Sir Prancealot picks up smartly to land Childers
Report: Doncaster, Friday
Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f, 2yo
THE well-regarded Sir Prancealot produced an impressive turn of foot to get the better of long-time leader Bungle Inthejungle under an ice-cool Johnny Murtagh in the opening Group 2 on Friday.
Trained by Richard Hannon, Sir Prancealot travelled smoothly behind the leaders and quickened up readily to lead deep inside the final furlong. He went on to score decisively from the gallant runner-up and fast-finishing third Sound Of Guns.
The 7-4 winner, who was last successful in Listed company at Sandown in May, has twice finished behind the unbeaten Group 1 winner Reckless Abandon in France, most recently when fourth in the Prix Morny last month.
In the hunt for his first victory at Group level, he ran on strongly once asked for maximum effort by Murtagh, who was deputising for the suspended Richard Hughes.
Molecomb Stakes winner Bungle Inthejungle did his best to fend off the challengers from the front and it looked like he may deny his rivals when he hurtled passed the furlong marker.
But Murtagh gave Sir Prancealot one crack of the whip, switched his mount to the outside and pushed him passed the leader to win comprehensively by half a length.
The winner will now be aimed at the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on October 13 and assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "He deserved that. We've come up against Reckless Abandon twice and had to drop him to five furlongs to win a Group race.
"He'll go back to six [furlongs] now. He's in the Middle Park and we'll give that a go."
Sound Of Guns, who was always towards the rear, stayed on strongly to take third from Hoyam, Morawij and Royal Ascot scorer Ceiling Kitty, who had no more to give inside the final furlong.