William Haggas has high hopes for Seagull Star
William Haggas has earmarked the ebm-papst Feilden Stakes at Newmarket in April for his exciting prospect Seagull Star.
Last Updated: 21/03/14 2:11pm
The Tony Bloom-owned colt won a Newmarket maiden in October on his only start at two, with subsequent Racing Post Trophy runner-up Johann Strauss back in fourth.
Being by Sea The Stars out of Group One-placed mare Dash To The Top he had a good start to life and continues to please Haggas at home, although not a "morning glory", according to the Newmarket handler, whose charge is a best-priced 50/1 for the Investec Derby.
"He'll go for the Feilden Stakes, I think," said Haggas. "He has the entries in the sales races and one of those is a possibility, but I think the Feilden will suit.
"It was a surprise to see him win on his debut because while I was happy with what he was doing at home, he certainly isn't a morning glory.
"I think he's quite decent, I'm very pleased with him at present and while he's not one to burn up the gallops, I think he's a nice horse."
Last year's Feilden was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Intello, who went on to land Classic glory in the French Derby and finished third to Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.