Beshaayir strikes at third attempt in Listed company

Trainer William Haggas bagged a second successive Rosemary Stakes victory thanks to Beshaayir

  • Friday 28 September
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Beshaayir gained her most valuable victory to date as she charged home in the Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

After coming up short on her two previous attempts in Listed company, the daughter of Iffraaj came good at the third time of asking when landing win number three of the campaign.

The 8-1 shot picked up well late on under Oisin Murphy to move past early leader Laugh Aloud inside the final furlong before defeating Queen Of Time by two lengths to give trainer William Haggas back-to-back wins in the race.

Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant trainer, said: “Last time at Ascot she hit her head in the stalls and she was probably seeing stars all the way up the track.

“She is fine at home. The girl that rides her all year has done a really good job. She has been a bit silly the last few times at the races, stamping about, but I think that is just the way she is.

“The fast pace suited her. She settled well and she finished well. We are really pleased to win a Listed race with her, because it has just not gone her way before.”

Skardu (3-1) completed a double for Newmarket handler Haggas after sticking to the task well on his debut to take the Derrinstown British EBF Maiden Stakes by two lengths.

Maureen Haggas added: “He had not been wound up he just come up here to have a run. He looked a bit timid early on, but he started to get the hang of it and finished well.

“He has changed a lot in the last two months. He was quite an ugly duckling and has turned into a really nice horse.”

Horses from the yard of Mark Johnston are renowned for being tough – but few can be as resilient as Communique after he gained his fifth win of the campaign when grinding out victory in the Mukhadram Godolphin Stakes.

Although pressed late on in the mile-and-a-half prize by eventual runner-up Barsanti, the son of Casamento held on gamely by a neck to gain the first Listed victory of his career and complete a double for winning rider Ryan Moore.

Johnston said of the 11-8 winner: “We’ve got a good few like him. It’s the racing that makes them tough. We tried a mile and a half with him in June, but it just didn’t go his way. We have thought he wants that trip for a long time.

“Ryan Moore had never ridden him before. He surprised him a bit that he found such a turn of foot. He was not expecting that, as he was so laid-back. If riding him again, he said he would wait a bit longer.

“We are going to end up there (Group races), but it is whether he takes in the Rowley Cup, the race Charlie (Johnston, assistant trainer) wanted to go for, along the way.”

The Mick Channon-trained Jazeel (14-1) made the most of a return to a quick ground when swooping late under David Egan to land the Shadwell Farm Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) by a neck.

Beshaayir strikes at third attempt in Listed company
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