Audi Richmond Stakes - 1st August 2013  

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Saayerr Scores in Richmond Stakes

1 Saayerr 5/1
2 Cable Bay 20/1
3 Thunder Strike 7/1
NR: Parbold (IRE)
10 ran Distances: nk, 2¼l, ½l
TIME 1m 10.14s (slow by 0.64s)

The William Haggas-trained Saayerr bounced back from a below-par run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot when capturing the Group Two Audi Richmond Stakes by a neck from Cable Bay.


William Haggas

“He stayed on well. William has always really loved him and he ran well at Ascot but not quite well enough. It was a bit disappointing that he wasn’t closer but it’s great that he has won a nice race,” said Haggas’s wife Maureen.

“He’s always been one of William’s favourite two-year-olds. We liked him since we got him at the sales and he’s a real, solid professional two-year-old. I think that six furlongs is his trip but his next race is William’s department really.”

Winning rider Ryan Moore added “I think that the step a furlong helped him but five furlongs at Ascot is not a massive difference to six furlongs here.

“The race panned out quite well for him. They didn’t go mad for the first two furlongs but I got a nice tow into the race for a good part of the race. Jamie’s horse came on the outside but my horse found a bit more and just did enough.”


Audi Richmond Stakes (Group 2)
£75,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
W J Haggas
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
5 - 1
Cable Bay
C Hills
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
Thunder Strike
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Figure Of Speech
C Appleby
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
2 - 1
1/2 length
M R Channon
M Harley
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
Short Head
Ben Hall
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
Salford Red Devil
R A Fahey
Jim Crowley
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
R Varian
Andrea Atzeni
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
1/2 length
Miracle of Medinah
M D I Usher
L P Keniry
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
1 1/4 length
Bahamian Heights
C E Brittain
J Doyle
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs



Cable Bay, runner-up in the Audi Richmond Stakes, will have some of the season’s best juvenile races on his agenda after his neck defeat by Saayerr in the six-furlong Group Two contest, his first run since early June.

“He had a bit of a problem after he won his maiden,” said trainer Charlie Hills of the son of Invincible Spirit. “It set him back a bit and I think he just got a bit tired today after he came to win his race. And I think maybe he didn’t handle the track as well as he might have.

“But there is definitely a nice race in him. He’s in the Gimcrack at York, which will suit him better. But today’s performance was good, and promising and exciting for next time.”

Third-placed Thunder Strike, who bounced back from a disappointing last place at Newbury, will be dropping back in trip. “I think six furlongs just stretches him,” said trainer Richard Hannon’s son Richard of the Sakhee’s Secret colt. “He’s in the Flying Childers over five at Doncaster, and the sales race there too.

“I can’t explain what happened last time; he had worked well two days before and I thought he was a shoo-in. But it’s good to see him back.”

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