Rose of Lancaster Stakes Preview – Saturday 11th August
Last updated: August 10, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Haydock Park stages a very competitive card on Saturday featuring the £63,000 Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at 3.05.
The race is for three-year-olds and upwards over ten furlongs and has been won by some high class horses in the past. 2001 winner Nayef went on to win four Group 1 races including the Champion Stakes and the International Stakes. 2009 winner Jukebox Jury proved to be a real globetrotter, winning the Prix Kergorlay and the Irish St Leger in 2011 for Mark Johnston. Other notable winners include Wassl Touch (1986), Greek Dance (1999), Hunter’s Light (2012) and David Livingston (2013).
Elwazir favourite for Rose of Lancaster Stakes
The ante-post favourite this year is the Owen Burrows trained Elwazir, a three-year-old colt by Frankel. He showed promise in both starts at Newmarket as a juvenile before getting off the mark at Sandown in June. He ran on strongly to beat Cross Counter by two and three-quarter lengths. That form has been boosted since with the runner-up winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.
Elwazir was well backed to follow up at Ascot off a handicap rating of 96 and comfortably beat Extra Elusive by a length and three-quarters. Jim Crowley replaces Frankie Dettori in the saddle as Elwazir takes a step up in class.
Sir Michael Stoute has won this race three times, most recently with Class Is Class in 2011. He relies on Zaaki this year, beaten only a short-head by Communique in a valuable Newmarket handicap last time. The winner has since defied a 5lbs penalty at Goodwood and Zaaki was attempting to concede 12lbs to that rival. Communique is improving but it would be a surprise if he were able to confirm the form on level terms.
Palmer chasing another top prize
Hugo Palmer landed the Stewards Cup last weekend and is chasing another valuable prize here with Fajjaj. He was fitted with cheek-pieces when Frankie Dettori rode him into second place behind Emotionless at Newbury last month. Ben Curtis rode him to victory in his previous race at Ayr when coasting home clear of two moderate rivals and is re-united with the colt on Saturday.
Gabrial is a standing dish for place money in these types of races. Now aged nine, he has won eight of his 82 races and frequently runs on late to pick off a few tiring rivals. The trip is the concern with all his best form being over a mile. Jamie Spencer partners Brorocco for Andrew Balding, a consistent five-year-old handicapper. He stepped up to Group 2 company last time out in the Sky Bet Stakes at York and was just touched off by Thundering Blue. He comes from a family that improve with age and it would be no surprise to see him hit the frame again at Haydock.
The field is completed by Teodoro, a slightly disappointing favourite when fourth here in the Old Newton Cup last time. He may have been flattered by his six lengths victory at Newbury on his previous start and his best form is at a mile and a half.
Zaaki @11-4 Bet365
The Rose of Lancaster Stakes is due off at 3.05 at Haydock Park on Saturday 11th August and will be televised live on ITV4.