Bet365 Lancashire Oaks
Group 2, Haydock Park
£93,000 added,
Fillies 3yo plus,
1m 3f 200y, Class 1  
Saturday 4th July 2015


1 Lady Tiana 7/2
2 Lustrous 20/1
3 Miss Marjurie 3/1F
NR: Arabian Comet (IRE)
10 ran Distances: ¾l, nk, 1½l
TIME 2m 33.11s (slow by 7.61s)

Cool as ice ride from Graham Lee to take the Lancashire Oaks on Lady Tiana

Lady Tiana
© Racehorse Photos
Lady Tiana

Lady Tiana was launched with a perfectly-timed challenge to claim top honours in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

Lucy Wadham's filly was a 9-2 shot for the Group Two feature on Merseyside, having finished third behind the reopposing Miss Marjurie (3-1 favourite) in the Pinnacle Stakes over the course and distance in late May.

Lee settled Lady Tiana in midfield for much of the mile-and-a-half journey, as Momentous set a sound gallop out in front.

As she began to weaken early in the straight, Irish challenger Ballybacka Queen and Queen Of Ice went to the front, but they were soon passed by Jordan Princess and Miss Marjurie.

The latter looked like obliging for favourite-backers when battling her way into an outright lead but as the post loomed, Lady Tiana swept by for an ultimately authoritative success.

Lustrous finished strongly to grab the runner-up spot, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Miss Marjurie a neck away in third.

Lee, who won last year's Lancashire Oaks aboard Pomology, said: "When she got beat the last day, that's how she needs to be ridden. I know she got beat, but that's how she has to be ridden and if it happens it happens.

"She's a sweet little filly who tries her heart out. She's game as a pebble and you can't ask for any more than that."

Wadham said: "She has to be ridden like that and Graham was so brave. I thought what happened last time here was going to happen again, but they got the gaps and she flew.

"She has a terrific turn of foot but you have to wait until the last minute and he timed it to perfection.

"She is a really game filly. We'll probably give her a little holiday now and look at coming back for the Group One for fillies and mares at Ascot (on Champions Day) in October, with maybe one run before.

"She doesn't act on fast ground. We were so lucky it rained on Thursday or she wouldn't have run."

Trainers Quotes

Bet365 Lancashire Oaks
£93,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 200y, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (4) Lady Tiana 7/2 G Lee
Mrs L Wadham 4
2nd (5) ¾ Lustrous 20/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 4
3rd (3) nk Miss Marjurie (IRE) 3/1f S W Kelly
D J Coakley 5
4th (10) Jordan Princess 9/2 A Kirby
L M Cumani 4
5th (9) Dark Crusader (IRE) 20/1 F M Berry
A J Martin 5
6th (6) Amaze Me 28/1 J F Egan
N P Littmoden 3
7th (8) 1 Ballybacka Queen (IRE) 10/1 S De Sousa
P A Fahy 4
8th (1) 1 Criteria (IRE) 13/2 J Fanning
J H M Gosden 4
9th (11) ¾ Momentus (IRE) 20/1 D Sweeney
D M Simcock 4
10th (7) 10 Queen Of Ice 7/1 P Cosgrave
W J Haggas 4
NR (2) Arabian Comet (IRE) 5/1 Non Runner
W J Haggas 4

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