“They were both flat out all the way and I think in another couple of strides that the other horse would have won,” said Hannon. “The winner did everything wrong at Newmarket last time and he’ll probably step up to six now – in fact I should have put him in the Richmond Stakes here. The second will probably stick at five furlongs.
“Lord de la Warr is a good owner and his son Ed Sackville bought the horse. He also bought Producer as well and is a good bloodstock agent.”
Winning rider Pat Dobbs added: “They went very quick for the first two furlongs. He didn’t handle the hill very well but he came good once he met the level ground and came back on the bridle strong.
“I was just waiting a few strides before committing because it’s a long way home in the last furlong for a two-year-old here. I waited as long as I could. Mentally he will improve. He’d been a bit keen on his last run and he just needed to settle today, which he did.”
Owner Lord de la Warr said: “I am so chuffed, I can hardly speak. De La Warr Racing has had umpteen horses placed in Group races, including a third in a Guineas, but we have never won a Group race before.
“My son Ed Sackville bought him and I promised this year that I wouldn’t interfere in any of the sales. This was the first time that I wasn’t following him round the sales – I kept well out of it. I wasn’t even here when he bought it.
“I have to hand it to Richard Hannon jnr, who wanted to run him over five furlongs because that way there is a chance he might settle. Even then, he was trying to go but they were going quick enough. I think that was the key to it.”
Bet365 Molecomb Stakes £50,000 added, 2yo only, 5f, Class 1 8 ran
Going: Good to Soft
P J Dobbs
8 - 1
7 - 2
M R Channon
8 - 1
1 1/4 length
K A Ryan
8 - 1
R A Fahey
R L Moore
11 - 4
4 - 1
P D Evans
16 - 1
P F I Cole
J P Spencer
20 - 1
D R C Elsworth
AMBIANCE BETTER THAN FRANCE
Mick Channon was pleased that 8/1 shot Ambiance showed himself better than his last outing, when sixth in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte nine days ago, but was still disappointed not to win the bet 365 Molecomb Stakes.
Ambiance, a son of Camacho, was beaten a neck and a length and a quarter into third place in the Group Three five furlong contest after leading half a furlong from home. He was slightly crossed by the winner Brown Sugar close home. “That made no difference and we’ve no excuses,” said Channon. “The only thing is that this was the first time he’s encountered softish ground and he’ll be happier back on fast ground.
“He’s very quick and he’ll continue in the two-year-old sprint races; we were disappointed with him in France and we’re happier that at least he’s run his race this time. He’s run a good race and we were pleased with him, but its always nicer to win.”