Fox powers home for De Sousa and Hannon at Newcastle

Notable victory for blue and white colours of King Power Racing

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Fox Power was a decisive winner of the Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes at Newcastle.

A competitive field of 11 runners went to post for the Good Friday feature at Gosforth Park, with John Gosden’s Daarik the 5-2 favourite ahead of Ed Vaughan’s Classic hope Magic J and other exciting colts such as Bayroot and Creationist.

Having won just one of his six starts as a juvenile for Richard Hannon, Fox Power was a 7-1 shot for his seasonal reappearance in the £100,000 Listed contest and was ridden positively from the outset by three-times champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

After initially taking a lead from Ebury, Fox Power hit the front with over two furlongs still to run and had enough in hand to see off the persistent challenge of Daarik by a length and a quarter.

Bayroot finished a close-up third, but Magic J was disappointing, trailing home a well-beaten eighth.

Fox Power was providing owners King Power Racing and their their newly-appointed retained rider De Sousa with a sixth winner in just nine days.

Hannon was at Lingfield, where he said: “I am delighted with him and I was impressed how he knuckled down. He is a pretty decent horse and we always thought that.

“I thought I was guilty of thinking he is better than he is, but he proved it today.

“He has got no entries next to his name, but there are things like the German 2000 Guineas we could now look at for him.”

King Power Racing was formerly led by the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in October, along with four other people.

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