Pretty Baby makes perfect return with Redcar verdict

William Haggas’ charge impresses with five-length victory

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Pretty Baby looked an exciting prospect when bolting up in the Visit The All New Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Redcar.

The daughter of Orpen had won the second of her two starts as a youngster and was sent off the 11-10 favourite to get her three-year-old campaign off to a perfect start.

The William Haggas-trained filly did not disappoint. Barely out of second gear, she made all the running to score by five lengths from Angel’s Glory in the hand of Danny Tudhope.

“William said she had been working exceptionally well,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

“She’s won what I thought was a nice, competitive race. I wouldn’t know where she’ll go next, but obviously she’s improved and furnished up since last year.

“We thought she was up to this class and she was nice and relaxed in front.”

Completion (11-4 joint favourite) gave Haggas and Tudhope a double in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap.

Running for the first time on turf after three runs on the all-weather, the Arch gelding took it up a quarter of a mile from home and saw off Poet’s Prince by three-quarters of a length.

Haggas was completing an across-the-card treble as he was also on target at Southwell with Hakeem.

Silvestre de Souza got in on the double act with victories on Tarrzan and Robsdelight.

The champion jockey had an armchair ride on Tarrzan (4-7 favourite), who cruised into the lead three furlongs out and just had to be pushed out to hold Willow Brook by three-quarters of a length in the Racing UK Club Day Here Today Selling Stakes.

The Mick Channon-trained winner was sold for £12,500 to Moreton-in-Marsh handler John Gallagher at the subsequent auction.

Robsdelight (5-4 favourite), trained by Gay Kelleway, did the business by a length and a half in the Subscribe To Racing UK On Youtube Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Pretty Baby makes perfect return with Redcar verdict
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