William Haggas

Foret Hat Trick the Aim for One Master

MG1SW One Master (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), who won the 2018 and 2019 editions of the G1 Prix de la Foret on Arc Day, is on course for a third attempt, trainer William Haggas revealed. A winner of the G3 Oak Tree S. at Goodwood this July, the Lael Stables homebred has been runner-up in her past two starts-the G2 City of York S. on Aug. 22 and the Sept. 12 G2 Park S. at Doncaster last out. Haggas said, "She ran very well. She's just been unfortunate, but that's...

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Threat Anchors Tattersalls August Catalogue

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) is the highest-rated horse at 112 in the 774-strong inaugural Tattersalls August Sale catalogue, which was released on Sunday. Consigned by Richard Hannon's East Everleigh Stables for Cheveley Park Stud as lot 469, the chestnut is one of 541 colts and geldings in and out of training set to go under the hammer from Aug. 24-26. There are also 214 fillies in and out of training, as well as 19 broodmares set to sell in Newmarket. A winner of the G2 Gimcrack S. and the...

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One Master Swoops For Oak Tree Success

Lael Stable's globetrotting One Master (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) had saluted just once in 10 starts since annexing the 2018 G1 Prix de Foret, doubling up in the latest renewal of that seven-furlong test, and she went postward for Friday's G3 Saint Clair Oak Tree S. at Goodwood as the 6-4 favourite coming back off a close-up fourth in this month's G1 Falmouth S. at Newmarket. Settled in a midfield seventh along the rail after an alert getaway from the inside stall, she was caught in a pocket--a la Kameko...

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Dark Angel Colt One To Watch At Haydock

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a Dark Angel colt out of a Royal Ascot-winning 2-year-old. 12.00 Haydock, Mdn, £6,400, 2yo, 6fT MAYAAS (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is a son of the G2 Queen Mary S. and G2 Lowther S. winner Best Terms (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who has already produced...

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Freshman Sire Belardo Off the Mark at Haydock

Golden Melody (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}), a William Haggas-trained newcomer, became the first winner for her Kildangan Stud-based freshman sire (by Lope de Vega {Ire}) with a 2 1/4-length success over six furlongs at Haydock. 6th-Haydock, £6,400, Nov, 6-7, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:15.03, g/s. GOLDEN MELODY (IRE) (f, 2, Belardo {Ire}--Chanter {GB}, by Lomitas {GB}) was well away to stalk the leaders in a handy fourth through halfway in this first go. Shaken up when angled into an open lane passing the quarter-mile marker, the 4-1 chance seized control approaching the...

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Born With Pride Sits Classic Test

William Haggas will find out a lot more about his potential star filly Born With Pride (Ire) (Born To Sea {Ire}) as she takes on the colts in Kempton's G3 Unibet Classic Trial on Wednesday, which has been re-routed from its traditional home of Sandown. Having already done the unusual by upstaging Ballydoyle's well-regarded Peaceful (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the G3 Prix des Reservoirs runner-up Run Wild (Ger) (Amaron {GB}) on her racecourse debut in the Listed Montrose Fillies' S. at Newmarket in November, the Tsui family's homebred is as...

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Oaks Aspirations For Oppenheimer Filly

One of the last longstanding British-based breeding operations, Anthony Oppenheimer's Hascombe and Valiant Studs, is very much enjoying an upswing since the momentous 2015 campaign of Golden Horn (GB). As John Gosden's dynamo performed heroics in the G1 Investec Derby, G1 Eclipse S., G1 Irish Champion S. and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he brought the red, black and white silks back to the fore. Shortly after, it was the turn of Cracksman (GB), a descendant of the late Sir Philip's 1982 1000 Guineas heroine On the House (Fr)...

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Marquand Fined For Celebration

British-based jockey Tom Marquand, who has been based in Australia through the winter and who partnered the William Haggas-trained Addeybb (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) to victory in the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. at Randwick last Saturday, has been fined A$2,000 for breaching COVID-19 protocols when hugging stablehand Safid Alam after dismounting. Alam was fined A$500. Racing NSW sought medical advice on whether the breach should affect Marquand's eligibility to continue race riding. After considering medical advice and hearing that neither Marquand or Alam has displayed COVID-19 symptoms, stewards are satisfied that...

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Sydney Musings: The Championships Week 2

With their own domestic racing programmes decimated by COVID-19, many Europeans naturally looked to Randwick's card in Sydney to get their weekend fix of high-class racing. There was further reason to focus on 'The Championships' with Newmarket-based William Haggas having a fancied runner in two of the Group 1 races, the G1 Schweppes Sydney Cup and the G1 Longines Queen Elizabeth S. Happily, his representative Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB} won the latter race, the meeting's showpiece feature. This triumph (which, of course, is likely to be the final British-trained overseas...

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‘Aussie Tom’ Is A Pom At Heart

"It ended up being a pretty good day," says Tom Marquand with no little understatement. The day in question came less than a fortnight ago in Australia when the English jockey landed his first Group 1 victory aboard the William Haggas-trained Addeybb (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) in the Ranvet S. That same afternoon at Rosehill, Marquand also guided Addeybb's stable-mate Young Rascal (Fr) (Intello {Ger}) to glory in the G3 Manion Cup. With Australian racing currently taking place behind closed doors, there was no thunderous applause to herald Marquand's breakthrough moment,...

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Haggas, Eustace Enjoying Aussie Boost

The temporary suspension of racing in Britain has been a blow but two British-trained runners flew the flag high on the other side of the world when William Haggas's stable enjoyed a group-race double at Rosehill in Sydney in the early hours of Saturday. He may have had only a few hours' sleep but Haggas was all smiles on Newmarket Heath later that morning after Young Rascal (Fr) (Intello {Ger}) won the G3 Iron Jack NE Manion Cup followed by a hard-fought victory for yard favourite Addeybb (GB) (Pivotal {GB})...

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New Group 1 Winner For Pivotal

Cheveley Park Stud's seemingly ageless Pivotal (GB) added Group 1 winner number 31 to his haul in Australia on Saturday when the William Haggas-trained, Tom Marquand-ridden Addeybb (Ire) took the 2000 metre G1 Ranvet S. at Rosehill by a half-length. Back in third was another son of Pivotal, Godolphin's Avilius (GB). Avilius is a triple Group 1 winner himself and took this race last year. Pivotal, at age 27, is still covering a select book of around 30 mares at Cheveley Park for a private fee. Cheveley Park Managing Director...

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