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Harris all the way

Sat, 21 April 2012

William Haggas is dreaming of Melbourne Cup glory after Harris Tweed made off with the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury.

The tough stayer is a hard one to pass when in front and under Liam Jones, the 6-4 favourite thwarted a dangerous-looking challenge from Allied Powers and went on to collect the race better known as the John Porter by five lengths.

The trainer is in cracking form, having won two maidens at the track on Friday, one of them with Harris Tweed's half-sister Vow, who is likely to continue on the path to the Investec Oaks in next month's Musidora Stakes.

Haggas said: "He thoroughly deserved that - he drew a blank last year and it's hard to believe that's his first Group win.

"To qualify for the Melbourne Cup you need to win a Group race over a mile and a half, and now we need to be sure he stays two miles.

"I'm going to try to draw a plan to have a crack at the Melbourne Cup. He is in the Yorkshire Cup and he might run if it's soft."