God Given books return to Haydock for Lancashire Oaks

Well-bred filly secures Group Three honours

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God Given outstayed her rivals to win the Group Three Betway Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock.

Luca Cumani’s runner was sent off the 9-4 favourite after contesting a hot Ascot heat on her return, finishing fourth, just two and a quarter lengths behind subsequent Coronation Cup second Salouen.

Jamie Spencer was happy to adopt a watching brief through the early stages of the 12-furlong heat and when he asked the question in the home straight, it looked as though God Given would go on to win in style.

However, Crimson Rosette emerged from the pack and appeared to poke her nose in front inside the distance, only for God Given to edge back in front, eventually winning by half a length, with What A Home in third.

God Given is a half-sister to Postponed, who won the King George for Cumani in 2015, and the trainer is hoping this filly can follow a similar upward trajectory.

He told ITV Racing: “This race was a prep race for the Lancashire Oaks, so she will go for that race now in three weeks.

“It would be nice to think she could be like her brother and go all the way to Group Ones, she’s tough and she doesn’t give up.

“The race wasn’t really run to suit her and in a stronger-run race she would be better than this.

“Let’s try to win a Group Two race next time with her, though, if we can.”

Muthmir made the most of a drop to Listed level as he secured his first win in over a year in the Betway Achilles Stakes.

William Haggas’ charge largely plied his trade in Group company last term with little success, but he had run well enough when fifth in the Temple Stakes at this track last time out.

The 11-4 favourite travelled supremely well for Jim Crowley, as Alpha Delphini was among those to set the pace, but it looked a case of ‘how far’ when Muthmir was brought through to challenge.

But Alpha Delphini did not give up without a battle and pushed Muthmir all the way, going down by just a short head.

God Given books return to Haydock for Lancashire Oaks
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