William Haggas has given the lowdown on his runners set to appear in the upcoming Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s now twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, the 60-year-old trainer from Suffolk revealed the inside track about which horses he is expecting to shine at this week’s event.
YAZAMAN is set to run in the Tattersalls Stakes on Thursday although he was second in the Windsor Castle over five furlongs and he’s run on a quick six, so we feel that he needs more ground.
He’s not sort of quick enough at the moment so we’re going to try him over seven furlongs or even a mile – we’ve got nothing to lose.
But we just need to find something that’s going to get him across the line in a Group race.
UMMALNAR is a pretty good filly and she’s nearly there. She needs a straight track and dry ground and there’s a seven furlong Listed at Ascot the following weekend – she may wait for that.
But basically the horses in the Rosemary Stakes on Friday are all horses desperate to get some black-type and are probably not good enough, so we may have a bit of a ‘if in doubt, run it’ situation and run a few of the girls – but we’ll see.
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If she’s all right, my gut feeling is to run SEA OF FAITH in Friday’s Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes because it’s her last season and it’s a Group 3 race for fillies.
It’s a pretty unconventional way of going about it but what have we got to lose?
She’s a stakes winner now, which is the reason we kept her in training – she had knee surgery at the backend of her three-year-old career last year. She’s not got many races in her, she doesn’t want heavy ground and it’s bound to rain in time. My gut feeling is to go with Sea Of Faith.
Born With Pride loves the soft and the softer the better for her, so she can wait until deep into the autumn for having a crack at a better race.
SACRED will definitely run in the Cheveley Park Stakes and we may put a bit of headgear on her.
She’s been beaten three times now since a debut success, but I thought the last time at Doncaster she came there to win her race and was just pipped.
We can make lots of excuses for her in the circumstances – ground at York and inexperience at Ascot, but at Doncaster although she raced away from them and had to go earlier than we had planned, I just wondered whether she gave here all. I think we’re going to put some cheekpieces on to help her.
I’m sure she’ll get the trip well. If it’s quick ground she’ll run a good race – she’s a pretty good filly. We’ll see.
SINJAARI for sure – he’s definitely going to run in the Cambridgeshire.
MONTATHAM might do but it will depend on the weight range as there’s no Silver Cambridgeshire this year. If the weight range is very narrow – he’s 109 – very few horses win off 109 in the Cambridgeshire, but if the bottom weight is 99, then it certainly will be considered.
JOHAN is going to be left in but he’ll have a penalty for winning at Ayr on Saturday so he’s unlikely. But he wants rain, so any rain will suit him and it’s going to come – we’re just leaving him in as an option.
ILARAAB won off 90 and he’s a pretty smart horse. He’s dangerous. But again he’s better with cut in the ground – so we like a few balls in the air – it’s a relatively valuable race during COVID times so let’s give it a go.
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