God Given Handed Lancashire Oaks Aim After Battling Victory In Pinnacle Stakes At Haydock On Itv Racing


GOD Given booked her ticket to the Lancashire Oaks after a hard fought victory in the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock.

The half-sister to King George winner, Postponed, notched up her second Group 3 win despite never looking at home on the fast surface.

PA:Press Association God Given (right) now has lofty targets for trainer Luca Cumani

The filly was already a valuable horse with her pedigree but a second Group 3 victory will only add to this.

Trainer Luca Cumani told ITV Racing: “This race was a prep race for the Lancashire Oaks, so she will go for that race now in three weeks.

“It would be nice to think she could be like her brother and go all the way to Group Ones, she’s tough and she doesn’t give up.

“The race wasn’t really run to suit her and in a stronger-run race she would be better than this.

PA:Press Association Muthmir (right) out battles old foe Alpha Delphini (left)

Muthmir lapped up the drop in class as the eight-year-old edged past Alpha Delphini to land the Listed Betway Achilles Stakes.

The 11-4 favourite travelled ominously behind the pacemakers and was pulled put expertly by Jim Crowley to pick up the pieces in the final furlong.

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Dutch Connection was a disappointing 6-4 favourite as D’Bai gave Derby winning duo Charlie Appleby and William Buick further big race success.

The four-year-old looked classy when winning in Meydan over the winter in a quick time and will no doubt have Appleby eyeing up bigger prizes at home and abroad.

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