Indy Point takes Jockey Club in style for Hahn
Report: Argentina, Saturday
San Isidro (Buenos Aires): Gran Premio Jockey Club (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yos
INDY POINT (Raul Alberto Ramallo/Eduardo Gonzalo Hahn), runner up in the 2,000 Guineas, returned with avengeance to take his second Group 1 victory in the second leg of Argentina's Triple Crown.
Sent off the narrow favourite, the son of Indygo Shiner made his turf debut a winning one with a decisive two-length victory over Peruvian-owned Big Cazanova, who began his racing career in Peru.
Indy Point completed the distance in 1m58.25s and entered his name as the likely early favourite for next month's Argentine Derby.
"This time there were no delays at the start and my colt was relaxed," said Hahn. "They went slow early so I stayed in contention and had plenty of horse when they came after him. He finished strongly."
Never out of the frame, the victory was his fourth overall in ten starts for owner-breeder Felipe Lovisi.
Winner at two of the Group 1 Gran Premio Estrellas Juvenile on dirt at Palermo, the versatile colt has captured three of his last four starts.
Guineas third Di Giorgio finished in that same order and four-lengths clear of Dos Mil Guineas hero Johnny Guitar; while Guineas winner Sol Planet could only manage to split the field arriving behind the Roman Ruler colt Corsalone in sixth.
No horse has swept the Argentine Triple Crown since Haras La Biznaga homebred Refinado Tom captured the series in 1996.
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