Who wins the Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday? Watch vital galloping clues plus read Oliver Brett's verdict on each contender.
By Oliver Brett
The Rose of Lancaster Stakes, run over an extended ten furlongs at Haydock, has attracted what looks an above-average field for this year's renewal.
The field features prodigious winner Wissahickon and smart soft-ground performer Addeybb, alongside two talented three-year-olds in the shape of Pondus and Raise You in what looks a really interesting, trappy affair.
Here is a guide to all the contenders plus a verdict.
Trainer: John Gosden. General odds: 11-2.
Watch how Wissahickon landed the Cambridgeshire last year
A four-year-old son of Tapit who has unsurprisingly specialised on synthetics so far - and to good effect - even though he was turned over at 1-3 on All-Weather Finals Day in April.
His turf record is two from three, including a most impressive success in the Cambridgeshire at the back end of last season.
Given that both his turf wins were on good-to-firm ground, and the general profile of dirt specialists, he won't want any rain.
Trainer: William Haggas. General odds: 5-4.
Our experts analyse Addeybb's run in the Sky Bet York Stakes last time out
Lifted the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot this season on soft ground and will be hoping for plenty of showers on Merseyside.
Even if he does get the cut in the surface he craves, he will need to bounce back from a slight disappointment last time out when well beaten by Elarqam at York, suggesting the effect of first-time cheekpieces worn at Ascot might already have worn off.
3. LUNAR JET
Trainer: John Mackie. General odds: 50-1.
This one has only struck four times in 30 attempts under rules, and those successes have been in fairly moderate Class 3 and 4 handicaps.
He did not exactly outrun his odds when 13th of 16 in a valuable Glorious Goodwood handicap 11 days ago, though if that looked by far his most ambitious assignment so far, this certainly qualifies as an even tougher tilt at windmills. Good luck to all.
Trainer: Owen Burrows. General odds: 12-1.
This lightly raced four-year-old Frankel colt recorded three wins from four tries last year, all over one-mile trips, but is winless this season and has only gone beyond a mile once, when ninth in the 2018 Hampton Court Stakes.
However, is breeding would strongly suggest that this kind of trip may well unlock a bit of potential.
If so, he could be a very interesting contender in a race in which he doesn't have to find a huge amount on the ratings with the main protagonists.
Trainer: James Fanshawe. General odds: 11-2.
Given the fine record in this race of three-year-olds, who get a very handy weight-for-age allowance at this time of year, Pondus makes a fair bit of appeal, even if he is yet to win outside novice company.
His one-length second to the sharply progressive Fox Chairman in the Steventon Stakes suggests he has a future in Pattern company and this one should not be ignored.
6. RAISE YOU
Trainer: Andrew Balding. General odds: 5-1.
A bold bid for glory in the Prix du Jockey Club in early June came to nought, but this Lope de Vega colt could still be an extremely useful animal.
Oisin Murphy has been snapped up for the ride, and he will remember the feel the colt gave him when cruising to a six-length success at Newbury in April before David Probert took the helm for an equally taking Listed win at Newmarket five weeks later when he showed 10f may well be his ideal distance.
7. SURREY THUNDER
Trainer: Joseph Tuite. General odds: 16-1.
Beaten a nose in a Listed race at Saint-Cloud at the start of the season on very soft ground and has beaten by bigger margins on better ground on all three starts since.
His two-year-old form also suggests he is much happier on ground with plenty of cut in it so will certainly need plenty of rain at Haydock to be a contender. Even then, it would take a career best effort for him to really work his way into calculations.
OLIVER BRETT’S VERDICT
With three of the past four winners of this race being three-year-olds, it is tempting to make a case for the exciting and hugely unexposed Raise You who was stepping deep into Classic company at Chantilly when he may not have been ready for such a challenge.
He has had a 69-day break since but as long as he's fresh, rather than ring rusty, he could be the answer to the puzzle.
Addeybb and Wissahickon are classy enough to see off their other rivals and fill the places.
1. Raise You. 2. Addeybb. 3. Wissahickon.
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