Amralah made every yard for success in the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock
Last Updated: 09/08/14 3:40pm
Joe Fanning shone in the saddle as Amralah made every yard for success in the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.
A 16-1 short-head winner at Newbury last month from the reopposing Vancouverite, the Mick Channon-trained winner was again overlooked by punters in going off at 14-1 in this Group Three test.
Fanning, who is riding at the top of his game, soon opened up a handy advantage on the Teofilo colt, as Educate, True Story and Nabucco followed a few lengths behind.
One-time Derby hope True Story began to come under pressure in the straight before eventually staying on again for third, as Amralah saw off the challenge of Hillstar - finishing second for the fourth race in a row - for a relatively cosy length-and-a-quarter success.
Channon did not get to see his charge win as he was stuck in traffic on the M6, but he was pleased to strike nevertheless.
He said: "We have always thought he was a good horse and he's obviously improving. Joe has ridden for me a bit in the past and he's always been great on front runners.
"He's in the Irish Champion Stakes and the sky's the limit."
Fanning said: "He was pretty straightforward. We were allowed to bowl along in front and he's galloped all the way to the line.
"We went a nice early pace and even though he hung to his right a bit, it didn't stop him. I wouldn't think a mile and a half is beyond him and you could ride him any way as long as there's a decent pace.
"Things are going very well for me at the moment. Mark's (Johnston, Fanning's main employer) horses are in great form and I'm getting plenty of outside rides."