Haggas ready to break new ground

Newmarket trainer all set for Breeders’ Cup debut

  • Wednesday 24 October
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William Haggas is aiming to cap a wonderful season with his first runners at the Breeders’ Cup as One Master and Queen Of Bermuda are set to travel to Churchill Downs.

One Master is already a Group One winner after her somewhat surprising success in the Prix de la Foret, while Queen Of Bermuda has already earned plenty of air miles on three trips to France.

The Newmarket handler has enjoyed a stellar season, thanks chiefly to the exploits of Irish and Yorkshire Oaks heroine Sea Of Class.

Haggas said: “It’s a whole new experience for me, because I’ve never had a runner at the Breeders’ Cup before – and I’ve very rarely gone to America to race.

“The plan was to keep One Master in training until she won the Foret. There is only one Group One race over seven furlongs – and she has won it – so what is the point of carrying a Group One penalty next year?

“We are going to run in the mile to see if she gets it, and that might open up a few options, but I think they (owners) have asked to go to Frankel already.

“She has always been good, but she hasn’t run like it this year.

“I’ve always thought she wanted soft ground – and I don’t think anyone can describe the ground at Longchamp (like that) as it was rough.

“She is tough and she looks great at the moment.”

The speedy Queen Of Bermuda has packed 10 races into her sole season to date, and will continue her career in the States.

“Queen Of Bermuda is not coming back after this, because she is going to (American trainer) Graham Motion,” said Haggas.

“It’s a bit of a final fling for her. She has just got better and better.

“When she got stuffed at Ascot (in the Windsor Castle) I thought that was the end of her. When she ran second to Soldier’s Call in France she would have gone pretty close – but Christophe (Soumillon), under my instructions, followed the wrong one, and the race was over by the time she got out .

“She has been pretty consistent and has won the Firth Of Clyde. That is a long way from winning this race – but if she gets a good draw, one thing she knows how to do is race properly.

“She ran very well in the Cheveley Park and ran well in a Group Two at Maisons-Laffitte since. I think she is in great nick.

“I never thought I’d end a season well enough with horses good enough to go there at this time of year. I’m delighted to be taking part in it, albeit with two outsiders.”

Haggas ready to break new ground
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