William Haggas hoping Tasleet can adapt to Chelmsford surface

William Haggas is “grateful” the British Horseracing Authority stepped in to save the Betfred World Snooker Starts Today Greenham Stakes, allowing him to run Tasleet in the rearranged Classic trial at Chelmsford today.

A smart juvenile, he was last seen when beaten just a nose in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes by Jim Bolger’s Sanus Per Aquam.

He had earlier won a big sales race at York and he holds an entry in the Irish Guineas.

The meeting was due to be run at Newbury but with the Berkshire course waterlogged, it was moved in its entirety to Chelmsford.

“He is a nice horse and has been working well,” said Haggas.

“I am pretty sure he will get the trip and think he’ll handle the all-weather, I hope so anyway.

“I’m grateful we’re able to run these horses.”

Marco Bottti feels the surface will not affect his runner, the Coolmore-owned Knife Edge, either.

“He ran on the all-weather at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and I thought he ran a good race,” said Botti.

“We are dropping back to seven furlongs, but the surface should not be a problem and I hope he’ll run a good race.

“There are not many options for three-year-olds at this time of the year, especially with his rating of 100. We’ll let him take his chance and see what he can do.”

The only other runners are the Richard Hannon-trained duo of Log Out Island and Palawan.

Meanwhile, the Haggas-trained potential Classic contender Besharah makes her seasonal reappearance in the Betfred TV Fred Darling Stakes.

Besharah, who landed the Princess Margaret and the Lowther Stakes last summer before finishing a close third in the Cheveley Park, is out to prove she can stay seven furlongs with a view to tackling a mile for the first time in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1.

Haggas said: “She hasn’t run on the all-weather before, but it’s better to do that than run on heavy ground and it’s definitely better than it being abandoned.

“She is very well and while there is a question mark about the trip, she’s got a better chance of getting it on the all-weather.”


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