Trainer William Haggas believes Nahaarr can win the renewal of the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on Saturday despite an unfavourable draw.
The son of Dark Angel enjoyed a rapid rise up the sprinting ladder after winning on his first four starts as a three-year-old last season before rounding off the year by finishing third at Newmarket last August.
Following a 10-month absence, the four-year-old endured an underwhelming return to action, but a third-place finish in the Silver Wokingham at Royal Ascot was a move in the right direction and he was in fine form when winning at Newbury less than two weeks ago.
A tilt at the highly competitive Stewards' Cup is now on the cards for Nahaarr and Haggas is confident the Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum-owned colt will be in the mix on Saturday, although he concedes being drawn in stall 19 will not do him any favours.
"He definitely has a chance," Haggas was quoted as saying by Racing TV. "I think fast ground will suit him, and he's a progressive horse. He's gone up a lot for winning at Newbury (7lb) – but hopefully he is improving, and a lot of horses in the race are running off high marks.
"I was late out of the hat, so I didn't have much choice with the draw (stall 19). I would have liked to have gone lower, but we didn't have a lot of choice."
Haggas will be looking to make it a hat-trick of victories in the Stewards' Cup on Saturday, having previously tasted success with Rex Imperator seven years ago and Conquest in 2008.
Article Posted on Saturday 1st August 2020 @ 11.20
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