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One Master ruled out of Breeders’ Cup Mile

One Master will not take her chance in the FanDuel Breeders Cup Mile at Keeneland after being scratched from Saturday showpiece.

The seven-year-old mare, trained by William Haggas, was found to be set-fast when she was exercised on Thursday.

“She got a bit set-fast on her first morning out. Her muscle enzymes are too high,” said the trainer, speaking from home in Newmarket.

“I’m disappointed, but very pleased that they are not risking her at all.”

One Master made history at ParisLongchamp last month by becoming the first horse to win the Prix de la Foret three times.

She was also a close third to Glen Shiel in the British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot, on her what was her seventh race of the season.

Her defection means the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of Australia now gets a run.

Breeders’ Cup and Ascot options open for One Master

William Haggas is tempted by a Breeders’ Cup bid for One Master if he feels Qipco Champions Day at Ascot comes too soon for his durable mare.

The six-year-old created history by becoming the first horse to win the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp three times at the weekend.

One Master ran in the Champions Sprint last year, finishing a one-length second to Donjuan Triumphant in heavy ground – and should the conditions be testing again, Haggas feels she would once more put up a bold bid.

However, as that six-furlong race is on October 17, One Master would be facing a quick turnaround and the Newmarket trainer feels the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland around two turns could also be a suitable race.

“Isn’t she marvellous? She’s just a good filly – very tough, very genuine and I’m very proud of her,” said Haggas of One Master, who was having her sixth run of the season.

“It wasn’t in the original plan to go to the Park Stakes at Doncaster in September, but because there could have been a problem getting to France with rising (Covid-19) infections there and here, I thought we’d better go.

“I didn’t want to miss that then be thinking ‘what if I’ve kept her all this time and it doesn’t take place’, so that was why I ran her there.

“She doesn’t do a lot of training in between her runs and she thrives on racing. She’s looked after us and we’ve looked after her.

“We’ll see how she is. Keeneland is tempting, but Ascot in the Sprint on heavy would be tempting too, as she clearly goes on it.

“A lot will depend on how she is, it is only two weeks to Ascot so we’ll see.”

One Master records memorable Foret hat-trick

One Master won the Prix de la Foret for a third successive year for William Haggas.

The six-year-old mare was having her sixth run of a busy season – but Haggas has always been at pains to stress the one race he wanted to win above all others was the seven-furlong Group One on Arc weekend.

A surprise winner in 2018, the daughter of Fastnet Rock has gone on to prove her versatility and toughness since then, finishing second in Group Ones over a mile and six furlongs.

However, there is no doubt over which trip she truly excels – and given the Foret is the only Group One over seven furlongs in Europe, to win it three years in a row is a special achievement.

Andre Fabre’s Earthlight, a star juvenile last year, made her pull out all the stops, but Pierre-Charles Boudot, full of confidence having just won the Prix de l’Abbaye on Wooded, got her home in the nick of time, just as he had done the two years previously.

Earthlight was a game second, with John Quinn’s consistent Safe Voyage losing little in defeat in a close-up third.

Haggas told Sky Sports Racing: “We are very proud of her. She is a fantastic filly and she seems to come good over this track and trip.

“Any ground is good for her, but she is particularly good on soft ground and she was given another brilliant ride by Pierre-Charles.

“She had to battle it out today, but she did it. If you are going to win by a neck, she won OK – an OK neck.

“She is very laid back and knows how to race. This time of year she seems to come good and we haven’t missed a beat this year. She had run in every race we wanted to and I’m thrilled for everyone here.

“She’ll have another run, I suppose, if she’s OK, I don’t know. She’s in at Ascot and I quite fancy he Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland this year for her.”

He added: “The last horse to win two Forets was Moorestyle, who was ridden by Maureen’s (Haggas, wife) father (Lester Piggott) and trained by her uncle (Robert Armstrong). For this filly to do this is pretty unique.

“It was very sad the big filly (Enable) couldn’t win three Arcs, but this was a good feat in itself to do three Forets and as it’s not been done before I expect it will take some doing to beat it.”

Foret hat-trick now the aim for One Master

A Prix de la Foret hat-trick bid is on the cards for One Master following her narrow defeat at Doncaster on Saturday.

The William Haggas-trained mare has claimed Group One glory on Arc weekend in each of the past two seasons and has had a return to Paris top of the agenda throughout the current campaign.

A short-head verdict in a Group Three at Goodwood is her only victory from five starts this term, but she has been far from disgraced on her last couple of outings – chasing home the high-class Safe Voyage at York before being beaten a whisker by Wichita in the Group Two Park Stakes on Town Moor.

Haggas said: “She ran very well. She’s just been unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.

“She’s come out of the race fine and that (Foret) is the plan.”

Sacred (blue cap) was just touched off at Doncaster
Sacred (blue cap) was just touched off at Doncaster (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

One Master is just one of 15 Haggas-trained horses to have finished second since September 3, with six beaten a head or less. He did enjoy an across-the-card double on Monday, however.

Another to go close at Doncaster was Sacred, who was a hot favourite for the Flying Childers after finishing second in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Lowther at York, but she had to make do with minor honours again after being touched off by Ubettabelieveit.

Haggas added: “Sacred was unfortunate as we had to go a bit earlier than we’d planned to beforehand as the race was happening away from her.

“She’ll go for the Cheveley Park Stakes next.”

Tom Marquand celebrates Classic glory at Doncaster
Tom Marquand celebrates Classic glory at Doncaster (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Both One Master and Sacred were ridden by Tom Marquand, who put the frustrating results behind him to claim a first Classic success aboard the Joseph O’Brien-trained Galileo Chrome in Saturday’s St Leger.

Haggas is proud of the 22-year-old’s achievement, saying: “I was thrilled to bits for him.

“It’s thoroughly deserved. He gave the horse a very good ride and I’m delighted for Tom.”