Channon mulling options ahead of Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes

haydockThe £63,000 Group Three Betfred Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2.55pm), the most valuable race run in Britain on Saturday, August 9, is the highlight of an excellent seven-race card at Haydock Park.

 A total of 17 entries have been received for the extended 10-furlong contest, which is being run under the Betfred banner for the fourth year in succession. Betfred generously sponsors the entire card at Haydock Park on August 9.

 Group One Investec Derby fourth Arod heads the entries. The Peter Chapple-Hyam trained colt was last seen out when dispatching Spark Plug (Brian Meehan) by nine lengths in a 10-furlong conditions race at Leicester on July 17.

 Sir Michael Stoute has entered Hillstar, who could drop back in trip after coming home second in a pair of 12-furlong Group Two contests, Royal Ascot’s Hardwicke Stakes to stable companion Telescope and most recently Newmarket’s Princess Of Wales’s Strakes behind neck winner Cavalryman. Both Telescope, second in the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Cavalryman, winner of the Group Two Goodwood Cup, have boosted the form since. The Newmarket trainer has the joint best record in the Betfred Rose Of Lancaster, thanks to success with Class Is Class (2011), Notable Guest (2005), and Greek Dance (1999).

 Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and owner Godolphin could bid for a second victory in three years with Coral-Eclipse fifth True Story, following on from Hunter’s Light in 2012. Bin Suroor, who has also entered Tha’ir, in addition saddled Tamayaz to win in 1996 for Godolphin.

 Amralah has been entered following a tenacious short-head victory overVancouverite (Charlie Appleby & Godolphin) in the 10-furlong Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury on July 19.

 The improving four-year-old is trained by Mick Channon, who said: “I’ve got to speak to the owner yet but Amralah is a possible. He is also entered for a race in France (Group Three Prix Gontaut-Biron) a week on Saturday and I don’t know which way the owner wants to go.

 “Amralah has come out of Newbury well and is in great form. He is ready to rock and roll, that’s for sure.

“We always knew he was a decent horse and he has just started to improve. He is certainly going the right way.

 “I think 10 furlongs on nice ground is spot on for him at the moment but I have no doubts he will get a mile and a half later on.”

 Jeremy Noseda has entered Grandeur, who captured a pair of Grade Twos in the USA in November, 2012, but has been out of luck at Belmont Park in his last three starts. After finishing third in the Grade One Man O’War Stakes in May, he was never placed to challenge when fourth in the Grade One Manhattan Stakes in June and was last seen when second in the Grade Two Bowling Green Stakes on July 12, beaten a head.

 Other notable entries are the John Gosden-trained pair of Gatewood and Nabucco, plus last year’s Betfred Cambridgeshire hero Educate (Ismail Mohammed).

 Haydock Park’s Saturday programme also features the £47,000 Listed Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes (3.25pm) over a mile. A bumper, 23-strong entry includes Amazing Maria (Ed Dunlop) and Kiyoshi (Charlie Hills), who showed a high level of form as juveniles, as well as QIPCO 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder (Olly Stevens) and impressive Newmarket scorer Evita Peron (Ralph Beckett).

 There are two valuable handicaps as well, the £45,000 Betfred Goals Galore Handicap (2.20pm – 27 entries) over the extended 10 furlongs, and the £50,000 Betfred ‘Goals Galore Extra’ Levy Board Handicap (5.05pm – 27 entries) over just short of 12 furlongs.

The action gets underway at 1.50pm and concludes at 5.05pm. The going at Haydock Park is currently good.

 There will also be entertainment off the track, with a live performance from Sir Tom Jones, which will start approximately 15 to 20 minutes after the last race. The singer is back by popular demand following an appearance at the racecourse in 2011 when 12,500 fans attended.