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Sunday 18 November 2018

Sea Of Class provides Haggas with perfect birthday present

'A last-gasp winner of the Irish Oaks, the 7/4 favourite was even more impressive this time under James Doyle to give trainer William Haggas the perfect 58th birthday present.' Getty Images
'A last-gasp winner of the Irish Oaks, the 7/4 favourite was even more impressive this time under James Doyle to give trainer William Haggas the perfect 58th birthday present.' Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Sea Of Class shot to the top of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe betting after producing a blistering turn of foot to record an emphatic victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.

A last-gasp winner of the Irish Oaks, the 7/4 favourite was even more impressive this time under James Doyle to give trainer William Haggas the perfect 58th birthday present.

Laurens was smartly out of the stalls, but was soon headed by Magic Wand, with Aidan O'Brien's other runners Bye Bye Baby and Flattering close up.

Coronet and Dermot Weld's Eziyra made a forward move in the straight, but the race was over as soon as Sea Of Class burst onto the scene.

Taking several lengths out of the field in a matter of strides, Sea Of Class strode clear to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths, with Coronet second and Eziyra another length away in third.

Haggas said: "You always hope they are going to do something like that. She really was impressive. the lot.

"She's not in the Arc yet. There is a lot of water to pass under the bridge, but I imagine Mrs Tsui will be keen to pay the supplementary fee.

"The plan is to keep her in training next season, but if she won everything this year then it might be different."

Aidan O'Brien's Fairyland just denied The Mackem Bullet on the line in a thrilling finish to the Lowther Stakes at York.

The pair fought out a terrific duel in the final furlong, with Brian Ellison's 25/1 outsider looking as though she might just win the battle. However, the O'Brien-trained 6/4 favourite, which had been up front throughout, battled on bravely for Ryan Moore and got the verdict by a nose.

O'Brien said: "We were very happy with her at Ascot (third in Albany Stakes), but she was under the weather in between. I'm delighted with her."

Trainer Mark Johnston claimed a record-breaking 4,194th career victory in Britain as Frankie Dettori just got Poet's Society (20/1) up to beat Kynrenin the Clipper Logistics Handicap.

Irish Independent

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