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    Society Rock & Fallon

    Fine ride .....would have though Donn McClean had Society Rock on his tip list.

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    Great run from Hogan's horse too. They will get a day at ascot now. Sprinter beating one another all year..if Society rock could get out of the stalls Black Caviar bubble would be burst imo

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    Sefton
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    JAMES FANSHAWE thinks Society Rock can add more success this autumn after the five-year-old was back to Group One-winning form when landing Saturday’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

    Society Rock has been hinting at a return to the form which saw him land his first Group One in last season’s Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in several runs since.

    But having had problems at the start of a number of his races, he finally put it all together again to land Haydock’s feature under an astute ride from Kieren Fallon.

    The five-year-old travelled strongly under Fallon before taking up the lead with a furlong left of the six-furlong contest. Society Rock (10-1) held off the challenge of Irish raider Gordon Lord Byron (12-1) – ridden by ECHO racing columnist Richard Kingscote – by three-quarters of a length, with the well-backed 11-4 second favourite Bated Breath in third.

    Now with his starting problems seemingly behind him Fanshawe is hoping he can follow up his Haydock win in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot next month.

    Fanshawe said: “It’s been a real team effort, I just felt he was a very underrated horse.

    “We’ve been really working on him in the stalls since the July Cup and it’s paid off today.

    “I’m looking forward to the Qipco Champions Sprint at Ascot in October.

    “This is the second Group One he has won and he is a proper horse.

    “If we had got his stalls problem organised a bit earlier, I’m sure his record would have been even better.

    “I was very worried about the ground. We were thinking about pulling him out at one stage but I’m glad we didn’t. We’ve tried everything with him and Yarmy (Steve Dibble) has done a brilliant job and so has the lad who has been riding him.”

    Australian mare Ortensia, sent off the 5-2 favourite, could never get in a serious blow and it was later found out that the Nunthorpe Stakes winner sustained a cut above the sesamoid bone on her front leg when suffering an overreach.

    Runner-up Gordon Lord Byron is now favourite for the William Hill Gold Cup at Ayr on September 22, for which he would have to carry top weight of 9st12lb. But Irish trainer Tom Hogan is looking at every option for his fast-improving four-year-old.

    He said: “He’s grand. He arrived back home last night at about 3.15am and he ate up most of his feed and has been out for a pick of grass this morning. He’s as happy as could be.

    “He pulled off a shoe in the race and he lost another one going back to the stable yard. He must have got clipped at some stage in the race. He was never in front in the race and was closing on Society Rock as they got to the line.

    “We’ll see over the next few days. There are plenty of options for this horse now. There’s the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket and there are different races we can look at. He has entries in Ireland in the Concorde Stakes in Tipperary and we might look at a bit of foreign travel after that. He’s a proper horse and he’s a four-year-old still improving.”

    Another improver, the Richard Hannon-trained Havana Gold, is likely to go for the Racing Post Trophy after his win the Betfred “Still Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s” Stakes earlier on the card.

    The trainer’s son and assistant Richard Hannon jnr said: “He’s probably one of our best two-year-olds and we’ll go for something like the Racing Post Trophy. We’ve taken our time with him and I was pleased he went on the ground.”

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