Headway put through his paces in Newmarket gallop

Satisfaction for William Haggas as 2000 Guineas hope enjoys workout

  • Wednesday 25 April
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Headway pleased connections in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket ahead of the Qipco 2000 Guineas on Saturday week.

The William Haggas-trained colt was partnered by James Doyle in the seven-furlong workout with two four-year-old stablemates Mojito (ridden by Michael Hills) and Hakeem (Richard Hills).

Headway pulled about three-quarters of a length clear at the line.

“It was exactly what I hoped it would be – a nice blowout,” said Haggas.

“The horse was in pretty good shape and he’s pretty fit.

“He moved smoothly and handled the dip all right, and relaxed well.

“Our job is to get him there in one piece, at the top of his game, and we’ve got 10 days to do that.”

Haggas has warned Headway will not line up for the colts’ Classic if the going is soft and he is hoping for quick conditions.

“He wants fast ground as he ran twice in soft ground and ran awfully,” said the Newmarket handler.

“If it’s soft he won’t go for the Guineas.”

Headway, who showed his well-being on the track with an eyecatching victory in a Listed race at Lingfield last month, is generally available at 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas.

Haggas’ inmate is among 26 acceptors following the latest scratching stage for the 2000 Guineas.

Aidan O’Brien’s squad includes Racing Post Trophy hero Saxon Warrior and recent Leopardstown scorer Gustav Klimt, who has usurped his stable companion as ante-post favourite.

Leading hopes for the home team include George Scott’s Greenham victor James Garfield, the Charlie Appleby-trained Craven scorer Masar and Elarqam from Mark Johnston’s yard.

Twenty fillies remain in contention for the Qipco 1000 Guineas the following afternoon.

O’Brien has a powerful six-strong entry headed by Happily and September.

Roger Varian is set to fire a twin assault with Nell Gwyn runner-up Altyn Orda and Madeline, not seen since disappointing at the Breeders’ Cup.

Varian said: “I was delighted with Altyn Orda’s second place in the Nell Gwyn Stakes.

“She was much quieter in the preliminaries than she had been as a two-year-old and she went to post without a hitch.

“Madeline is training very well and she will head straight to the Guineas.”

Headway put through his paces in Newmarket gallop

Newmarket 15:35, 5 May 2018

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