Walking fourth in Haydock Oaks
Published 05/07/2014 | 17:42
Johnny Murtagh's filly We'll Go Walking put up a gutsy show to finish fourth in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park.
Third in the Warwickshire Oaks at Nottingham on her previous start, the four-year-old was sent off a 20-1 outsider and Shane Kelly set out to make all the running in the Group Two contest.
We'll Go Walking was six lengths clear in mid-race, but she was hauled in coming down the straight and looked as if she would be swamped, but she stuck on gamely and wasn't far behind last season's Epsom Oaks winner Talent, the third home, at the line.
The race was dominated by John Gosden, who provided the first two, with Pomology beating stablemate Sultanina.
Both fillies were unbeaten going into the race, but all Pomology's three wins came last season, while Sultanina had not run at two and three yet won both her races this year.
The result looked signed and sealed some way out, as Pomology (8-1) was cantering all over the opposition two furlongs from home and eased into the lead before being pushed out by Graham Lee to beat Sultanina by two and a quarter lengths.
Gosden said: "She's a nice filly, she hadn't been working particularly well but it's different on the track sometimes. The other filly found the ground a bit sticky for her, they were labouring in it a bit."
Lee, riding his first Group Two winner as a Flat jockey, said: "That was nice. I spoke to Mr Gosden earlier, he told me to ride her as I found her and if the ground was too soft not to be too hard on her on her first run back.
"She gave me a great ride, she kept it simple - she jumped, travelled and lengthened. It's nice to sit on a horse of that calibre."