Unbeaten Lah Ti Dar out to show Group 1 potential
Lah Ti Dar, unbeaten in two starts for John Gosden and Lord Lloyd-Webber, was forced to miss the Oaks but, judged on the number of Group 1 entries she holds this autumn, it won’t be long before this exciting filly is plying her trade in the highest company.
The daughter of Dubawi is engaged in the William Hill St Leger, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, but must first pass a Listed-race test on the Knavesmire in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.15).
After impressively landing her maiden by six lengths on good to soft going at Newbury in April, Lah Ti Dar consolidated her claims for the Epsom Classic with a fluent success in Newmarket’s Listed Pretty Polly Stakes on good to firm the following month.
Gosden said: “She got sick before the Oaks and then wasn’t right in time for the Ribblesdale, but is back in business now and has pleased at home.
“Ideally we would have preferred it if the ground was good to soft rather than good to firm.”
For those of a certain age, Luca Cumani is synonymous with the Galtres, having landed it six times in succession between 1990-1995 and then added to his tally in 1997 and 1999.
Even though he hasn’t struck since in the race he could justifiably once call his own, Cumani’s Galtres runners must always be respected, and that is most certainly the case with Alwaysandforever, the mount of Ryan Moore.
The four-year-old has improved this year, and appeared to put up a career-best performance last time out in first-time cheekpieces which, not surprisingly, are retained.
William Haggas, who is double-handed in the Galtres with What A Home and Snow Wind saddles three in the £85,000 Clipper Logistics Handicap (3.00) – always one of the major betting races at the four-day fixture – including leading fancy Seniority.
Ryan Moore produced the Queen’s Seniority with a majestic, irresistible late charge to land Goodwood’s valuable Golden Mile at the beginning of this month, and a 6lb rise might not be enough to stop the pair following up if allowed to take their chance.
Haggas said of his three: “Seniority has a little bit of a foot issue so didn't go up with the others. It's very minor and he was sound when he went out with the third lot, so if it continues to go the right way he'll go up in the morning. There is that bit of doubt, though.”
He added: “Original Choice probably wants slower ground, but he'll give it his best shot anyway.
"Mubtasim has been a little disappointing but he's well capable and conditions will be in his favour. It's his first time at a mile, but he ran at Ascot as if he would relish it.”
Brian Ellison’s in-form stable is represented by Baraweez, who finished fourth in the race 12 months ago off a 1lb lower mark.
The trainer said: “He ran twice at Galway and both times had a bad draw, but he still ran well. He’s in good form with himself, but still has to prove he handles York. I think he does, but they don’t always go quick enough – he needs a fast gallop.”
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