Eternal Stakes only temporary at Haydock

Haydock hosts the Listed Eternal Stakes on Thursday (3.15). This 7f race for three-year-old fillies should take place at Carlisle. In fact, this is race’s fourth venue is seven years. It began at Warwick, where it was held until Flat racing ceased there. Newmarket staged it in 2014 before it went to Carlisle the next year. It’s at Haydock this time because Carlisle won’t reopen until September.

James Tate’s Under The Stars sets the standard in the 13-runer Eternal Stakes field. She finished sixth in the 1,000 Guineas last time out. She held every chance until fading in the last furlong. Boomer finished back in twelfth that day. Both fillies ran too free in the early stages and should be suited by the drop back in trip.

Appleby has two in Eternal Stakes

Charlie Appleby runs the unbeaten pair Althiqa and Spring Of Love. The former won on her debut at Thirsk in May last year and overcame a 13-month absence to land a four-runner 7f event at Newmarket by 2½ lengths. Spring Of Love won her only start, a 16-runner Newmarket fillies’ maiden last term, and comes into the ‘could be anything’ bracket. The runner-up that day ran second in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly Jovial has won her last three starts and bids to step up in grade following a class 4 all-weather handicap victory at Lingfield. Newbury maiden winner Wejdan has claims but has to overcome a layoff stretching back eight months.

Rockfel Stakes second Stylistique was all out to land the odds by a nose on her return at Newbury two weeks ago. Richard Hannon’s Separate had both Stylistique and Wejdan behind her when third in the Group 2 Oh So Sharp Stakes last year. She makes a quick return having finished tenth in the Sandringham Stakes last week.

While the other five Eternal Stakes runners make little appeal, any of those eight mentioned could win this. Stylistique gets the narrow vote, while Separate looks a big price and is the each-way choice.


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