Foret plan for One Master
All roads lead back to Paris for a Prix de la Foret hat-trick bid for One Master after victory in the Group 3 Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes on day four at Glorious Goodwood.
The William Haggas-trained star mare showed a tremendous turn of foot to defeat Valeria Messalina by a short-head under Tom Marquand. The trainer and jockey team up in the Stewards' Cup with Nahaar on Saturday.
One Master was short of room repeatedly from over two furlongs out but quickened markedly when in the clear late to pounce near the line.
The Newmarket trainer had concerns over the drying ground before the race but was delighted with the manner in which One Master won, and nominated the City of York Stakes as a likely next target before heading back to France.
Haggas said: "One Master has a great turn of foot but the ground is way too firm for her and I nearly didn't run her.
"There is a lovely strip of ground from the seven-furlong to the three-furlong marker and she was drawn on it, so I thought it'd suit her. The City of York will be next and then the Foret - she wants seven furlongs and soft ground."
One Master is a six-time winner from 19 starts for owner breeders Lael Stables and has been partnered to Prix de la Foret success by Pierre-Charles Boudot in the last two years.
She was a surprise winner of the Group 1 in 2018 when defeating Inns Of Court by a short-head, then struck by half a length when denying City Light last year.
Meanwhile, stablemate Nahaar is 4.00 to win the Stewards' Cup on Saturday.
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