Hag­gis hop­ing to crown Se­nior­ity for the Queen

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

WIL­LIAM Hag­gas has two strong con­tenders as he goes in search of a first win in the bet365 Cam­bridgeshire at New­mar­ket to­day.

Al­far­ris is one of the favourites and has yet to be out of the first two all sea­son, while Se­nior­ity, owned by the Queen, won the Golden Mile at Good­wood.

Hag­gas has en­joyed a stel­lar sea­son – but vic­tory in one of New­mar­ket’s most his­toric races would be a big feather in his cap.

“They are a pair of good, solid older horses in good form, but it is al­ways a com­pet­i­tive race and you will usu­ally en­counter a cou­ple of blots on the hand­i­cap, so it is a tough one to win,” said Hag­gas.

“You need to stay well to win the Cam­bridgeshire. Al­far­ris is fine over a mile and a quar­ter, while Se­nior­ity is a win­ner over one mile and three fur­longs, so that is a plus for them.

“We have won a few big hand­i­caps over the years, but the Cam­bridgeshire is not one of them and it’s a race I’d like to add to my CV.”

Al­far­ris is owned by Sheikh Ham­dan Al Mak­toum, who also runs Afaak, trained by Char­lie Hills.

“I saw Al­far­ris ear­lier in the week and he looks fan­tas­tic,” said rac­ing man­ager An­gus Gold.

“I think the ground and the trip should be fine for him and I would hope he’ll run very well, but it’s hard to say you’re go­ing to go and win a race like the Cam­bridgeshire.

“Afaak will run as well and we’re putting a pair of blink­ers on him. I think the gen­eral feel­ing is he’s not putting ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing he has into his races, but he has plenty of abil­ity when he’s in the right mood.”

David Menuisier’s sub­se­quent Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional third Thun­der­ing Blue was beaten into sev­enth in the race 12 months ago, but he is back with Dance­te­ria, three times a win­ner on the July Course this sea­son.

“I don’t think the drop back to nine fur­longs will be a prob­lem be­cause he’s won over a mile and he’s got a lot of pace,” said Menuisier. “I think the Cam­bridgeshire could suit him. The horse is feel­ing ab­so­lutely great and he ticks a lot of boxes.

“In the last few years the three-year-olds don’t have a great record in the race, which puts a lit­tle damp­ener on his chance.

“But if I look at my horse and the con­di­tions of the race and the ground, I think I am quite con­fi­dent of a good run.”

Saeed bin Suroor has em­ployed two young jock­eys for his two run­ners, with Hec­tor Crouch on Moun­tain Hunter and Rossa Ryan on Very Ta­lented.

“Very Ta­lented won well last time af­ter two years off,” said Bin Suroor. “It was good for him, he fin­ished his race well and he came back well.

“He’s been good af­ter the race. The straight nine fur­longs will suit him and we are look­ing for­ward to a good re­sult from him. He fin­ished third in this race two years ago.

“Moun­tain Hunter was un­lucky at Don­caster last time, but this course will suit him.

“He’s a big strong horse. He’s in the right place and we are look­ing for a good re­sult from him as well.”

John Quinn has em­ployed the ser­vices of Sean Davis for Mi­s­tiroc.

“I’m happy with him. He picked up an in­jury a year and a half ago so he was off for a long time be­fore Ep­som, but we were pleased how he ran,” Quinn told At The Races.

“The form of the race has worked out and we’re bring­ing over Sean Davis (from Ire­land). He’s a good ap­pren­tice with my good friend Ger Lyons. He claims 5lb and is a very good lad.”

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