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No excuses for Approval

Trainer James Fanshawe is hopeful Seal Of Approval will show her true colours later in the season following a disappointing display in Saturday's Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

Last year's British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes winner made a promising return in the Yorkshire Cup in the middle of May and was unsurprisingly a hot favourite to get off the mark for the year in last weekend's Group Two contest.

However, the five-year-old was in trouble from an early stage in the hands of Hayley Turner and beat just one rival home.

Fanshawe said: "She pulled out good this morning and did a bit of a canter. She's absolutely fine.

"She's just taken a bit of time to come to herself this year and I hope she'll improve plenty for the run and really start to thrive from hereon in.

"I don't have a particular target in mind. We just want to make sure we're 100 per cent happy with her and we'll make a plan from there.

"There are plenty of races for her in the autumn."

There was a more encouraging display on the same afternoon by Seal Of Approval's stable companion Magic Hurricane, who was beaten just a length into third in the fiercely competitive Old Newton Cup.

"He just didn't quite see out the last furlong, but it was a big step for him and he performed very well, so we were pleased," said the trainer.

"I haven't got anything in mind for him at this stage. I'll see what the handicapper does and then we'll see where we go."