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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.

Grocer Jack aiming to blossom in Rose of Lancaster

Grocer Jack will be bidding to taste a sweet success when he runs in the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

William Haggas’ charge got off the mark for the Sommerville Lodge handler with an impressive nine-length victory in the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury last month and now makes the move up to Group Three company looking to expand his reputation.

He was twice a winner at this level for former handler Waldemar Hickst while trained in Germany and with all three victories coming over the 10-furlong trip, Haggas sees this contest as the perfect place for the son of Oasis Dream to continue his progression.

He said: “This is a step up from a Listed to a Group Three and he won two of those last year, so we will see how we go. He won very nicely at Newbury and we just have to see what happens on Saturday.”

Anmaat returned from a 287-day layoff to win the John Smith’s Cup at York and now runs in Group company for the first time.

“He won the John Smith’s off 103 and is up to 109 now, so it is going to be hard to be going the handicap route from now on, so this race slots in nicely and we’re excited to step him up into stakes company and see where we are,” said Owen Burrows of his four-time winner.

“He just got beat in the Cambridgeshire last year and it was a big performance to win the John Smith’s Cup off the back of 200-odd days off, so we’ll see where we stack up. He’s pleased me since York, the ground looks like it is coming right and we’re looking forward to it.

Anmaat, here ridden by Kevin Stott to win The John Smith's Cup at York, runs in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes on Saturday
Anmaat, here ridden by Kevin Stott to win The John Smith’s Cup at York, runs in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes on Saturday (Nigel French/PA)

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Intellogent was third on that occasion and has also rattled the crossbar in the Royal Hunt Cup this season, while Saeed bin Suroor’s Passion And Glory is officially the second-highest rated runner in the line-up and arrives on the back of a victory in Sandown’s Gala Stakes.

Royal Champion hinted his future lies over a mile and a quarter when winning at Epsom during the Derby Festival and has to be respected for a Roger Varian team in good order.

The hat-trick-seeking Peter The Great also bids to build on some fine form in handicap company for heavyweight connections, while Andrew Balding is hoping a return to Merseyside can bring the best out of defending champion Foxes Tales.

“The horse seems in good form,” said Balding. “Things haven’t really panned out this year as we had hoped, but the return to what I hope will be good ground will help him and he’s in great form. Hopefully he will be competitive.”

The 10-strong line-up is completed by Richard Hughes Brentford Hope, Huxley Stakes runner-up Certain Lad and Roger Fell’s game Marie’s Diamond who was second in the Pomfret Stakes when last sighted.

Fell said: “They’ve put him up following Pontefract and unfortunately there is no where else to go. Fingers crossed it dries out as you know what you get with him, he really tries.”