Relief Rally to Race On For Haggas and Yulong

Relief Rally resumed cantering on Tuesday | 

Relief Rally (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), last year's winner of the G2 Lowther S., has returned to William Haggas's stable after being sold at Tattersalls in December for 800,000gns. She was knocked down in the name of Mrs A Sullivan at the time.

The filly is now registered on the British Horseracing Authority's website as being owned by Mr Yuesheng Zhang of Yulong Investments. The same owner also bought multiple Group 1 winner Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never) for 5.4 million gns at the previous year's December Mares Sale. 

Relief Rally is rated 107 after a season in which she was defeated only once in her five starts, and then only by a nose when second in the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot. Racing last year for the partnership of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, she won her first two races in April and May, and following Royal Ascot she headed to Newbury for victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint. Relief Rally's final win of the year in the Lowther at York's Ebor meeting was the third success in that race for Haggas, who also won the G2 Gimcrack S. a day later with Tony Bloom and Ian McAleavy's Lake Forest (GB) (No Nay Never).

“I am delighted at how well she's done over the winter. There isn't a great deal of her but she has definitely strengthened a lot,” Haggas told TDN on Tuesday. “I suspect she will stay sprinting. She has a very good turn of foot.”

While Relief Rally's programme for this year is yet to de decided, the trainer noted that the Commonwealth Cup at the royal meeting is “the obvious race”.  In its nine runnings to date, the Group 1 sprint for three-year-olds has twice been won by a filly – Quiet Reflection (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) in 2016 and Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in 2021. 

Haggas added, “She started cantering today. Let's hope she can win a Group 1 race this year as she's already a Group 2 winner.”

He also issued an update on Lake Forest, who is another to have resumed cantering this week. Haggas said, “He needs quick ground so he won't be out too early. But we'll be aiming him for the Commonwealth Cup, I suspect, because he's in the same position as her in that he's a Group 2 winner so there's not much point in going backwards. He might start in the Sandy Lane at the end of May.”


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