Richard Hannon sets sights on Classic challenge with Newbury victor Boitron

Trainer already looking towards next year’s 2000 Guineas with his unbeaten colt

  • Saturday 18 August
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Richard Hannon will work back from next year’s 2000 Guineas with Boitron after he maintained his unbeaten record with an authoritative victory in the Denford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

After making a winning debut at the Berkshire track last month before following up at Doncaster, the son of Le Havre took another step forward when looking a class above his rivals in the Listed contest.

Travelling smoothly into contention, the 5-4 favourite quickly put the race to bed when sent on by Silvestre De Sousa, crossing the line a length and three-quarters clear of Dutch Treat to earn a 33-1 quote for next year’s opening colts Classic with Betfair and Paddy Power.

Hannon said: “He is a very nice horse. The first time he won here, I didn’t think he would win like he did. It is the way he moves that makes him a very good horse.

“He won that lovely and Silvestre said he gave him a good feel. He got a bit anxious in the gates today which I was a bit surprised at.

“He doesn’t pull and just does his thing. He is very economical and that is what sets him apart from the others.

“The Lagardere has got to be an option and the Dewhurst. He has got a lot of speed and seven might be his optimum trip now.

“You have got to work back from the Guineas next year.”

It was a case of as you were in the Laurent-Perrier Handicap which went the way of the William Haggas-trained and Georgia Cox-ridden Squats (17-2) for the second year running, with the six-year-old winning by two and a quarter lengths.

Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said: “He is the most bizarre horse. He shows nothing all year and suddenly he comes and does that.

“From half way he was always going to win and fair play to Georgia Cox, as she loves him. He used to run well at Ascot but that now seems to have changed to Newbury.”

Talented hurdler Dell’ Arca put his assured stamina to good use in winning the Sportsguide Handicap by a length and a half on what was his first Flat start in 787 days.

David Pipe, winning trainer, said of the 7-1 shot: “We were hoping they would go quick like that as they would be stopping at the end and we knew he would staying on. He has been brilliant and he is one of the favourites in the yard.

“He is entered at Salisbury on Friday and he will be entered at Goodwood next Sunday. We may go again on the Flat.”

Sir Michael Stoute is renowned for taking time with his horses and the giant-framed Sextant (10-11) looks set to benefit from such an approach after carrying The Queen’s silks to glory by two and three-quarter lengths in the Racing To School British EBF Maiden Stakes.

Racing manager John Warren said: “He has obviously got stamina physically and pedigree wise written all over him. Let’s hope The Queen has a nice progressive stayer on her hands.”

The Queen was not the only notable owner among the winners after Red Force One, who is part-owned by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, completed a hat-trick when prevailing by three-quarters of a length in the Wellchild Handicap.

Martin Harley, winning jockey, said of the Tom Dascombe-trained 5-1 shot: “I think the mile and a quarter helps him. I was a shade worried about the ground, but he has done it well.”

Richard Hannon sets sights on Classic challenge with Newbury victor Boitron
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