bet365 Champagne Stakes
Group 2, Doncaster 13:50
£60,000 added,
2yo only, 7f 6y,
Class 1   
Saturday 12th September 2020

Free Racing Tips

1 Chindit 15/8
2 Albasheer 7/4F
3 State Of Rest 13/2
7 ran Distances: 1l, shd, 7½l
Time: 1m 24.21s (slow by 1.71s

Successful on his only two previous racecourse starts, including a Listed race at Ascot, Chindit was following up Hannon and jockey Pat Dobbs’ victory in this Group Two event with Threat last year.

Chindit was sent off the marginal second-favourite at 15-8 – with another unbeaten colt, Owen Burrows’ Albasheer, just shading that battle.

But on the track it was Hannon’s rising star who emerged with a length verdict from his main market rival, after they had both travelled powerfully into it, having been towards the rear of runners in the early stages.

Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest was just a short-head back in third, with the front three well clear.

Coral gave the winner a 16-1 quote for next year’s 2000 Guineas, and he is set to further test his Classic claims in the Dewhurst at Newmarket next month.

Hannon said: “He got there quite easily and I thought the first two travelled well and the first three were a long way clear of the fourth.

“That’s probably the best two-year-old race of the season so far. The second is a very good horse and the third obviously is.

“We always thought he was top drawer, but you don’t know until you come here.

“To find a very good horse like him with a good temperament is something you don’t get every year. This is another step up and it’s on to the Dewhurst, hopefully.

“That’s the plan at the moment. That’s the big race of the year and that is where we’re heading, along with Etonian.

“His attitude and the way he behaves gives him every chance of being a horse for the 2000 Guineas – he does look a miler.”

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bet365 Champagne Stakes (Group 2)
£60,000 added, 2yo only, 7f 6y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (7)    Chindit 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 15/8
2 (5)
1 Albasheer 2 9-0 Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 7/4F
3 (3)
shd State Of Rest 2 9-0 Joseph O'Brien Shane Crosse 13/2
4 (1)
Mujbar 2 9-0 Charles Hills Dane O'Neill 16/1
5 (6)
Devious Company 2 9-0 Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 7/1
6 (4)
nk Saint Lawrence 2 9-0 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 16/1
7 (2)
Broxi 2 9-0 Keith Dalgleish Shane Gray 80/1


Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP

2019 Threat
2018 Too Darn Hot
2017 Seahenge
2016 Rivet W J Haggas Andrea Atzeni The Starship Partnership 7/4f
2015 Emotionless C Appleby W Buick Godolphin 8/13f
2014 Estidhkaar Richard Hannon Paul Hanagan Hamdan Al Maktoum 10/11f
2013 Outstrip Charlie Appleby Mikael Barzalona Godolphin 13/8 jf
2012 Toronado Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Carmichael Humber 11/4
2011 Trumpet Major Richard Hannon Richard Hughes John Manley 7/1
2010 Saamidd Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 5/6 fav
2009 Poet’s Voice Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 10/1
2008 Westphalia Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh M Tabor, D Smith, S Magnier 100/30
2007 McCartney Mark Johnston Ryan Moore Sheikh Mohammed 8/1
2006 Vital Equine Eoghan O'Neill Richard Mullen Fasthandle Ltd 16/1
2005 DH Close To You Terry Mills John Egan Miss J A Leighs 8/1
DH Silent Times Eoghan O'Neiill Jamie Spencer John Fretwell 6/1
2004 Etlaala Barry Hills Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 6/1
2003 Lucky Story Mark Johnston Darryll Holland Abdulla Buhaleeba 2/1
2002 Almushahar David Loder Frankie Dettori Hamdan Al Maktoum 8/11 fav
2001 Dubai Destination David Loder Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 3/1
2000 Noverre David Loder FR Frankie Dettori Godolphin SNC 7/2
1999 Distant Music Barry Hills Michael Hills Khalid Abdullah 13/8 fav