Tuesday 17 May 2011

Richard Hannon Blog Update: Windsor & Goodwood

Windsor might have been a disappointment - the boss tried new tactics on Magic City in an attempt to get him to settle and they backfired on us - but we were back on a high on Tuesday, when all our three runners won, Palais Glide and Eureka at Nottingham and Miss Dutee at Brighton.

Richard Hughes booted home the first two winners at Nottingham, and he confessed that he was amazed at the 16-1 starting price of Eureka.

He said:"We think a lot of Eureka, and I could not believe the odds. He travelled the best horse in the race, but I never like to hit the front too soon, especially on a first-time out two-year-old, and it was only when I gave him a dig close home that we got there.

"I had to bob and weave a bit to ensure I was with the pace horses, but it all worked out well in the end. However, Eureka might be too babyish for Royal Ascot. It comes so quick, and you can mess a two-year-old up by taking one there who was not quite ready mentally."

Palais Glide appreciated reverting to six furlongs in the opener and won with a bit in hand, while Kieren O'Neill again impressed on Miss Dutee at Brighton, winning going away. 

The opener at Goodwood on Wednesday is the scene of Memory's impressive racecourse debut last year, and we are two-handed in the race this time around, with Glee being supported by newcomer Lolita Lebron.

The boss said:"Hughesie told the whole world in his Racing Post column last Saturday than he would win this on Glee. She is a big filly, who was always going to find five furlongs a bit sharp, but she met a good one of Barry Hills's in Angels Will Fall, so we were very pleased with her. This extra furlong is what she wants, and we hope that she will win for Julie (Wood), though our other runner, Lolita Lebron, a Royal Applause filly, also goes well and is ready for her first run."

 Julie will be at Goodwood as she also has her George Washington filly, Date With Destiny, running in the Height of Fashion Stakes. "We were pleased with her third in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield and, hopefully, she can pick up some more black type here," added Richard Hannon.

We have Auld Burns in the other Listed race, and the boss said:"He has run two super races already this season and was a bit unlucky in the Sandown Classic Trial as he got to the front too soon, and we will be delivering him as late as possible in a race which has quality if not quantity."