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  • 14:55 32Red All-Weather 3 Year Old Championships Conditions Stakes 7f 1y

  • (BOBIS Race) £150,000 added 3yo 14 ran
  • Winner £93,375 2nd £27,960 3rd £13,980 4th £6,990
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 1m 23.19s
  • Off time: 14:58:04

Ertijaal impresses at Lingfield in the 3 Year Old Championships

Last Updated: 18/04/14 3:59pm

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Ertijaal (blue and white silks) comes out on top

Ertijaal (blue and white silks) comes out on top

Ertijaal was an impressive winner of the 32Red All-Weather 3 Year Old Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

The subject of plenty of market confidence throughout the morning, the son of Oasis Dream was eventually sent off at 4/5 as they went to post and connections were taking no chances at the start by sending a member of stable staff to the stalls and requesting as late a load as possible.

Despite slightly missing the kick, the colt managed to quickly recover his pitch and having sat off a very aggressive early pace, Paul Hanagan threaded a path through with a furlong to go and kept on readily to the line some three-quarters-of-a-length to good of Passing Star.

Hanagan said of the winner: "He missed the start and I had to kick to hold my position. I always thought he might be better over a mile and he's something to look forward to."

Maureen Haggas, representing husband William, added: "He's always had an issue with the stalls and he wasn't good again today but once he's got out and he's settled well and in a rough race he's held his position well".

"It's fantastic to see the crowds and anything that brings money into racing is a good thing."

Richard Hills, owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's assistant racing manager said: "He had to do it the hard way on the outside last time and had to do it the hard way on the inside this time."

Asked if he would run in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, he said: "I hope so, I'll talk to Sheikh Hamdan and see how he comes out of it."

The gates had to be closed just after the third race, with a modern-day record crowd of just under 9,000.

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