Baron To Join Haggas

Son of Manhattan Rain headed for Newmarket

Brett Crawford and the owners of Whisky Baron have abandoned rich Hong Kong ambitions for last year’s Sun Met winner and the five-year-old may now join William Haggas at Newmarket.

Whisky Baron wins inaugural Sun Met 

Crawford told Gold Circle’s Michael Clower on Tuesday: “Whisky Baron wasn’t doing well so I didn’t see much point in sending him to Hong Kong (for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on April 29). He is now in quarantine in Dubai – he has to do three weeks there – and then he goes back to Newmarket where he may join William Haggas to race there.

“I’m obviously disappointed but it’s not easy for him travelling all the time and we want to do what is best for the horse.”

Haggas, whose wife is a daughter of the legendary Lester Piggott, has become one of the most fashionable and sought-after trainers in England in recent years. He is also a regular visitor to South Africa during the Cape season. – Michael Clower

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