Newmarket trainer Haggas takes the honours on another wet night in Surrey

Peter Moore at Sandown Park

On yet another wet evening in Surrey, Newmarket  trainer William Haggas took the honours with a double through Alhambra Palace and Eastern Charm.

The opening race on the card was a mile apprentice handicap with the seven runners going to post in soft going.

The Rod Millman trained Crystal Casque prevailed at 9-2 under a fine ride from Oliver Searle. The horse was in the rear until three furlongs from home when Searle started making headway to lead two furlongs out with the horse keeping on well inside the final furlong.

With more rain falling, the going changed to heavy for the second race a five furlong nursery handicap which was won by the outsider of the four runners Land Of Magic under Rhys Clatterbuck at the odds of 8-1.

The Ralph Beckett trained colt Spanish Poet at 13-2 made a debut winning start by capturing the third race of the night. The French horse ridden by Rossa Ryan managed to hold off the challenge of Golden Deeds with Robert Havlin on board.

The first of Haggas’s double was won by Alhambra Palace in the fourth race a stayers qualifier, with the gelding backing up the previous success at Ascot last time out. Jockey David Probert pushed Alhambra Palace clear of the long time leader Enochdu to win by two lengths.

The penultimate race of the evening was won by the top weight Prenup for her third win of the year. The Jane Chapple-Hyam filly ran on well from two furlongs out to give Harry Davies a winning ride.

Eastern Charm won the final race of the night and completed a double for Haggas with apprentice Adam Farragher looking squeezed for room before steering Eastern Charm through a gap in the middle of a couple of horses before being pushed out to win by a length and a half from Loddon to bring up the fillies fourth win of the year.