Ummalnar makes no mistake at Chelmsford for William Haggas

Unbeaten Shamardal filly could now step up in class

  • Tuesday 14 August
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William Haggas has enjoyed a fine season with his team of fillies and . Ummalnar could be another to taste Group-race glory in time after maintaining her unbeaten record at Chelmsford.

Having made a winning debut at Newmarket, the daughter of Shamardal, who holds three Group race entries, followed it up with a six-length success in the totepool Cashback Club At Fillies’ Novice Stakes to form the opening leg of a double for Ryan Moore.

Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said of the 1-25 favourite: “She was on a hiding to nothing but she won and that’s the main thing. She is still learning.

“I think she probably wants a bit further. Her half-brother (Sheikhzayedroad) stays well. We will see how she is but we are not in a hurry. She is one for next year and the year after.”

Luck may not have been on the side of Mudallel (15-8 favourite) at Ayr last time out but the Ed Dunlop-trained four-year-old had no trouble hitting the target in the Extra Places At Handicap to complete Moore’s double.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah, said: “They kept stopping and starting which didn’t help this fellow as he wants an end-to-end gallop.

“Things didn’t go right for him at Ayr but I think he is probably better on the all-weather.”

There may have been no flying dismount but Frankie Dettori made his fleeting visit to the Essex track a worthwhile one after Wissahickon made it three wins from four starts this year with a length-and-a-quarter success in the feature Irish Lotto At Handicap.

Dettori said of the John Gosden-trained 8-11 favourite: “I rode him at Newmarket and he missed the kick. I kicked him to get a position but he run to free.

“I dropped him in this time and he was a different horse. He is very game. He will be too high for any more handicaps now.”

Marc Monaghan moved to within four winners of losing his claim after the Marco Botti-trained Fox Coach went one better than on his two previous attempts after posting a three-and-a-half-length success the £20 Free Bets At Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The winning jockey said of the 13-8 winner: “He had two very good first runs and unfortunately he bumped into two very nice horses. He has always given a nice feeling at home. He will probably get a mile and that would be his optimum trip at two.

“He has done everything right so far and has got a touch of class about him.”

Gold Filigree (4-1) could be in line for a quick reappearance at York next week after taking the Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven At Handicap by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Richard Hughes said: “She is an improving filly. There is an apprentice race at York over five furlongs next week. It is an idea.”

Gary Mahon may have fallen foul of the stewards after being disqualified aboard Masters Apprentice at Brighton last time out but the 5lb claimer made up for it when taking the Hacienda Classical Here 1st September Handicap by a length and three-quarters.

The winning jockey said of the Sylvester Kirk-trained 6-1 shot: “I knew he had a turn off foot and had got every chance.

“The placings got revised last time. He has redeemed himself, and so have I.”

Ummalnar makes no mistake at Chelmsford for William Haggas
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