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Rous Stakes under consideration for Hurricane Ivor

William Haggas has ruled out supplementing his improving sprinter Hurricane Ivor for the Prix de l’Abbaye next weekend – with an appearance at Ascot more likely if he runs again this season.

The four-year-old followed up his victory in this month’s Portland Handicap under top-weight when handling the step up in class to Group Three company at Newbury seven days later.

He showed plenty of speed over the five furlongs, and Haggas may therefore have been tempted to aim high. But for this year at least, he prefers to stay closer to home.

“I don’t think we’ll go for the Abbaye. He’s not in it, and it’s a big supplement,” he said.

“They have such a draw bias there. He’s now a hold-up horse, and usually what happens is they all clamber over to the inside rail and you don’t get a run, so I think we’ll leave that.

“We’ll have a look at the Rous Stakes (Ascot, October 2). It’s only a Listed, and he’ll have a penalty, but he’s in good shape.

“He’s gelded now, so he’s running for money, and I don’t know how long he’ll stay in good form. He ran a good race at Ascot the last time he went there – so if he goes anywhere he might go there.

“He’s not in anything smart, but we’ll be putting him in a few smart races next year. I don’t see any reason why he can’t continue next year to run like he is at the moment.”

Addeybb (left) won the Champion Stakes last year
Addeybb (left) won the Champion Stakes last year (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

While stablemate Addeybb is also heading to Ascot but for Champions Day on October 16, how he gets there has been complicated by the weather – with an outing at Goodwood this week shelved because of fast ground.

“The weather has been a real nuisance, and now we’re under a bit of pressure,” said Haggas.

“The next suitable race is the Prix Dollar on Arc weekend. But that’s getting a bit close to the Champion Stakes if we have a setback, so it looks like a racecourse gallop or two.”

Hurricane Ivor storms home in Newbury Group Three

Hurricane Ivor handled the step back up to Group Three company with aplomb when showing off his trademark late flourish to win the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes at Newbury.

An improver for William Haggas this season in handicaps, his victory in the Portland over five and a half furlongs at Doncaster last week took his handicap mark up to 107.

The Newmarket handler felt the time was right to take the plunge and return to Pattern company, but the only problem was this race was just seven days after his Town Moor heroics.

Having backed up quickly once already this season at Sandown and Ascot though, Haggas was not too concerned and the four-year-old certainly showed no ill effects.

While he found himself a little outpaced last week, he appeared to travel sweeter on this occasion, despite racing over half a furlong less.

Moss Gill set the early pace with Tis Marvellous and Significantly harrying him, as Tom Marquand tracked them before asking his mount for an effort with just over a furlong to run.

Hurricane Ivor (4-1) had over a length to make up, but just like last week, he was strongest at the finish and ended up winning by a cosy three-quarters of a length from Moss Gill who held on for second.

“To be honest I thought the five furlongs might catch him out today, but I think the ground was a big help,” said Marquand.

“When there is a bit of cut, it brings stamina into the equation and gives him a chance to finish his race off.

“It’s a good performance backing up that quick.”

Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant to William, said: “He was a bit more switched on this week as he was a bit laid back last week, he was a bit brighter.

“He takes a while to get going, but this was half a furlong shorter so he’s done well to win.

“He’s a lovely straightforward horse and just does what you ask him to do – not much more though!

“I don’t know what we’ll do now, he doesn’t mind a bit of dig and it must rain at some point. He could go to France, you never know, he’s done nothing but improve.”

Glorious Journey stamps class on Park Stakes

Glorious Journey led a one-two for Charlie Appleby in the Cazoo Park Stakes at Doncaster.

The six-year-old was the pick of William Buick in the seven-furlong contest, having chased home stablemate Space Blues at York last time and prevailed in Group Three company at Newmarket earlier in the year.

Sent off a 5-2 chance, Buick bided his time as Danyah – one of two 9-4 favourites with Laneqash – set the early gallop before dropping away when the race began in earnest, with Glorious Journey taking it up well over a furlong out.

Stablemate D’bai and jockey James Doyle made a good fight of it, but the winner was a length and a quarter too good with the same distance back to Laneqash in third.

Appleby said: “D’bai appeared to be travelling quite nicely, but you know exactly what you’ll get from Glorious Journey.

“Over the years he’s been a serious horse and I’m delighted for him and with D’Bai.

“Having chased home Space Blues in the City of York Stakes (third) he deserves that.

“I’m always been a fan of the horse and to have him around the yard, he’s one of the yard favourites.

