Fox outsmarts Dragon rivals to take Sandown success

Richard Hannon’s juvenile claims Listed honours

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Well Done Fox ran out an authoritative winner of the Dragon Stakes at Sandown.

Richard Hannon’s youngster looked set to play a major role in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot last month until fading into eighth place and he was the 5-2 favourite for this Listed assignment under Ryan Moore.

The Acclamation colt was positioned in behind the leaders before taking over entering the final furlong and he found plenty for pressure to prevail by three-quarters of a length from Life of Riley.

Chapelli was only a nose further away in third place.

Hannon said: “He’s a very nice colt. It’s always a concern bringing them back from Ascot as it’s hard on any horse, particularly a two-year-old.

“I was a bit worried about the bounce factor, but he has got better with every run.

“It was a good run at Royal Ascot. He is a gentleman and he looked great today.

“We’ll probably look at something like the Molecomb (at Goodwood) now.

“I didn’t put him in the Prix Robert Papin, but I think he will get six furlongs and he might even get seven at the end of the year.”

Fox outsmarts Dragon rivals to take Sandown success
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