Saturday 3 December 2016

Intilaaq hitting form for Varian

Graham Clark

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Roger Varian's Intilaaq continued his progression with an all-the-way win in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.
Roger Varian's Intilaaq continued his progression with an all-the-way win in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

Roger Varian's Intilaaq continued his progression with an all-the-way win in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

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An impressive maiden winner earlier in the season, he was stepped up markedly in class for the 2,000 Guineas but found that company all too much.

Back on track at Newbury last time out, this looked a good opportunity for the 1/3 favourite and Paul Hanagan decided to keep it simple.

John Smith's Cup winner Master Carpenter briefly threatened, but Intilaaq lengthened his stride in the final furlong to win going away by five lengths.

The winner was cut to 12/1 from 20s for the Juddmonte International by Paddy Power.

Varian completed a double when Realtra landed the Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes. Having her first outing for a new yard having previously been trained by Richard Fahey, the three-year-old was all out to hold off 100/1 chance Wiener Valkyrie.

Crowley's Law was always handy and can be a tough filly to pass, but once again she had to settle for minor money. Bought by Japanese connections for £290,000 in June, she boosted her paddock value no end with the Listed win.

Jack Mitchell was the man in the saddle and he said: "I didn't know much about her before, she was bought in June and has turned a corner since the boss got her.

"She's done it well today. I wanted a lead and plenty of cover and I followed the right horse through so it worked out well."

At Newmarket, Sharp Sailor gained an overdue success when taking advantage of a drop in class to land the RaceBets.com Handicap Stakes.

Placed on three of his four starts this season, the Marco Botti-trained three-year-old finally got his head in front with a battling success in the mile-and-a-quarter contest.

The 4/1 shot came through with Puzzle Time to join long-time leader Solo Hunter hitting the final furlong before moving into a slender lead.

Although Solo Hunter battled to try to wrestle back the lead once again, his effort came up short with Sharp Sailor holding on to victory by a neck.

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