“There’s a chance they could both go back out to Dubai, but there’s also the Prix de la Foret to think about. I’ll see what William says.”

Hurricane Ivor and Tom Marquand after winning the Portland
Hurricane Ivor and Tom Marquand after winning the Portland (Mike Egerton/PA)

Hurricane Ivor earned a step up in class when carrying top-weight to victory in the Portland Handicap.

A smart prospect in France as a juvenile, he had lost his way slightly before joining William Haggas this season.

Connections thought they had lost – then won – at Sandown on his second start in England, only for a dead-heat to be called after photo-finish confusion and he went on to be second at Ascot in July.

He was a close third at York last time out but overnight rain seemed to be in his favour as, despite having only one behind him with two furlongs to run, he stormed home under Tom Marquand to beat Boundless Power by half a length.

Haggas’ wife, Maureen, said: “He’s a charming horse, he’s a lovely horse to have around and he’s done nothing but improve all year.

“That was a good performance today off top weight. The trip seemed to suit really well and he likes a bit of dig in the ground.

“I don’t think he’ll go to Ayr next week (for the Ayr Gold Cup), his penalty probably puts him out of it and William said we might look at black-type races now.”

Hollie Doyle came from last to first in the opening Vertem Nursery Handicap on Desert Angel.

Desert Angel and Hollie Doyle (right) got the day off a flyer
Desert Angel and Hollie Doyle (right) got the day off a flyer (Mike Egerton/PA)

Previously a five-race maiden, trainer Richard Hannon had reached for the blinkers for the first time and the headgear clearly worked the oracle.

Non-runners reduced the field to four, with Roger Charlton’s La Pulga attempting to make all and he had seen off the others before Doyle pounced late on the 15-2 outsider of four.

“He’s always had a lot of ability this horse, but he’s had a lot more ability than he’s been showing us,” sad Hannon.

“I wanted to have him cut (gelded) but we gave him one more chance with the blinkers first time and he’s won pretty well, which doesn’t surprise me as he’s always had the ability.

“We’ll see what the handicapper does, he is improving and he clearly likes the softer ground. There might be something at Newmarket for him.”

Title and David Egan coming home to win the Hippo Pro 3 Handicap
Title and David Egan coming home to win the Hippo Pro 3 Handicap (Mike Egerton/PA)

After their surprise victory with Bayside Boy in the Champagne Stakes, trainer Roger Varian and jockey David Egan doubled up through Title in the Hippo Pro 3 Handicap.

The 11-10 favourite cruised through the race, before leading two out and pulling away to score easily by four and a quarter lengths from Cardano.

It was fitting St Leger and Park Stakes winners Charlie Appleby and William Buick ended the meeting on a high thanks to Royal Fleet in the Vermantia Handicap.

Buick coaxed the 11-8 favourite to go and win the one-mile contest by half a length from Scottish Summit to give them a treble after high-profile wins with Hurricane Lane in the world’s oldest Classic and Glorious Journey.

Hurricane Ivor breezes home in Portland contest

Hurricane Ivor earned a step up in class when carrying top weight to victory in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster.

A smart prospect in France as a juvenile, he had lost his way slightly before joining William Haggas this season.

Connections thought they had lost – then won – at Sandown on his second start in England, only for a dead-heat to be called after photo-finish confusion and he went on to be second at Ascot in July.

He was a close third at York last time out but overnight rain seemed to be in his favour as, despite having only one behind him with two furlongs to run, he stormed home under Tom Marquand to beat Boundless Power by half a length.

Haggas’ wife, Maureen, said: “He’s a charming horse, he’s a lovely horse to have around and he’s done nothing but improve all year.

“That was a good performance today off top weight. The trip seemed to suit really well and he likes a bit of dig in the ground.

“I don’t think he’ll go to Ayr next week (for the Ayr Gold Cup), his penalty probably puts him out of it and William said we might look at black-type races now.”

Hollie Doyle came from last to first in the opening Vertem Nursery Handicap on Desert Angel.

Desert Angel and Hollie Doyle (right) got the day off a flyer
Desert Angel and Hollie Doyle (right) got the day off a flyer (Mike Egerton/PA)

Previously a five-race maiden, trainer Richard Hannon had reached for the blinkers for the first time and the headgear clearly worked the oracle.

Non-runners reduced the field to four, with Roger Charlton’s La Pulga attempting to make all and he had seen off the others before Doyle pounced late on the 15-2 outsider of four.

