Haggas - Heeraat has more to do
Thursday 11 October 2012
William Haggas believes Heeraat faces a difficult task as he aims to complete a course hat-trick in Saturday's Coral Sprint Trophy at York.
After running some good races in defeat, the three-year-old got off the mark for the year when striking gold at the Ebor Festival in August and followed up with a similarly game victory last month.
He heads the market for this weekend's Knavesmire feature, but Skipton-born Haggas feels his charge has plenty on his plate as he pits his wits against his elders.
"It will be harder for Heeraat on Saturday as he is going up against older horses - so it will be much tougher for him," said the Newmarket-based trainer.
"But he is a useful horse who loves the ground - 'cut' will be no problem to him."
Heeraat faces 19 opponents over the straight six furlongs, with Ayr Silver Cup winner Mass Rally his main market rival. Other major contenders include Doc Hay, Idler, Colonel Mak and Irish raider Bubbly Bellini.
Haggas has assembled a strong team for York's two-day meeting as he bids to become the racecourse's leading trainer for the first time in his career.
Richard Fahey has claimed the honour for an incredible six straight seasons - but his dominance on the Knavesmire may just be about to come to an end.
Fahey will approach York's finale meeting with four winners at the course in 2012 - half of Haggas' tally.
Haggas said: "As a Yorkshireman, I would very much like to win the York trainers' title if possible. I love York, it is a great track with great facilities - it is just a wonderful racecourse."