Trumpet Major (Richard Hughes) sticks his neck out to see off his rivalsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Major maintains Hannon’s grip on race
Report: Sandown, Friday
bet365 Mile (Group 2) 1m, 4yo+
ANOTHER first-time-out win for Trumpet Major ensured Richard Hannon continued his impressive record in this event. This victory makes it seven in the last ten runnings for the Wiltshire master, maintaining his excellent start to the season.
The 3-1 winner Trumpet Major wore down longtime leader Highland Knight to win by a length and a quarter. The gambled-on Chil The Kite was a further length and a quarter back in third.
For Hannon and winning rider Richard Hughes (his fifth victory in this in the last six years) it was business as usual, while Trumpet Major was picking up from where he began last season when he won the Craven Stakes most impressively first time up. That success was followed by a highly creditable fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, but despite winning again he rather lost his way in the summer and couldn't maintain his form.
Hughes sees no reason why the son of Arakan can't improve. "This could be his year," said the champion jockey. "He's done it well. He has been working with the Guineas horses and went to Kempton with them."
The trainer's son Richard Hannon jnr said: "He's in the Lockinge and we will have a look at that - he wins well at this level and it would be good to make him a Group 1 winner and he has done well from three to four."
Back in second place, Highland Knight showed once again that he is a model of consistency and he got a decent ride from the front from David Probert.
Farraaj went off the 9-4 favourite, but he didn't show his all-weather form back on turf and was disappointing in fifth place.