Muffri'Ha set to return for Sun Chariot after tasting Rosemary success at Newmarket

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Watch a full replay of Muffri'Ha's success in the Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket on Friday and Tom Stanley's interview with winning jockey Pat Cosgrave.

Muffri'Ha opened her account for the campaign with an authoritative success in the Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket.

The William Haggas-trained mare won twice on the Rowley Mile last season, including a Group Three triumph in the Darley Stakes last October.

She made a fine start to 2017, notably going close at Group One level in Dubai, but this was her first competitive appearance since finishing fourth in the Dahlia Stakes here back in May.

The 5-1 shot played up before the race, but was as good as gold during it, travelling strongly and picking up well once meeting the rising ground to score by a length under Pat Cosgrave.

Permission finished strongly to deny Tisbutadream the runner-up spot but Amabilis, the 4-1 favourite, was disappointing.

"She's a funny thing, she's different at different meetings. You just have to let her do her own thing and eventually she comes round to your way of thinking," said the winning rider. "She's a bit of a diva but a talented one.

"I was a bit slowly away, she hasn't run for a while and was a bit fresh.

"I was a bit worried she wouldn't finish off her race but she was just too good in the end.

"I think William is looking at next week and the Sun Chariot, it may come too soon but we'll see."

Haggas said: "That's her, she's quirky. I'd like to give huge thanks to Michael Tebbutt (former jockey), who rides her every day, he's been brilliant with her, he's put so much time and effort in, it's all down to him and no one else.

"As much as I'd like to say it was down to me, he has done everything.

"She had a tremendous time of it this time last year and ran three Saturdays running, getting better and better.

"We've brought her here for gallops a couple of times and this was her third time here, she'll now come here for the Sun Chariot.

"She was flat in the Dahlia, she had a long autumn and went to Dubai so we had to give her a rest at some time. Fortunately she's come back and hopefully she'll have a good autumn again and then be retired."

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