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William Haggassccycbqawabbytbqtvbrceuqwvrfrzuf left Royal Ascot empty-handed for the fifth year in a row at 2017 but his horses ran some splendid races in defeat at the meeting, including Tasleet, runner-up in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Stepping up to Group One company for the first time, he was beaten a neck in the six-furlong showpiece – after which there was a 15-minute stewards’ enquiry because of a couple of bumps between the first three finishers – The Tin Man, Tasleet and Limato – in the final 100 yards.
“I am delighted with how the horse has run,” said Haggas of the four-year-old colt by Showcasing. “To run and win on soft ground last time, and to run like that on fast ground today, proves that I have been an idiot not running him over six furlongs until today! He’s a good horse.
Of the final furlong bumps, Haggas said: “I don’t know, it’s one of those things. Jim [Crowley] said there was a hell of a headwind and they were all over the place, but my mate’s [James Fanshawe] won the race, so I can swallow that!”
Tasleet, a useful two-year-old restricted to just two runs at three, had won the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes in May at York on his previous start.
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, said: “He’s run a huge, fantastic race. The horse has improved this year, he had very little racing last year, but he’s just improved and improved this season.
“He has a great attitude, he loves racing and he gave his all.
“We know he stays that little bit further, whether Sheikh Hamdan wants to go to the July Cup or the Maurice de Gheest, which is a great idea of William’s, we’ll see. And, as we know he can handle soft ground, hopefully we come back here in October for the QIPCO Champion Sprint Stakes, all being well.”
The July Cup turned out to be the favoured option but Tasleet did not fire and trailed home last of ten. Newmarket does not seem his favourite track, and he went some way to proving that when beating all bar Harry Angel in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.
On his final start of the year he was second again – this time splitting Librisa Breeze and Caravaggio in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day.
If there is any justice, he will win a big one in 2018.
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