Laugh Aloud makes all at HQ
Laugh Aloud (9/1) made every yard of the running to win the Muhaarar Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket.
Laugh Aloud and Robert Havlin made all in the Muhaarar Rosemary Stakes
Wearing the red cap of Godolphin, Rab Havlin was immediately at the head of affairs on John Gosden's three-year-old where he had September Stars for company.
The pair had a number of the field hard at work at the halfway stage but September Stars herself cracked with fully two furlongs to run while Laugh Aloud continued to freewheel at the head of affairs.
Irish raider Molly Dolly could be seen moving purposefully in midfield while Alnajmah also caught the eye but it was Pirouette who emerged from the pack to give chase.
She could never get close to the leader though who went on to score by two and three quarter lenghts from Pirouette with Muffri'Ha back in third.
The winning trainer told Channel 4 Racing: "The plan was if someone went very fast to follow them but if not to make our own running.
"She's so genuine, she gives you 100% every time. She's been caught three times just on the line but she puts her heart and soul into everything. Physically she's done very well with her racing; we were hopeful of a big run today.
"I think possibly she might be better even coming back to seven but it's nice that she's a stakes winner; to get a filly full of black type is what you always dream of.
"She is a half-sister to Debussy, who was a lovely old horse which went and won the Arlington Million. We will have to think about that (another run) as the ground will soon start to go, while trying to find a Group Three for fillies may be difficult.
"She ought to stay in training next year."
Havlin told Racing UK: "When it's riding like this, the Rowley Mile can be a good frontrunner's track so we decided to just her bowl and nothing else wanted to go with us. She was really enjoying herself and one and a half furlongs out I could hear a few slaps behind me and I thought I still had something left in the tank then.
"She's a very nice, progressive filly and pretty versatile too. There's no jar in the ground there and she was fine, but I think she handles some give in the ground too. I'm sure the boss will find the right race for her next."
Pirouette had finished fifth for trainer Hughie Morrison in a Group Three contest at Sandown last time, but only found one rival too powerful here.
He said: "She ran right up to her best if not better and was beaten by a very nice filly. It read like a good race beforehand and easily could have been a Group race.
"It's always frustrating to get beaten in a Listed race but her time will come. She's a big mare and will be really decent next year. I've always felt that she wanted a true surface and on fast ground might prefer a flat surface whereas on this more undulating track, fast ground is a bit more tricky.
"She ran well, looks well and we'll sit on her for three weeks and look for another race. She'll run again this season as she's not a two-year-old."
Muffri'ha gained some extremely valuable black type on this drop back to a mile, but trainer William Haggas still feels there's a chance she might get further.
"She ran a good, solid race," he said. "She plugged on and tries hard. She beat quite a few others but not the front two.
"I'll look for this sort of race for her next and this will be her last season. I think she might get 1m 2f but she wasn't exactly stretching out at the finish so I'm not sure."