Ivawood: A wide-margin winner of the Richmond StakesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ivawood still unbeaten after Richmond romp
Report: Goodwood, Thursday
Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo
IVAWOOD 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.