Alenquer Given Winter Derby Target As Season Opener


William Haggas' leading four year old Alenquer is back for another season on the flat this upcoming term and is set to start off in the Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The four year old has been seen seven times to date, winning at Newbury in a good maiden on soft as a juvenile and then finished second at Haydock behind Fancy Man on his final start last term.

Last season he was seen five times and bounced back to winning ways in a big way when taking the Group Three Classic Trial at Sandown

That saw him beat Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth winner Adayar in good fashion and also was ahead of some other nice horses like Yibir and Lone Eagle who have since gone onto win.

Alenquer franked the form aswell next time out when taking the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes over 1m4f at Royal Ascot, with the heavy ground playing to his strengths.

The colt was last seen on very soft ground again last time out in France when third behind the smart Hurricane Lane in the Grand Prix De Paris.

He was then dropped in trip for the Juddmonte International and finished best of the rest behind Mishriff to grab a nice second.

The colt is highly consistent and has proved his worth at the top level but found the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe too much on his final start.

Looking to get back on track the Winter Derby has been allocated as his season opener with the Dubai Sheema Classic next up, before a campaign in the summer England.

"We’re aiming Alenquer at the Winter Derby,” the Newmarket handler confirmed.

“He’s a nice horse. He ran in the Arc, which he probably shouldn’t have done, but he still ran a good race and he’s a pretty useful horse.

“He won’t run before the Winter Derby. He’ll run in the Winter Derby and will hopefully go on to run in Dubai in the Sheema Classic.”

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing