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The winner Shifting Power (2nd left) beats Mushir (L) in the European Free Handicap

Shifting Power (second left) beats Mushir (left) in the Free Handicap

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Shifting Power lands Free Handicap in photo

Report: Newmarket, Wednesday

CSP European Free Handicap (Listed Race) 7f, 3yo only

THE power has shifted at the Richard Hannon stables, with junior replacing senior as the license holder, but the powerhouse operation continues to mop of Classic trials with Shifting Power scoring a third Free Handicap success for the yard in ten years.

Ryan Moore looked beaten for much of the seven furlongs on the 13-8 favourite and it was only inside the final 50 yards he even looked like featuring in the finish, with the son of Compton Place getting the better of Mushir in a photo-finish.

One of the first off the bridle, Moore was getting after his mount as several others travelled more strongly. But when push came to shove nothing burst clear of the pack and once still in contention, Shifting Power began to grind his way to the head of affairs.

He needed every one of the 1,540 yards to get his head in front with Shifting Power getting up right on the line and the step up to a mile must be imminent. Despite the increase in trip being sure to suit, Paddy Power left the Hannon-trained colt at 25-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

Hannon said: "Ryan said he shaped as if he would get a mile or even further in time. He will go for a Guineas but whether it's back here depends on how others perform."

 
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