Royal runner Magnetic Charm goes on Goodwood offensive

Fri 24 Aug 2018

William Haggas is optimistic Magnetic Charm can improve again for a step up to seven furlongs by carrying the colours of the Queen to victory the Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

The daughter of Exceed and Excel will attempt to back up her last time out success at Newbury over six furlongs by giving the Newmarket handler his first victory in the Group Three contest.

Haggas said: “I liked her when she won at Newbury, she won well there.

“I think she wants further so this might prove a good trip for her.

“She’s got a bit to find with a few of them but it was nice to see the second win, albeit at Brighton, recently.

“I think she’s worth her place in the race, for sure.”

Having saddled subsequent 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook to glory in the race 12 months ago, Richard Hannon will launch a triple assault with Posted, Aim Power and Ajrars.

Hannon said: “I was a little bit disappointed with Ajrar in the Sweet Solera last time out. Part of it could have been because of the ground but she didn’t run any sort of race. She is on a recovery mission  and she is better than that. She has been in good form at home since.

“Posted is a very good maiden and is a filly with a lot of ability. I know that they think a lot of the horse that beat her last time (Dubai Beauty). I know she is a maiden but she has been working well at home so we decided to take our chance.

“Aim Power improved to win her maiden last time but she is not drawn very well. The way she won at Windsor looked like this trip would suit her. Hopefully she will improve for it.”

Andrew Balding expects the hat-trick-seeking Look Around to be able to make the jump up to Pattern-race company, having claimed Listed honours last time out at Sandown.

He said: “Look Around was good at Sandown and she is a filly that we like a lot. She is still sort of learning but hopefully she will run well.”

The Kingsclere handler will also be chasing Group Three glory with Maid Up, who was denied a four-timer at the track in the Lillie Langtry Stakes last time out, in the Ladbrokes March Stakes (run in memory of John Dunlop).

He added: “She run a unbelievable race last time out and seems in good form. She has had a long season it is just whether that race has left its mark but we won’t know until it is run.

“A reproduction of that effort last time will see her go close.”

The field is completed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Cypress Creek and Ben Vrackie from the yard of John Gosden.

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