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Olympic Glory - Newbury 20.04.2013

Olympic Glory adds to another Classic trial win to the Hannon-Hughes tally

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Olympic continues fine Hannon-Hughes run

Report: Newbury, Saturday

Aon Greenham Stakes (Group 3), 3yo, colts and geldings, 7f

RICHARD Hannon and Richard Hughes continued their near domination of the British Classic trials this season when Olympic Glory ran out a workmanlike winner of the Greenham Stakes.

Hughes got busy on the son of Choisir over a furlong out while his market rival Moohaajim looked to be travelling the better. However, the 8-11 favourite responded well to the champion jockey's urgings to assert in the final furlong.

Longtime leader Sir Patrick Moore finished second with Moohaajim not appearing to see out the 7f trip in third.

The victory followed Maureen's success in the Fred Darling 35 minutes earlier and Toronado's  in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The 25-1 outsider Sir Patrick Moore set the pace in the five-runner field, Hughes content to hold up Olympic Glory, while Martin Harley, on Middle Park runner-up Moohaajim tracked the favourite.

As the race began in earnest approaching two furlongs out it appeared Moohaajim was travelling the stronger, but his suspect stamina appeared to give way, and it was Olympic Glory who asserted. 

Hannon said of the winner: "He will never win a race by too far - he is hard to get right first time and is bound to improve.

"That will put him right for the French Guineas as he is in the same ownership as Toronado so we can split them."
 
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