Ascot victory for Hannon

Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon

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WILTSHIRE trainer Richard Hannon enjoyed success at Royal Ascot yesterday as Baitha Alga won the Norfolk Stakes.

The win was Hannon’s second of the festival after Toronado's success in the Queen Anne on Tuesday, and came with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

It seemed to be all going to plan for the 5/6 favourite The Great War as he hit the front a furlong and half from home, but Baitha Alga found another gear and burst ahead inside the final furlong to beat the strong finishing Mind Of Madness by a length and a half as The Great War's challenge fizzled out to finish down the field.

Dettori gave his first flying dismount for some time to celebrate his 49th Royal Ascot success with a vintage display, leaving the Italian delighted.

"I'd been saving the flying dismount for Treve, but sadly that didn't happen," said Dettori.

"He ran a super race at Epsom (to win the Woodcote), the team were very pleased and I'm so pleased he got the job done.

"He's a dream to ride."

Hannon said: "He's a very special two-year-old. He was having his third run in three weeks. I appreciate that's quite a lot, but he's only been cantering at home.

"He's one of the best two-year-olds I've seen this year. We'll have a chat and see where we go from here, but he'd have to go up to the Prix Morny, something like that. If it was soft ground there I don't think he'd mind that."

As well as Baitha Alga’s win, Hannon also picked up a second place with Lustrous in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Hannon also enjoyed a second place in the final race of the day with Windsehear.

The horse, ridden by Richard Hughes, was heavily backed into a share of favouritism having chased home Cannock Chase on his latest appearance, a horse who won the Tercentenary Stakes earlier in the afternoon, and he was the first of the pair to commit for home.

Hughes briefly looked to have stolen the initiative aboard Windsear, but Fallon drove Elite Army into top gear in the final furlong and he swept by close home to score by a decisive three-quarters of a length.

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