Trumpet Major Sparkles in Champagne Stakes 10/09/11
1 Trumpet Major 7/1
2 Red Duke 11/4
3 Entifaadha 11/10F 5 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1l, ½l
TIME 1m 25.86s (slow by 0.86s)
Trumpet Major relished a return to a sound surface as he quickened nicely to give trainer Richard Hannon a first success in the Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes since his subsequent 2,000 Guineas hero Don’t Forget claimed the prize in 1986.
Last of four when over eight lengths behind Talwar in a soft ground renewal of the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown last month, the Arakan two-year-old returned to the form that had seen him land a Newmarket conditions race by an easy six lengths the time before.
Richard Hughes looked comfortable throughout the seven-furlong contest and when he asked Trumpet Major to win his race approaching the final furlong, the response was exactly what he required. The John Manley-owned colt burst clear and held the late thrust of Red Duke by a length and a quarter.
Hannon commented: “Richard (Hughes) said he rode like a good horse, he gave him everything he asked. He showed nice speed and when he pulled him out, he went. He did it well, so we are very happy.
“That was no surprise with the way he won at Newmarket but then he went to Sandown and the ground was soft and he just couldn’t handle it. Luckily, Dobbsie (Pat Dobbs) was on him and when he let him down, he said he couldn’t lift a foot, so he just eased him down.
“He can’t have been right because the thing that won beat him about eight lengths that day and he ran him to a short-head at Ascot. We came here hopeful.
“He only cost 19 grand. We bought him because he’s by the same sire as Dick Turpin. He’s a good stallion, that Arakan, but people don’t like him - he’s not fashionable. I’ve only had two, Dick Turpin and this fellow.
“I’ll talk to John (Manley - owner) now and see where we go. Where he probably will go is that Tattersalls Ireland sales race, depending on what penalty he picks up there. The only other one in there that could give him a race is called Tough As Nails that runs today in the National Stakes.”
Hannon added: “Don’t Forget Me won the Guineas and I’d like to think that would happen again. He’ll be good horse next year.”
Hughes said: “He was going really well and he picked up and took two lengths out of them. We weren't strictly going that fast because the wind was blowing us and I was lucky to get a bit of cover but, when I whipped him out, he just took off.
“He hated the ground on his latest start and we probably should have taken him out. He is an improving horse.”
Red Duke, runner-up to Trumpet Major in the Group 2 One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes, heads to America for his next outing.
The John Quinn-trained colt is US-bred, and the trainer reckons the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, a million-dollar race at Churchill Downs on November 5, won last year by Pluck, will be an ideal contest.
Malton-based Quinn said: “Next stop will be the Breeders’ Cup - the mile race there will be tailor-made for him. He’ll have a great chance. He’s a horse that wants a mile race run at a frenetic pace.
“He loves top of the ground and his sire [Hard Spun] was a top-class horse over there. We have felt for some time that if he kept progressing that would be the race for him. He’s entered in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and we’ll give him an entry for the English Guineas - we’re very pleased with him.”
Favourite Entifaadha made the early running, but was swamped by the field a furlong from home before rallying to take third place. Trainer William Haggas said succinctly: “He wants further [than today’s trip of seven furlongs]. They did him for speed.”
Entifaadha’s jockey, Richard Hills, confirmed that impression, saying: “They did him for a turn of foot - he’s a galloping horse, but it was hard out there in front.”