Racehorse Lotto Henry II Stakes
Group 3, Sandown 19:12
 £80,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 50y, Class 1   
Thursday 25th May 2023

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1 Roberto Escobarr 7/5F
2 Nate The Great 9/2
3 Sleeping Lion 10/1
5 ran Distances: nk, 3½l, 7½l
Time: 3m 38.67s (slow by 6.37s)

The William Haggas-trained Roberto Escobarr gained his first success since June 2021 when making all the running to win determinedly.

The son of Galileo is now six but in his younger days looked destined to be winning races like this Group Two event when taking a Listed contest at York on just his fifth ever outing.

He only made it to the track once in 2022 and was returning from 399 days off when third at Wolverhampton in March.

Fitter for that, he was sent off the 7-5 favourite and Richard Kingscote sent him into an early lead and was never headed.

Nate The Great pestered him all the way to the line, but the winner was always holding him and prevailed by a neck.

Richard Knight, representing owner Hussain Alabbas Lootah, said: “In fairness to him, he was off a lot of last year and we brought him back and hoped he would qualify for the All-Weather Finals day. He was just a little bit rusty in the qualifier and finished third.

Trainers Quotes

“We have just been waiting for this quicker ground. He wants this good, good to firm ground and he is slightly unexposed over two miles.

“It is lovely for him to win his Group race and his brother Pablo Escobar also won his Group race.

“He is as genuine as anything and Richard said he was always comfortable in front and he stuck his head down and fought to the line.

“We haven’t discussed any further than today. We are slightly ground dependent. We just don’t want to run on soft ground.”

Henry II Stakes (Group 3)
 £80,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 50y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (5)     Roberto Escobarr 6 9-4 William Haggas Richard Kingscote 7/5F
2 (1)
nk Nate The Great 7 9-4 Andrew Balding William Buick 9/2
3 (3)
Sleeping Lion 8 9-4 Harry & Roger Charlton Ryan Moore 10/1
4 (2)
Princess Anne b 18 5 9-1 Hiroo Shimizu Jules Mobian 50/1
5 (4)
5 Enemy 6 9-4 Ian Williams Frankie Dettori 6/4