Aljazzi triumphs in Dick Hern
More news from Haydock Park, where Aljazzi came out on top in a bunch finish for the Listed Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes.
Not seen since finishing 10th behind Minding in the 1000 Guineas and fitted with a hood to help her relax, the Marco Botti-trained filly lived up to her home reputation with a tidy success.
Mix And Mingle, who had finished ahead of Aljazzi when seventh to Minding at Newmarket, looked like scoring after getting the better of the game pace-setter Pirouette.
However, Chris Wall's charge could not cope with Aljazzi's burst as the latter prevailed by a neck with Pirouette third.
"I was a bit worried with the ground as we felt she wanted a bit of give, but she did well. She was hanging a bit left. She is still inexperienced and that was only her fourth start," said Botti.
"We always thought a lot of her. We ran her in the Guineas but it was too soon for her. Mentally she wasn't ready. It wasn't a bad run though.
"After the race she went light and we decided to freshen her up and bring her back here. We're delighted.
"We tried her with a hood at home and she was calmer. She can get anxious so she went in the stalls last. The hood helped her. "She has plenty of ability and it was important to get black type.
"Where we go next, I won't rush any decision straight away. I'll speak to the owners. We have a few options in the autumn particularly when there is give in the ground.
"I'd be inclined to step her up. I think she'll get a mile and a quarter."
Treasury Notes was delivered with a late run to claim the Betfred Duke Of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Handicap at Haydock.
After a frenetic early pace set by Cape Icon and Chosen Character, Danny Tudhope had to switch the David O'Meara-trained four-year-old to the outside after failing to get a run towards the inside.
Treasury Notes (15/2) rose to the challenge and got up close home to win by three-quarters of a length from Lat Hawill with Spring Offensive a head away in third.
"He's a horse that likes a bit of time between his races," said O'Meara's assistant Jason Kelly.
"Earlier in the season we thought he preferred soft ground, but Ripon and today were his best performances so fast obviously suits.
"He had a lot of ground to make up but did it impressively. We haven't looked too far beyond this. We may have a look at York but we'll see if it comes a bit quick for him."
The pair dominated the business end of proceedings and it was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who prevailed over the evens favourite by half a length.
The pair pulled seven lengths clear of Ode To Evening in third.
"We like him – Sir Michael spoke very highly about him before the race," said Atzeni.
"They went a nice gallop. I could have done with a longer lead. He got to the front early enough. He probably idled a little bit and the ground was probably slightly quick for him.
"He's a nice horse and will get better in time."
Normandy Barriere (3/1 favourite) gained consolation for his fine effort in second in place in Ascot's lady amateurs' race two weeks ago when going one better in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap. Ridden by William Buick, the Nigel Tinkler-trained four-year-old asserted in the final half-furlong to beat Mickey by two lengths.
"He's a lovely horse and I think six furlongs is his trip. We'll see what the handicapper does before deciding what to do next," said Tinkler.
George Baker managed to sneak Daniel Kubler's four-year-old up the stands' rail to snatch victory by a nose.
Kubler said: "He's just learning all the time. We ran him over further just to teach him to race – up to seven, then six and down to five over which he won last time. It's clicked with him now.
"There's a handicap over five at Doncaster but that's a month away and we might look at the Bronze Cup at Ayr."
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