John Gosden: trainer of Royal Artillery
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 3:45PM 6 AUG 2016
Report: Haydock, Saturday
Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) 1m2½f, 3yo+
ROYAL ARTILLERY got the better of a protracted duel with favourite Scottish to spring a minor surprise in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes.
The son of War Front was an extremely impressive winner of his only start as a juvenile and was considered by some to be a contender for Classic honours. He had failed to make an impression on his first two outings as a three-year-old but showed markedly improved form to justify his initial lofty reputation and win by a length and a quarter at 10-1.
Arab Spring, making his first start since May last year, finished strongly to finish third.
Royal Artillery, who is trained by John Gosden and owned by Coolmore trio John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, was ridden by Colm O’Donoghue.
“He’s a big, scopey horse who will get better with time,” O’Donoghue said. “He’s come back from a break after Ascot and stepped up to another level.”
How the race was won
Strong favourite Scottish was sent straight into the lead, just as he had been when running out an impressive winner of the Steventon Stakes at Newbury last time.
Royal Artillery, who was never far off the pace, threw down a determined challenge inside the final couple of furlongs and got the better of a good battle, asserting close home despite hanging slightly and leaning on his rival.