.

“Unfortunately there’s no Group Two that he could progress into over here. We’ll have to get our thinking caps on and see what we do with him.

“Jim thought the bit of juice in the ground really helped him and you’d think we’re going to get some autumn ground shortly. You wouldn’t think it at the moment, but I’m sure when it does start raining we’ll be moaning after a week that it won’t stop!”

Anmaat handles Haydock rise in class in his stride

Anmaat made his first foray into Group company a winning one when taking the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes in impressive style at Haydock on Saturday.

Twice a winner in the handicap ranks last term, Owen Burrows’ son of Awtaad finished the 2021 campaign by finishing second in the Cambridgeshire and then registered a fourth career victory when defying a 287-day layoff in the John Smith’s Cup last month.

A 6lb rise for that success on the Knavesmire forced Burrows’ hand to run in Pattern company, but he proved more than up to the task on Merseyside.

The hat-trick-seeking Peter The Great led the field along in the early stages, with the 11-8 favourite Grocer Jack hot on his heals.

William Haggas’ charge looked set to follow up his recent Newbury victory as the race began to develop, but as push turned to shove aboard the Steventon Stakes winner, Jim Crowley was motionless aboard Anmaat (11-4), who soon swooped to the front and was ridden out for a four-length victory.

Burrows said: “It was a big performance to win at York first time out and he’s pleased me since, so obviously this was a natural progression for him. He was rated 109 there and I think he’ll go up a bit for that!

“That’s what surprised me – just how far he travelled on the bridle for. He’s obviously really improving and he’s caught me by surprise just how quickly he is improving.

“Honestly I don’t have anything in mind for him yet, we thought we’d get today out of the way as he was stepping out of handicap company. Interestingly Jim thought he relished a little bit of juice in the ground, so we’ll have a look. Things like the Irish Champion Stakes are great discussions to have, so we’ll see how he comes out of it and make a plan. There’s a few discussions to have now.”

Crowley added: “He gave me a great feel. The performance worked out well from York and I think he loved the slower conditions today.

“He really enjoyed getting his toe in a little bit more and he’s clearly improved again from York, so he’s exciting. It was a good race with plenty of strength and depth in it and he’s done it well. I was amazed how well he travelled into the race, he’s very nice.”

Royal Ascot winner Rising Star once again got the better of Random Harvest to land the British Stallion Studs EBF Dick Hern Stakes.

Royal Ascot 2022 – Day Two – Ascot Racecourse
Rising star, here winning The Kensington Palace Stakes during day two of Royal Ascot, scored again at Haydock on Saturday (David Davies/PA)

Only a neck separated the pair in the Kensington Palace Stakes, but Marco Botti’s four-year-old extended that advantage to half a length in this one-mile Listed event.

“That was very gutsy, we had a very good draw in stall one and the pace wasn’t overly strong, which probably didn’t suit her,” said winning rider Andrea Atzeni.

“We travelled into it going into the dip, but to be honest with you I thought we were probably going to finish fourth – once we levelled up she really dug deep and really wanted it. The ground was probably a bit dead and she’s a top of the ground filly, really.”

The decidedly talented Whitebeam brought up a hat-trick when landing the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap, while on the weekend the Premier League returns, Mr McCann was finding the scoresheet in the Betfred “Play Fred’s £5 Million” Handicap.

Owned by a syndicate of footballers including Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as Brighton’s Adam Lallana, the three-year-old kept on gamely to land the one-mile contest.

Anmaat is John Smith’s Cup hero on seasonal return

There was nothing bitter about Anmaat’s performance in the 63rd running of the John Smith’s Cup as Owen Burrows’ 5-1 joint-favourite held on gamely to pick up the £103,000 first prize.

Off the track for 287 days since finishing second in the Cambridgeshire last year, the four-year-old defied a mark of 103 to pick up the fourth success of his career.

Outsider The City’s Phantom led the 22-strong field for a long way and there were plenty in contention as the historic 10-furlong contest entered the business end.

But it was the gelded son of Awtaad, ridden for the first time by Kevin Stott, that loomed up looking like the winner at the furlong pole and he showed plenty of tenacity in the closing stages to first win a prolonged battle with eventual fourth Spirit Dancer and then hold off Achelois (second) and the fast-finishing Intellogent (third).

“It was a great effort today by the horse and all my team to get him to win that after 280-odd days. To be able to win such a competitive handicap is a hell of a performance,” Burrows said.

“He was very slow to come to hand anyway, I had him in the Lincoln but he was a woolly as anything. We thought we’d just give him a bit of time as he just had a few niggly little hold-ups, nothing too major.

“We’ve had this race in mind for a while and it’s brilliant that it’s come off. We’ll probably be forced into stakes company now, I’d have thought – we’ll see what the handicapper does, but he won that off 103 so we’ll see and go from there.”