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Anjaal - Newmarket 11.07.2013

Anjaal (nearside) scores by a neck under Paul Hanagan at 14-1

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Anjaal pounces for last-gasp July victory

Report: Newmarket, Thursday

Portland Place Properties July Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo c & g

ANJAAL swooped late under Paul Hanagan to take the July Stakes at 14-1 with a performance that left the Richard Hannon team looking forward to next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

Hamdan Al Maktoum's colt is a general 33-1 for the Guineas but as short as 16-1 with Ladbrokes after scoring by a neck from Figure Of Speech (7-2). Jallota (20-1) was just a head behind in third.

Sir John Hawkins, the 9-4 favourite, was three-quarters of a length further back in fourth.

Hanagan paid tribute to the fighting spirit of Anjaal, who played up at the start and was slowly away when the gates opened but found a tremendous surge up the hill.

"He's got a great temperament and really did stick his neck out, he couldn't have done any more for me," the jockey said.

"He was very green first time out and was a lot more relaxed today. He took forever to get going and will get further."

Richard Hannon jnr said: "We gave him plenty of time after Beverley and he's done well, putting on a lot of weight. He looks like he wants seven furlongs and it would be nice to think of him as a Dewhurst horse with the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in between."

Asked if the winner could be a Guineas colt next year, Hannon added: "Why not? Absolutely."

The pace was disputed for a long way by Bahamian Heights and Astaire, followed by Jallota and the hard-pulling Brown Sugar, Hannon's more fancied runner at 5-1.

Sir John Hawkins looked well placed just behind the leaders but the Coventry third did not quicken as well as expected and the more potent challengers came from the rear of the 11-runner field.

Figure Of Speech attacked on the far side and for a few moments  seemed set to score for Godolphin, but Anjaal launched an irresistible run on the stands' side of the group to claim the spoils.

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