JALAA BOOKS ASCOT TRIP

Jalaa Books Ascot Trip
Jalaa Books Ascot Trip
Sporting Life

Hannon team

Jalaa marked himself out as Royal Ascot material when making a successful debut for the Richard Hannon team in the Smooth Radio Oadby Maiden Stakes at Leicester.

A 200,000 guineas purchase and a half-brother to 2008 Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus, the Street Cry colt was well on top in the closing stages, running out a ready winner.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned 2-1 favourite strode away in the final half-furlong to win by two and a half lengths from Carlton Blue.

He could now be on his way to the Royal meeting for the Coventry Stakes on June 19, with Coral giving him a 14-1 quote.

“We’ve liked him all the way along. We were a bit worried about the ground, but he’s won this very well and his attitude looked very good,” the trainer’s son and assistant, Richard Hannon jnr, told At The Races.

“He’ll improve a lot for it and he’s a Coventry horse, I think. He’s a real nice horse we can look forward to.

“This track will have taught him a lot. I really like the way he did it and it looks like he could have the temperament to go to the top.”

North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey served up a tasty 662-1 double from his two runners.

Mary’s Daughter stunned punters with a 50-1 shock success in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, while Lady Loch (12-1) opened her account in the feature Diamond Jubilee Handicap.

The first-named may herself be Royal Ascot-bound after stepping up considerably on her debut sixth at Ripon 16 days earlier.

She showed a tidy turn of foot for jockey David Nolan to lead just inside the final furlong, quickly pulling away to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Flirtinaskirt.

“She was very disappointing first time, we thought she would run better,” said Fahey.

“I know the price was big, but it’s not a big shock.

“I honestly don’t know what happened first time. She was never going to win at Ripon. Ripon can do that to horses sometimes.

“She had been shaping OK at home before then and we were on a fact-finding mission today.

“If she hadn’t have run badly at Ripon, we were thinking of the Queen Mary for her. We’ll see how she is when she gets home.”

Wearing blinkers for the first time, Lady Loch (12-1) was a length too strong for Ruby Night, who had looked the likely winner when hitting the front until Lady Loch found an extra gear.

Fahey said of the Hanagan-ridden winner: “That was grand. The blinkers probably helped, we had been a bit disappointed with her.

“I’m surprised she was still a maiden, but the blinkers made her concentrate. She should win again with a bit of luck.”

Hanagan made it a 252-1 treble when striking on the Paul Midgley-trained Silvanus in the Leicester Mercury Handicap.

The Ralph Beckett-trained Ultimate Destiny (9-1) got the better of a protracted duel with Our Phylli Vera to land division one of the Smooth Radio Handicap by a length and three-quarters under Jim Crowley.

Division two went to the 5-2 favourite Sea Fever, the winner by half a length from Grand Liaison for trainer Luca Cumani and jockey Kieren Fallon

Compton Target (5-1) was a smooth scorer in the Leicester Mercury Claiming Stakes for trainer Hans Adielsson and 7lb claimer Nicola Nordland.

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