Polar ploughs through the mud

William Haggas has the £150,000 Tote International in his sights with Polar Bear after he ploughed through the mud to score in impressive fashion at Newcastle yesterday.

William Haggas has the £150,000 Tote International in his sights with Polar Bear after he ploughed through the mud to score in impressive fashion at Newcastle yesterday.

Trained by Haggas for his father Brian, Polar Bear (9-4), was confidently ridden by Tony Culhane in the TSG Seaton Delaval Trophy, quickening to lead inside the final furlong and drawing away to beat Digital by five lengths.

The four-year-old was was well-beaten under very different conditions at the Berkshire track in last week's Hunt Cup but plenty of rain at Gosforth Park changed the ground to soft from good to soft after the first race, although some jockeys described it as "heavy."

Haggas said: "We got lucky with the ground here, it suited him and he enjoyed it. He is not a bad horse when things are right and I bought him for 20,000gns off Cheveley Park Stud (who bred him).

"I have put him in the Tote International (July 24) as I would like to win another big handicap with him. He is rated 90 and the ground is the key to him.

"It was far too firm for him at Royal Ascot but fortunately he came out of the race all right."

Alan Swinbank saddled his third winner in six days when Lucky Judge (14-1) took the TSG IBM Handicap in the hands of Eddie Ahern, who doubled up on Jeremy Noseda's Burning Moon (9-2) in the TSG Microsoft Classified Stakes.

Kevin Ryan sent out his fifth individual juvenile winner when Monsieur Mirasol rallied under Neil Callan to regain the advantage from Brace Of Doves inside the final furlong and go away to score by one and a quarter lengths.

Ryan said: "Monsieur Mirasol has been crying out for this trip (six furlongs), Neil said he was half pulling up when he hit the front, but he soon came back when the other headed him and he has dotted up.

"We have a good bunch of two-year-olds and I think that nearly all that we have run have either won or been placed."

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