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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.”

Sacred goes for gold in Childers

William Haggas is looking forward to saddling Sacred in the Bombardier Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

The filly has finished second in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and in the Lowther at York since winning on her Newmarket introduction.

Sacred will be switching back in trip, but Haggas expects conditions will suit his charge on Town Moor.

He said: “Sacred is in good order, and the more the ground dries out the better for her.

“She’s very well, and I think coming back from six to five furlongs will suit. I hope she’ll run a nice race.”

The ground at Doncaster in now reported to be good, with the quicker conditions prompting Michael Bell to rule out The Lir Jet, who was the second highest-rated runner in the field.

A total of 10 runners still go to post, including the Richard Hannon-trained Ventura Tormenta.

He was sixth in the Norfolk Stakes on his debut and beat The Lir Jet by a short head in the Prix Robert Papin, but was a disappointing last of 10 in the Phoenix Stakes last time.

Hannon also saddles Mohawk King – while Michael O’Callaghan’s Steel Bull, the Ger Lyons-trained Frenetic and Measure Of Magic from Johnny Murtagh’s yard are three major contenders from Ireland.

Ubettabelieveit (Nigel Tinkler), Winter Power (Tim Easterby), Perotto (Marcus Tregoning) and Burning Cash (Paul Midgley) complete the line up.