Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes
Group 3, Haydock Park 15:35
£63,000 added,
4yo plus,
7f 37y, Class 1   
Saturday 8th June 2019

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1 Safe Voyage 5/4F
2 Suedois 15/2
3 Snazzy Jazzy 11/1
9 ran NR: Larchmont Lad, Sir Dancealot, Tip Two Win
Distances: 1¾l, 2¾l, nk Time: 1m 36.23s (slow by 10.23s)

Safe Voyage comes home in the John of Gaunt!

The John Quinn-trained Safe Voyage had been successful on each of his three previous visits to the Merseyside venue, including victories in a valuable handicap and a Listed contest this spring.

The gelded son of Fast Company delighted his supporters with an ultimately decisive display in the hands of Jason Hart.

With his market rival Mankib completely blowing his chance after rearing up when the stalls opened, Safe Voyage travelled smoothly in third for much of the seven-furlong contest before moving to the front still full of running halfway up the home straight.

The consistent Suedois went in pursuit inside the final furlong, but Safe Voyage found plenty for pressure in the heavy ground, and there was a length and three-quarters between them at the line.

Snazzy Jazzy was best of the rest in third.

Quinn – completing a big-race double, having earlier landed the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley with Liberty Beach – said: “You don’t have days like this very often, it’s just the job.

“He’s a nice horse, this. We thought he was the real deal as a two-year-old, but he fractured his pelvis when he made his debut at Pontefract.

“That was a shame, but anyway he’s making up for lost time and he’s improved again.

“He’s better with a cut in the ground, but he doesn’t need it this soft. The great thing is he goes through it when so many don’t.

“The Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and the Foret in France are the two races that spring to mind, now he’s won a Group Three.”


Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3)
£63,000 added, 4yo plus, 7f 37y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Safe Voyage (IRE) 5/4f Jason Hart
J J Quinn 6
2nd (4) Suedois (FR) 15/2 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 8
3rd (8) Snazzy Jazzy (IRE) 11/1 Hector Crouch
C G Cox 4
4th (2) nk Shepherd Market (IRE) 33/1 P Hanagan
C G Cox 4
5th (12) s.h Mitchum Swagger 10/1 Harry Bentley
R M Beckett 7
6th (9) Keyser Soze (IRE) 25/1 G Lee
Richard Spencer 5
7th (10) Breton Rock (IRE) 14/1 J P Spencer
D M Simcock 9
8th (1) 1 Burnt Sugar (IRE) 20/1 Ben Curtis
Roger Fell 7
9th (11) 99 Mankib 3/1 Jim Crowley
W J Haggas 5
NR (6) Larchmont Lad (IRE) David Egan
J Tuite 5
NR (7) Sir Dancealot (IRE) G Mosse
D R C Elsworth 5
NR (5) Tip Two Win David Probert
R A Teal 4