“He’s a horse monster”
Watch how Al Aasy clinched victory in today’s Al Rayyan Stakes in Newbury, as well as Nick Luck’s interview with William Haggas who praised his four-year-old.
Wow! Al Aasy wins Al Rayyan Stakes head to chest
Al Aasy oozed class and is now a short award for the Coronation Cup after what amounted to a winning stroll in the Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury.
Sacked the 10-11 favorite for Group Three following an equally impressive display in the John Porter earlier in the year, the four-year-old faced stiffer opposition this time around.
Last year’s Dante winner Thunderous and 2019 St Leger winner Logician were part of the opposition – but Jim Crowley did not budge in the saddle as the colt trained by William Haggas achieved success over four lengths.
Thunderous chased him home, but the winning distance could easily have been doubled.
“We never let them go at home. He always looks like Nijinsky against the others!” – See what William Haggas had to say about Al Aasy
“He won very well. He settled in well and won really well and I can’t really say more, because he looks like this at home – he’s a talented horse, “said Haggas, who never hid his admiration. for his load.
“He’s done well this year and we’ll find out in the Coronation Cup – because that’s where he goes next – how good he is.
“They never have fast ground in Epsom and we have one in the Derby (Mohaafeth) that needs it fast and it will surely rain for him – if it does, that will suit Al Aasy.
“He didn’t surprise me. We were really disgusted with him in the Gordon Stakes last year, but this race was a mess and the ground was really fast.
“He’s talented and is in everything we could possibly put him in. We’re going to put it in the Arc, but there’s a long way to go before that.
“I would like to come back to 10 (stadiums) with him, but I’m not sure. It’s pretty good at a mile and a half and there are some really nice runs on this trip starting with Epsom and then Ascot in the summer (King George).
“If he’s going to run in the Arc, he’s going to need a break at some point. I wasn’t going to run him today, I was going to go straight to Epsom, but he needed a run because he was doing so well.
“He’s got a long way to go, he’s won two groups of three, but he’s a good horse.
“He’s a very enthusiastic horse, but the good thing is that in both races this year he let go of the bridle. Jim now has confidence in him, which we always had, but he – and rightly so – had lost a bit after Goodwood.
Crowley was equally impressed and said, “He’s a horse monster, I just had a double grip all the way through.
“It’s a bit of a handful and I think that’s why William wanted to give it another run, but he gave me a great run – he kind of dragged me forward.
“You don’t have a lot of horses that give you that kind of feeling. He enjoyed the cut in the ground, but hopefully he just kept improving.
“We’ll see where we go from Epsom.”
Paddy Power initially cut Al Aasy to 2-1 (9-2) for the Coronation Cup, but was forced to shorten further to 7-4.
Creative force watches a sprinter on top after blitzing rivals in the BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes in Newbury.
Creative Force wins in Newbury
Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old, who is gelled and therefore won’t be able to race in the Commonwealth Cup, came last to first under James Doyle to beat Spycatcher by three comfortable lengths.
Sent off a 9-4 chance, he’s now won four of his five races, with his only loss at the Coventry Stakes last year.
“He’s a progressive little horse,” said Appleby of Newmarket.
“The way he hits the line on six, the option might be there to move up to seven stages and he might be a Jersey horse, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to James yet.
“Unfortunately he doesn’t qualify for the Commonwealth, but the jersey could be a possibility. Otherwise, we will switch to the group company out of six. He settles in, so he gives himself a chance.
“He’s a fun little horse to have right now. Who knows, if he hadn’t been frozen, he might not be doing what he is doing now. He’s here to be a racehorse and that’s what he’s doing now.
“When these sprinters are going for a momentum, you don’t know when they’ll hit a plateau. Fortunately, he is on an upward curve.
Few in the weigh-in room ride better than former champion Ryan Moore this season – and he once again showed how hard it is to beat in a finish when Dukebox (8-1) prevailed over a photo at BetVictor Conditions stakes.
Richard Hannon used the same race as a stepping stone to Royal Ascot in 2016 for Mehmas, who went on to finish second at Coventry before winning the July Stakes and the Richmond at Goodwood.
Dukebox had won on his debut at Kempton, but the market favored his caliber mate Al Shibli, who lost the favorite 7-4.
Oisin Murphy seemed to have done everything right on Dairerin, who hit his forehead deep in the final half-turn, but Moore was not denied and got the verdict by a nose.
“This boy is from Broadway Duchess which we also trained, I own a quarter with Christopher Powell who unfortunately lost his wife (Jenny) six months ago and that’s when you find out that the horses give you something money can’t buy. ” said Hanno.
“It will go to Coventry and I put it in the Railway Stakes as well. He won today like he won his first race, he never looked like he won either.
“They went pretty fast, Ryan said it was like the Abbey. It is always a sign of a good horse when he does just enough.
“The other horse is nice and when he has a fast pitch he will win.”
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