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Big-race plans on hold for Haggas stars pending rain

William Haggas is praying for rain which will allow him to return some of his stable stars to the racecourse.

One Somerville Lodge inmate who has been held in her stable of late is Sense Of Duty, who took her career record to four wins from five when landing the Group Three Chipchase Stakes by an impressive four and a half lengths in June.

Fast ground meant she missed an intended run in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month, while conditions at Deauville have also seen her taken out of Sunday’s Prix Maurice de Gheest.

With the dry weather refusing to relent, Haggas has been forced once again to delve into the programme book and has now nominated the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 3, if rain arrives to provide a little cut in the ground.

He said: “It’s too fast for her, she wants cut in the ground. Her next go will be at Haydock.”

It is a similar story for his Champions Stakes runner-up Dubai Honour, who was a beaten favourite when making his belated seasonal bow in the Sky Bet York Stakes, missing out by a nose to Sir Busker.

Dubai Honour, here ridden by jockey James Doyle (right) on their way to winning at Newmarket, could run in the Juddmonte International at York providing the ground is soft or heavy
Dubai Honour, here ridden by jockey James Doyle (right) on their way to winning at Newmarket, could run in the Juddmonte International at York providing the ground is soft or heavy (David Davies/PA)

Some of the two-time Group Two winner’s best efforts have come when soft appears in the going description and the four-year-old could be in line for a return to the Knavesmire later this month if conditions are suitable.

“He’s fine, but he needs rain and if it’s soft or heavy he will go for the Juddmonte,” added Haggas.

“It’s going to rain at some stage – it’s hard to believe, but it will happen.”

Sense Of Duty blitzes Chipchase rivals

Sense Of Duty continued her ascent up the sprinting ladder with a dominant display in the Pertemps Network Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.

Beaten a head into second on her Newmarket debut last summer, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old had won each of her three starts since – most recently getting the better of last week’s Commonwealth Cup third Flotus in a Listed event at Haydock.

On the strength of that form, it was no surprise to see the daughter of Showcasing head the betting for this six-furlong Group Three at 15-8 and she could hardly have been more impressive.

While she had to be niggled into contention by Tom Marquand, Sense Of Duty found a gear her rivals were simply unable to match when push came to shove – pulling four and a half lengths clear in the style of a filly destined for bigger and better things.

“That was really impressive. She’s a filly I’ve always been a big fan of, as has everyone,” said the winning rider.

“She’s really getting the hang of it now, she’s becoming more professional and she’s a hell of a lot stronger too, so she’s becoming the complete sprinting model as she progresses.

“God only knows how good she could be. I was really impressed with her at Redcar and she beat Flotus at Haydock, who had Group One form and showed it again at Ascot.

“Hopefully this filly can make the step up into that class at some point.”