Whisky Baron second in first UK start
The six-year-old, ridden by Dane O’Neil, was having his first run after a five-month break
Whisky Baron, winner of the 2017 Sun Met for the Kieswetter family of Highlands Stud, stormed up late to finish second in his first start for trainer William Haggas in the £125,000 group2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood, UK, on Saturday. The six-year-old, ridden by Dane O’Neil, was having his first run after a five-month break following his Dubai campaign and was beaten by half a length. Haggas told the media before the race that Whisky Baron would need the run in a "warm" race, which probably contributed to his generous 20-1 starting price. That he performed admirably pointed again to the good relative strength of performers who come through the ranks in SA. Racing editor David Mollett, in search of betting opportunities to fund his extended European sabbatical, attended the Goodwood meeting and reported: "I asked Mr Haggas if he’d decided on a next race for Whisky Baron and he replied ‘not yet but he ran great’!" Durban July winner Do It Again, an unraced two-year-old at the time Whi...