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Unbeaten La Barrosa digs deep in G3 Tattersalls Stakes


Exciting two-year-old La Barrosainfo-icon maintained his perfect record when overcoming significant trouble in running to bravely win the seven-furlong G3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket, UK, on Thursday, 24 September.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt, the least experienced of the six runners having scored over the same trip at Ascot on his only previous start, soon raced in third for William Buick behind Dark Lion and Qaader.

La Barrosa loomed up entering the final quarter-mile but was unable to switch out to deliver his challenge as Qaader kept the son of Lope de Vega hemmed in on the far rail.

He stayed on strongly between horses after finding space over a furlong out, hitting the front inside the final half-furlong before powering through the line for a length success.

Charlie Appleby said: “I was quite pleased to see where William was – he said he wasn’t quite so comfortable! – as it helped La Barrosa get into a nice rhythm. He travelled very well at Ascot and James [Doyle], who rode him that day, said that William should park him up behind one so he doesn’t try and over-race.

“La Barrosa showed a bit of class when the gap came and quickened up. He is still learning and was still quite raw out there. I am not going to be bold and say that we should be pitching him into something like the G1 Dewhurst Stakes but he is a nice horse going forward. If we take the right steps with him, I think he is going to be a lovely three-year-old.”