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Muhaarar & Redstart win at Newbury
18 Apr 2015 18:06
Frankie Dettori and 16-1 shotcdented some big reputations in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
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Richard Hannon's Ivawood was the 13-8 market leader but was beaten some way out, while Dewhurst winner Belardo was slowly away and although flattering briefly was another to fall by the wayside.
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Estidhkaar, a stablemate of Ivawood, cut out the pace up front alongside Toolcoolforschool, and travelled as well as anything for much of the seven-furlong journey.
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But he was joined late on by Dettori on the Charlie Hills-trained winner, who stayed on strongly for a neck success, in a course-record time, with Ivawood another four and a half lengths back in third.
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Hills said: "I always knew he was a good horse as he won the Gimcrack, it was just a question mark if he'd get the trip.
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"They went a good, solid pace and he travelled well throughout the race, if anything he got there a bit too soon.
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"Frankie said the French Guineas would suit him, but we will see how he comes out of the race and the decision is up to Sheikh Hamdan where he goes. The 2000 Guineas will be on the agenda, but that is a decision he will make.
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"He's got a great cruising speed and we tried him over seven last year, but he just saw a bit too much daylight.
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"I think the horse has grown up mentally and is so much more relaxed than last year, and that will stand him in good stead for the future."
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Although watching both Estidhkaar and Ivawood taste defeat, Hannon was far from despondent about the performances of both horses.
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Hannon said of Estidhkaar: "He ran a super race and we are absolutely delighted. He will go to the 2000 Guineas with every chance and has got the ideal profile for a Guineas horse. Looking at that, he was coming back at the line."
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He added of Ivawood: "Ivawood will come on a lot for that. He is a horse that carries a lot of weight and will improve a lot for the run."
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Roger Varian's Dewhurst winner Belardo was slowly away and while flattering briefly, faded to beat just one home in Flaming Spear.
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Varian said: "The ground was too quick for him and he didn't let himself down on it. He is still a very good horse but he will be ground dependent and will be winning good races later in the year.
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"I would not rule out the Guineas, but he would not run in it if it was fast ground."
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Tiggy Wiggy could finish only third as Redstart made just about all for a surprise 12-1 success in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury.
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All the pre-race attention focussed on Tiggy Wiggy, winner of six of her eight starts as a juvenile, including the Cheveley Park Stakes.
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Racing on the near side of runners as the field came down the centre of the track, the Richard Hannon-trained 11-10 favourite raced just off the pace set by Redstart and Silver Rainbow.
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But Richard Hughes started to get lower in the saddle around two out and the writing was on the wall from there, although she appeared to keep on well enough in the end on her first try at seven furlongs.
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Up front, Ralph Beckett's Redstart pulled out more for Pat Dobbs when challenged by Jellicle Ball deep inside the final furlongs, prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Tiggy Wiggy was another length and three-quarters away.
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