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Ivawood: A wide-margin winner of the Richmond Stakes

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Ivawood still unbeaten after Richmond romp

Report: Goodwood, Thursday

Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo

maintained his unbeaten record with an emphatic success over Louie De Palma, taking his tally of victories to three and recording a first success of the Glorious meeting for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes

A comprehensive winner of the July Stakes three weeks ago, for which he carried a 3lb penalty, Ivawood had been the subject of bullish reports from connections in the build-up to the five-day fixture, with jockey Richard Hughes having labelled him his "banker of the week".

Such bold claims were fully justified by the 2-5 favourite, who broke smartly from stall five and made just about every yard under his confident rider, quickening away from his eight rivals over a furlong out to record a thumping four-and-a-half length victory.

Bookmakers were suitably impressed, with William Hill installing Ivawood as 8-1 favourite for Qipco 2,000 Guineas next spring, and Richard Hannon mooted the first Classic of 2015 as a long-term aim for the Zebedee juvenile.

"We will look at races like the Morny and the Dewhurst, things like that," the trainer said. "He is being treated as a Guineas horse."

A suitably delighted Hughes added: "He is very good. He stays well and he has got everything really. I think he is ahead of the other two-year-olds at the minute."

Louie De Palma, a 14-1 shot, ran a blinder on his first foray into Group company, while 5-1 chance Jungle Cat continued to ply his trade admirably at this level, finishing a further neck away in third.

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