Golden Rose for Lord Of The Land

Lord Of The Land impressively completed his hat-trick in the Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield Park.

James Doyle (l) rode Lord Of The Land

David O'Meara's French import had won his last two starts on the polytrack after a respectable turf season and finished with good effect to justify 2/1 favouritism in the six furlong contest.

Settled in the front four of five behind Mythmaker, the five-year-old was pulled towards the centre of the track by James Doyle in the straight.

The leader kept on gamely with Kimberella unable to get past but Lord Of The Land picked up well inside the final furlong to mow him down in the closing stages.

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There was a moment of concern for connections after the race with Doyle dismounting and removing the saddle on the course where Lord Of The Land was attended to.

Doyle told At The Races: "I got off him and we took him back in the ambulance so we've done all we can to prevent anything more happening to him.

"I don't think it will be career threatening, he just looked a little sore pulling up so the vets will have a look at it and tell David a little more.

"In the race itself he didn't jump that quick but we managed to get a nice position in behind Gracious John and he took us into it nice. They went solid enough and I wasn't quick enough to lead but he travelled round good and I knew once he got to the front he'd take a bit of pegging back.

"He's clearly a horse who is going in the right direction so let's hope he gets back now and recovers well; I'm sure he's got a good campaign ahead of him."

Connor Beasley, rider of the runner-up, added: "I'm over the moon. He probably just bumped into one to be fair.

"He did nothing wrong, he went and set his sights and ran a big race. I don't know what Mr Smart will have planned now but he's entitled to have a good all-weather campaign."

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