A tilt at the Breedersâ Cup looms large for Emaraaty Ana after justifying Kevin Ryanâs confidence with victory in a pulsating renewal of the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.
It is three years since the son of Shamardal won the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at York â and by his trainerâs own admission, there have been a few bumps in the road since. But having snapped a long losing run at Hamilton in late July, Emaraaty Ana produced a career-best performance when runner-up to Winter Power in last monthâs Nunthorpe and he proved on Merseyside that that effort as a largely unconsidered 40-1 shot was no fluke.Talking Horses: Goodwood and York crowds offer hope for racing recovery Read more
Always travelling strongly in the hands of Andrea Atzeni â who was completing a treble on the card â the five-year-old moved to the lead with over a furlong still to run. Having looked to be going nowhere at one stage, the even-money favourite Starman found overdrive late on and almost joined Emaraaty Ana on the line, but the judge confirmed Ryanâs charge had held on by a short head.
âI thought he was beat,â the North Yorkshire-based trainer said. âWhen he went to the front I thought: âThis is a long way home.â The last furlong is always a long furlong!
âWe had huge faith in the horse. Heâs as good a horse as Iâve ever trained. His work at home is brilliant and all he wants to do is please you.â
While Emaraaty Ana has the option of returning to five furlongs for the Prix de lâAbbaye at ParisLongchamp in a monthâs time, he is most likely to head Stateside for the Breedersâ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar â a race Ryan won last season with the similarly rapid Glass Slippers. He said: âI think thereâs a fair chance heâs the right horse for America. He can travel and fast ground wouldnât worry him. Iâll have to speak to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, but I think heâs tailor-made for the Breedersâ Cup this year.âQuick Guide
2.30 Guinness Affair
3.05 He Is A Cracker
3.35 Kentford Mallard
2.20 Minella Trump
2.55 Bright Eyed Eagle
3.25 Yccs Portocervo
3.55 Orchestral Rain
4.30 Mullins Cross
2.10 Sophieâs Star
2.40 Cottam Lane (nb)
4.50 Moktasaab (nap)
5.20 Emaraty HeroWas this helpful? Thank you for your feedback.
Chalk Stream continued his progression with a convincing victory to complete his hat-trick for the Queen in the Lavazza Handicap at Ascot. The three-year-old gelding had been on an upward curve with wins at York and Ripon, and he stepped up again with a career-best performance.
Cieren Fallon had the William Haggas-trained son of Sea The Stars wide for a while in the early stages, as Auriferous and State Of Bliss cut out the pace. Chalk Stream (13â2) then crossed over and slotted in nicely behind the lead, before a storming run put the race to bed in a matter of strides.