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Fanning lights up Haydock

A review of the rest of the action from Haydock where William Haggas and Joe Fanning enjoyed a profitable day.

Joe Fanning lit up Haydock with a sparkling 329-1 treble that included the two feature races on Amralah and Token Of Love.

Fanning has been associated with Mark Johnston's powerful Middleham yard for a long time now but since joining forces with his new agent, former National Hunt jockey Niall Hannity, he has been picking up far more outside rides.

That was the case on Merseyside with two of his winners coming for Newmarket-based William Haggas while the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes victor Amralah (14-1) is trained by Mick Channon (click to read the race report).

Token Of Love was a well-backed 9-2 chance in the Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes, but she was still expected to find things tough against English and Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder.

However, the latter's career appears to be going in the wrong direction as after disappointing at Royal Ascot, she could finish only fourth dropped in class.

Fanning never allowed the pace-setters to get too far away and despite Lady Lara making up eyecatching ground from the rear, Token Of Love still had a cosy two and a quarter lengths in hand.

Maureen Haggas, William's wife, said: "Joe was alive to what was going on and he gave her a very nice ride.

"She really enjoyed that today. She picked up great and always looked in control. We always thought she wanted it really quick but that was just nice ground today.

"She was supposed to go to America for a race at Saratoga at the end of the month but whether she will or not after that, I don't know.

"She's definitely improving and there are plenty of opportunities for fillies, so William will need to chat to Mr Oppenheimer (owner)."

Haggas and Fanning had earlier won the Betfred "Play Todays 1 1/2 Million Scoop6" Nursery Handicap with Squats who showed himself to be a juvenile worth reckoning with.

Albany third Patience Alexander was giving away lumps of weight and taking on the boys following a break since Royal Ascot and she looked badly in need of the run, being one of the first beaten.

David Evans' filly was sent off joint-favourite together with Clive Cox's Profitable, who attempted to make all but could not fend off Squats in the closing stages.

The 3-1 chance, trained by William Haggas and ridden by the bang-in-form Joe Fanning, scraped home by a neck.

Haggas wife, Maureen, said: "He's just a nice, straightforward two-year-old. He's a quick little chap and the drop down to five furlongs suited.

"It looked a hot little race beforehand but it is very hard for two-year-olds to give away that much weight.

"He'll probably step up in class now, maybe something like the Flying Childers, but that will be up to William. He must have fast ground so we were glad it didn't rain much."