The Rose of Lancaster Stakes (3.45pm Saturday 6th August) has held Group-3 Race since 1989, and is run over a distance just short of 10½ furlongs at Haydock.
The Betfred sponsored race has been won by four 3-year-olds, three 4-year-olds, and three 5-year-olds in the last decade, though only one 3-year-old has won in the last 6 years.
Michael Stoute has trained the winner three times, and Mark Johnston twice, though no trainer or jockey has won the race more than once in the last decade.
There are 7 runners set to go to post for the 2016 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.
Michael Stoute’s lightly-raced 6-year-old bids to become the oldest winner of the race, and is rated just 1lb below the joint top-rated horses. However, he arguably put the best form in the book when a head second to the classy Western Hymn on his final start. This is his seasonal debut though, but connections may well have been waiting for the better ground for him.
Excuse the pun, but you’ll want shooting if you back this 77-rated horse to win this.
Won a Listed Race in 2015, but had fell short at that level this year, before winning a handicap of 102 at Glorious Goodwood. Also finished last of 7 on his latest venture into Group-3 company.
Joint top-rated horse in the field, and has won a listed race earlier this year, as well as putting together some useful performances at Group-level, The biggest concern is his stamina, as he usually races at a mile, and didn’t seem to get home over 10-furlongs the last time he ran over this trip, even at a fast course like Chester.
Joint top-rated horse, and has won two listed races in his last 3 starts. He also finished just 1½ lengths behind Highland Reel in a Group-3 at Goodwood last year, but a line through Western Hymn does give Arab Spring the beating of him.
Interesting that this Group-2 winner won his first two starts at Haydock, and his second in the Craven, and third in the Dante give him an obvious chance. However, that form hasn’t been dramatically boosted since and, though he faces lower-class opposition here, he finished last in the French Derby on his latest start.
Won his only start at two, and his fifth-placed finish behind Hawksbill last time looks a better effort now. Still has a stone to find with the principals, but not impossible he’ll find the necessary improvement after just 3 runs.
Rose Of Lancaster Stakes Summary
An interesting clash of the generations, with a form-line through Western Hymn making Arab Spring an interesting contender for Michael Stoute, who has won the race 3 times before. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Western Hymn is trained by John Gosden who saddles both three-year-old contenders – however Arab Spring is just preferred.