Rarely a weekend goes by without the powerful William Haggas stable being represented in the top races – and this Saturday is no different.
Haggas has good prospects of capturing a whole host of races, and big prize-money, with his runners up and down the country.
Here he talks to us about some of his best prospects this weekend and he also gives an update on his leading sprinter Tasleet.
Muffri’Ha represents you in the highlight of the weekend – the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes. How do you rate her prospects?
She ran fine at Newmarket last time to win a Listed race and it was just what we wanted. The drying ground will suit her this weekend and I’m very happy with her.
You also have runners down at Ascot, including Mojito in the Challenge Cup. How is he?
He’s really well. He’s drawn on the stands’ rail and I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not! That’s just the way it is and you just have to see how it goes. But when a racecourse puts on a valuable pot like this one then it needs supporting. That’s my mantra and always has been.
Second Thought is also in action in the Bengough Stakes. What he you make of his last run?
He didn’t run very well really. I was a bit disappointed with him. We need to get on with him and I hope he was just rusty that day. He seems in good form since and he’s moving well, which is what we want to see from him.
Up at Redcar, Green Fortune runs in the valuable Two-Year-Old Trophy. Can he land the prize?
He’s a funny horse. He’s a nice horse but he’s slightly odd. He put in a slothenly effort at the Ebor meeting but then ran better in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton last time. He’s got a lowish weight so he’s worth a shot at this, but who knows what might happen. He does look and seem well though.
Can we get an update on your top sprinter Tasleet?
He’s in excellent form. He worked on Friday and everything went to plan. He’s being aimed at the Champions Sprint at the end of the month and hopefully he can put up a good show there.
Ascot is the aim for Harry Angel too. Do you know how you can reverse Haydock form with him?
I have no idea! I don’t think we’ll be able to do anything to spoil his chances in the race. He’s a very good horse and we just have to hope he’s not on his A-game and that we’re as good as we can be to step in.
You have been at the sales in Newmarket this week. How have you found it?
It’s been too strong for me anyway. The very top is very strong but lower down it’s not very strong and it probably looks better than it actually is in reality.
What do you mean by it not being as strong as it looks?
As with most sales in the last few years the vendors are finding it hard to sell and the purchasers are finding it hard to buy. I know that sounds silly but there are three or four big players who are sweeping up all the big stuff and the rest of it is a real battle.
And, finally, there have been the first yearlings by your former stable star Mukhadram selling. What have you made of them?
They’ve been strange to me as not too many have been like him. The ones I’ve seen have sold well but most importantly let’s hope they can run. It doesn’t matter how they sell, what it comes down to and what matters is whether they can run.