Haggas eyes Lockinge for Sentaril
Last Updated: 10/04/13 8:06pm
Haggas: Trains Sentaril
William Haggas is aiming his well-bred filly Sentaril towards the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 18.
So impressive when starting off her career at this time last year, the daughter of Superstar Leo looked unlucky when flashing home for second in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot but could not resume winning ways until a Listed race at Lingfield last November.
"She showed a lot of speed when she won at Newbury by eight lengths and we probably messed up in the Jersey as we rode her to get the trip and she came home well," Haggas said.
"I should never have dropped her back to six furlongs at York as she got outpaced.
"We're trying to get her to go over a mile. She's stronger this spring and we've put her in the Lockinge. I think she'll have a run first at Leicester at the end of the month, or over seven furlongs at Lingfield. That's a bit close to Newbury, though."
Among the other useful older horses are Vow, who went rather backwards after finishing fourth in the Oaks.
"She's in the Middleton at York, but I don't think she's ready. The Lancashire Oaks is in her plans," Haggas said.
The progressive Stencive will tackle a valuable mile handicap on 1000 Guineas day while a potentially smart sprinter Heeraat could appear at Newbury next Friday.
Haggas has a strong hand in the staying department through Harris Tweed and Guarantee, who took the Melrose but was disappointing in the St Leger.
"Harris Tweed won't be ready for the John Porter at Newbury. I don't know where we'll go, but he's such a nice horse," he said.
"Guarantee likes cut in the ground. He might go for the John Porter."