Rosemary: Beshaayir strikes at third attempt in Listed company

Fri 28 Sep 2018

Watch the closing stages of the Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes won by Beshaayir at Newmarket on Friday and read our report below.

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By staff

Beshaayir gained her most valuable victory to date as she charged home in the Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

After coming up short on her two previous attempts in Listed company, the daughter of Iffraaj came good at the third time of asking when landing win number three of the campaign.

The 8-1 shot picked up well late on under Oisin Murphy to move past early leader Laugh Aloud inside the final furlong before defeating Queen Of Time by two lengths to give trainer William Haggas back-to-back wins in the race.

It was Oisin Murphy's 100th winner in the Stobart Jockeys' Championship.

Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant trainer, said: “Last time at Ascot she hit her head in the stalls and she was probably seeing stars all the way up the track.

Oisin Murphy - Beshaayir - Newmarket - FocusInRacing

"She is fine at home. The girl that rides her all year has done a really good job. She has been a bit silly the last few times at the races, stamping about, but I think that is just the way she is.

"The fast pace suited her. She settled well and she finished well. We are really pleased to win a Listed race with her, because it has just not gone her way before.

"She hit her head on the stalls at Ascot last time and was probably staring at stars for much of that race but she's in great form now and it might be that she can build on this. At this time of the year fillies can improve.

"William will speak to Sheikh Rashid and discuss plans, I don't know if they plan on keeping her in training next year."

Jockey Harry Bentley feels Queen Of Time appears to have regained her confidence after the Henry Candy-trained Harbour Watch filly stayed on in fine style.

“It was a bounce-back performance," he said.

"She had a very unfortunate piece of interference earlier in the season at Goodwood and that may have knocked her confidence a bit, but she has come back today to run a very good race. She ran all the way to the line and she got that all-important Black Type. She felt really good.

“I wanted to be more positive than I was. I would have been happier to have been out in front, but the horses either side of me jumped across and squeezed me up a bit early on. I had to accept it and ride a race from there, but she has run a good race.

“She could get a bit further but she is quite effective over this trip. She looked a certainty to win a Listed race earlier in the season, but the form took a bit of a dip and that bit of interference at Goodwood, where she clipped heels, might have just frightened her and knocked her confidence. She is in great form now and she should come on again for this.”

Laugh Aloud set decent fractions in front, but this proved a race that suited those coming from off the pace.

Her jockey, Silvestre de Sousa, said: “She ran well and she got some Black Type, which is important. She stayed on really nicely and the winner got first run. They went a decent gallop.”

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