Society Rock landed the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in the hands of Kieron Fallon yesterday, just his second Group One victory since back in 2006. James Fanshawe’s five-year-old also returned to the winner’s enclosure for the first time since his victory in last season’s Golden Jubilee Stakes. He was always travelling well and waited for that gap before powering up the far rail to hit the front a furlong from home. Fallon drove him right out to the line to gamely fend off a strong late looking run from Gordon Lord Byron, who ran a cracker under Richard Kingscote. Our selection Bated Breath, despite an awkward start, had every chance once angled for a run by James Doyle and there can be no excuses. It’s a real shame but he simply isn’t a Group One horse despite having come so close, especially last season. Not sure what the next step for Roger Charlton’s 5-yo will be, but expect a return to Group Two action. The Aussie mare Ortensia was a huge disappointment only managing to beat one rival home, despite being sent off 5/2 favourite after winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last month. Society Rock had seemingly saved his best form for Ascot in the past and had failed to win the past seven times since his win at Royal Ascot last summer. In five of them though, he contested Group One action and showed clear promise when finishing a two length fifth to Black Caviar after fluffing the start. ”If we had got his stalls problem organised a bit earlier, I’m sure his record would have been even better,” Fanshawe said. “He completely missed the break when he was fifth in the Diamond Jubilee. The Qipco Champions Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot next month is likely to be Society Rock‘s next port of call. Gordon Lord Byron who showed significant promise, could make a return to handicap company.
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1.50 Waterway Run 6/1 2 point win
2.25 Rivellino 9/4 3 point win
2.55 Mince 11/4 NAP 5 point win NAP
3.30 Alfred Hutchinson 17/2 1 point EW
4.00 Gabrial’s Star 11/4 NB 4 point win
4.35 Nassau Storm 8/1 1 point EW
5.05 Dancing Primo 8/1 1 point EW
2.05 King’s Wharf 7/2 2 point win
2.35 Dubai Glory 11/2 2 point win
3.05 Earl Grez 3/1 NB 3 point win
3.40 Illysantachristina 10/1 1 point EW
4.15 Mangonel 12/1 1 point EW
4.45 Esteem 12/1 1 point EW
5.15 Midnight Gold 15/2 1 point EW
5.45 Roll On Ruby 15/8 NAP 4 point win NB
2.15 Harmonic Note 5/2 NB 3 point win
2.45 Cougar Ridge 8/1 1 point EW
3.20 Declaration Of War 5/1 2 point win
3.50 Caponata 7/2 NAP 4 point win
4.25 Orpha 9/1 2 point EW IWAC
4.55 Daring Man 11/1 1 point EW
5.25 Sense Of Purpose 9/2 2 point win
5.55 Ebazan 3/1 2 point win
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