Richard Hannon followed in the footsteps of his father when landing yesterday’s Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, a race Richard Hannon Snr won in consecutive years with Paco Boy (2010) and Canford Cliffs (2011), when Olympic Glory (Choisir) put up a fine performance to land the mile contest in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing.
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LOCKINGE STAKES (Group 1)
Newbury, Turf, 1600m
19 May 2012
Noises from the Southern Hemisphere have recently questioned whether the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Frankel (GB) (Galileo) is indeed the world’s best, but the Juddmonte juggernaut’s reply came across loud and clear Saturday as he went 10-for-10 in his own incredible fashion in Newbury’s Gr1 Lockinge Stakes.
Despite a well-documented setback in training last month and a race-hardened Excelebration (Ire) (Exceed and Excel) lining up to expose any resulting flaw, Khalid Abdullah’s legend-in-the-making simply continued where he left off with another monstrous performance.
Sent off the 2-7 favorite, the unbeaten star followed his 3/4-brother Bullet Train (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) as he would on the Newmarket slopes and, when asked to go on with a quarter mile remaining, stretched out in customary style to wallop his old adversary Excelebration once again by five lengths.
“He belongs to racing at the moment,” said jockey Tom Queally. “He’s filled out and is the real deal now.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News