“He’s always had a lot of ability this horse, but he’s had a lot more ability than he’s been showing us,” sad Hannon.

“I wanted to have him cut (gelded) but we gave him one more chance with the blinkers first time and he’s won pretty well, which doesn’t surprise me as he’s always had the ability.

“We’ll see what the handicapper does, he is improving and he clearly likes the softer ground. There might be something at Newmarket for him.”

Confusion reigns in finish to first race on Eclipse day

There was drama in the opening race on Coral-Eclipse day at Sandown, with a stewards’ inquiry called following a photo-finish.

The judge announced the Jessica Macey-trained Phoenix Star (6-1) as the narrow-margin winner from Hurricane Ivor (11-1), trained by William Haggas, in the Coral ‘Beaten-By-A-Length’ Free Bet Handicap.

However, the stewards called an inquiry before the jockeys had weighed in and, after deliberation, the officials decided it was a dead-heat – even though the mirror image on the print appeared to show Hurricane Ivor had narrowly edged it.

Macey said: “It’s fair to say that was a rollercoaster of emotions, but I’ll take a dead-heat!

“This is by far my biggest winner, I never even thought I’d have a runner on Eclipse day never mind a winner.

“Chris Dwyer is my uncle, I’ve also worked for Charlie Appleby. I’m training out of John Balding’s old yard near Doncaster.

“I’ve about 15 horses, but only six running at the moment with the others youngsters.”

A number of bookmakers announced they would pay out on both horses as the full winners.

Hurricane Ivor was having his second start for Haggas following a move from France, where he had some smart form.

The Newmarket handler said: “In the top picture it looks like we’ve won, but in the bottom picture it looks like a dead-heat.

“The amazing thing is how the judge called the other one the winner. That’s one thing that didn’t happen!

“Hopefully they show everyone what I’ve seen. The third and fourth were the other way round, too.

“It’s pretty difficult, but I won’t be appealing. It’s the original result I’ve a problem with.”

A further inquiry was held into a problem with the mirror image of the photo, after which Shaun Parker, the British Horseracing Authority’s head of stewarding, said: “We knew the result was close and we have procedures in place where photo-finishes are checked by the stewards in the stewards’ room as well.

“We noticed there was a discrepancy between the actual photograph itself and the mirror image. There was a noticeable difference between the two at which he point we asked the judge to have another look to make sure as the mirror appeared to be out.

“At the same time they were looking at the third and fourth place and they had picked up there was a difference there too, but those two places were a lot clearer in terms of where the horses had finished.

“We then went back to the judge and sent the photographs back and the stewards looked at the monitor to see if we could get the result out.

“We couldn’t use the mirror image as there was a slight distortion at the top section of the mirror image. The judge was then not satisfied on the evidence she had on the actual photograph with the noses that she could sufficiently call the result.

“On the image we had we could not clearly say there was one horse was ahead of the other one in terms of the photograph and the fairest result was to declare a dead-heat.

“What we did then was we had an inquiry into why the mirror image did not work. We have compiled a report and that has been forwarded on to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority.”

Marquand went on to complete a 2,015-1 four-timer with victories on Came From The Dark (5-1) for Ed Walker in the Coral Charge, on the Tom Ward-trained Farasi Lane (7-1) in the Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap and on Wink Of An Eye (5-2 favourite) in the Coral Backing Prostate Cancer UK Handicap. The latter, owned by the Queen, gave Haggas a double.

Magical Morning sees off Maydanny under Frankie Dettori
Magical Morning sees off Maydanny under Frankie Dettori (Nigel French/PA)

John and Thady Gosden’s Magical Morning was well fancied for the Royal Hunt Cup and while he failed to trouble the judge there his victory in the Coral Challenge suggested more to come.

Frankie Dettori tracked the pace-setting Maydanny until hitting the front inside the final furlong.

Maydanny stuck to his task well, but the 13-2 chance won by three-quarters of a length.

Gosden senior said: “The ground was just too quick for him in the Hunt Cup, which was a shame as that had been the plan since last autumn!

“It was always Plan B to come here, he’s a grand horse and this was a pretty smart handicap.

“He’s in the Golden Mile (at Goodwood), but you couldn’t fancy anything in that until you see the draw.”

The Roger Charlton-trained Makram (3-1 favourite) kept on well after leading over a furlong out in the hands of James Doyle to beat Rhythmic Intent by a length and a quarter in the Coral Proud To Support British Racing Handicap.