On Her Toes proves pleasant surprise for William Haggas at Ascot

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Tackling the M25 on a Friday is never a pleasant experience but for trainer William Haggas it was made that bit easier following the victory of On Her Toes in the Carraig Insurance British EBF Valiant Stakes at Ascot.

While winning owners Cheveley Park Stud needed the intervention of the stewards 12 months ago to award the Listed race to Red Box, there were no dramas on this occasion, with the Kodiac filly rallying to take the seven-furlong prize by half a length.

Haggas said of the 8-1 winner: "I am staggered she won, as I thought it was a very strong field. It was a very good ride close to the pace and Joe Fanning said she just kept on finding. When we ran her in the Sandringham, Pat Cosgrave thought she didn't quite get home so we dropped her back to seven."

He added: "What a thoroughly genuine filly she is. She has won a stakes race at two and three. She has done her bit. We have had a few Kodiacs over the years and I think they are very genuine."

Having started the day on a sour note, trainer Jim Goldie ended it on a happier one after the victory of stable stalwart Jack Dexter (5-1) in the Neptune Investment Management Handicap.

The Glasgow-based handler, who announced the retirement of his other popular sprinter Hawkeyethenoo earlier in the week, saw the popular eight-year-old gain his first win since November 2015 when proving a length and a half too good in the five-furlong dash.

Goldie said: "He is terrific. He ran a good race in the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton last week, but unfortunately he is not entered in the Stewards' Cup.

"The ground worked out well and he likes cut in the ground. I will probably run him tomorrow. If he had not run today he would have been too gassy tomorrow.

"Sadly this morning he had a two-parts sister that we lost. She had an accident and we have tried to save her for most of the summer."

Roger Varian is already dreaming of what lies ahead next year for UAE King (6-5) after he completed a hat-trick of wins with the minimum of fuss in the John Guest Brown Jack Handicap.

Despite hanging down the home straight in the two-mile contest, the three-year-old son of Frankel, who is a half-brother to Dubawi, powered clear in taking fashion to back up recent wins at Haydock and Sandown.

Varian said: "It was pleasing to see him finish his race so strongly.There is no race in the programme book over two miles until September for him. Whether we consider coming back two furlongs for the Melrose at York is another option.

"He will be a lovely horse next year. He is a fine stamp of a horse with an amazing pedigree. I suppose he could be anything over a trip next year."

Charlie Appleby will consider the Gimcrack Stakes at York for Mythical Magic after he made his debut a winning one in the Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes.

Appleby said of the 11-8 winner, who was given a 33-1 quote for next year's 2000 Guineas by BetVictor: "He has been a horse we've always liked at home.

"You can see by his physique he was precocious in the spring, then he met a weak spot so we took a bit of time with him and he has done well. I was confident coming into this he would take a bit of beating.

"He picked up well off a slow pace and he galloped out strongly. He is in the Gimcrack, but whether we dive into that just yet we will see how he is when we get home. It's a possibility, for sure."

Martin Dwyer faces an enforced spell on the sidelines after picking up a 10-day ban for careless riding following his length-and-a-quarter win aboard the Sylvester Kirk-trained Gawdawpalin (11-1) in the John Guest Handicap.

Dwyer said: "He was hanging left and I was trying to correct him. He won well and dug deep. Sylvester's horses are running well."

The Hugo Palmer-trained Jousi (4-1) proved that size is not everything when building on her debut to land the John Guest British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes and with it become the 1,000th winner of the £10,000 Plus 10 bonus scheme.

Callum Rodriquez enjoyed his first winner at the track when steering Intense Romance (5-1), from the yard of Michael Dods, to victory in the Chelsea Thoroughbreds October Club Charity Fillies' Handicap.

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