Lazuli takes Trophy triumph with game effort

Lazuli registered the biggest victory of his career with a battling success in the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes at Newbury.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Dubawi gelding made a triumphant return to five furlongs when claiming top honours in the Group Three prize.

Having sat just behind the pace for much of the race, the 5-2 shot moved into a lead he would not surrender inside the final furlong, pulling out plenty to defeat last-time-out Leicester scorer Tiz Marvellous by a length.

Buick said: “He was in good form today. He looked very promising at Sandown earlier in the year, then he disappointed there next time for no real apparent reason.

“He ran well in Deauville last time over six, which probably just stretches him slightly. Back to five today, conditions were ideal for him as it was good, fast ground.

“I think the day at Sandown he did boss the field, but clocked a good time and he gave me a great feel. He showed today he can fight for it as well against older sprinters.”

Assessing future plans, the Classic-winning rider believes Lazuli could be the ideal type to take to Dubai over the winter.

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He said: “I think he would have to be on the team sheet for Dubai. He has done it well as it is tough for three year-old sprinters against older horses. He will be better next year.”

Andrew Balding saddled what he believes is the biggest-priced winner of his career in Oo De Lally, who defied his 125-1 odds to land the opening division of the Heatherworld Stud EBF Novice Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

Balding said: “I would have thought that is the biggest-priced runner I’ve trained as I can’t think of anything bigger.

“I quite liked him before Ascot, but he didn’t show a lot when he ran at Ascot. I thought he might be one for a bit further in time, but he knew his job today, travelled strong and got the job done.

“Somebody would have backed him as our horses tend to step up for their first runs. Someone in a betting shop somewhere in the country will be happy.”

Ibiza Rocks put his previous experience to good use to complete a double for Buick when taking the second division of the seven-furlong prize by a neck.

Buick said of the Charlie Hills-trained 11-1 chance: “He ran well first time out at Kempton. He put that previous experience to good use and he has done it well.

“He got a very soft lead and they were going a slow enough pace, but it was a competitive novice like they often are at Newbury.”

Ilaraab (15-2) registered a fourth victory in succession to form the second leg of an across the card five-timer for trainer William Haggas when prevailing by a neck in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.

Maureen Haggas, trainer’s wife, said: “He is improving and he has done that nicely. He has travelled well all the way. He is just one of those really easy straightforward horses. Martin (Dwyer) said if you asked something, he did it.

“It depends which way they want to go, but I think he will definitely be better with a bit of dig in the ground. If he is still in good form and the ground is right, there is no reason to stop with him.”

Following the race, Ilaraab was cut to 8-1 for the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket next Saturday, while William Hill went 14-1 for the same race.

William Muir is likely to receive plenty of thanks following the victory of Epic Endeavour, who formed the opening leg of a double for David Egan when prevailing by a neck in the Heatherwold Stud Handicap.

Muir said of the 10-1 shot “This has been a nice horse all the way through and I took my time with him last year. I thought this horse would go very close and at the price he was very nice. I told everyone who rang me, which was a couple of my big owners.

“David Egan said you could step him up to a mile if you want to. He was in here today and at Newmarket, but we decided to come here as Mike Kelly, who owns Heatherwold Stud, is a good mate of mine and I said I’d like to take some of his money!”

The Roger Varian-trained Union (15-2) formed the concluding leg of Egan’s brace with a hard-fought neck success in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap.