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Trumpet Major Blows Away Craven Rivals
19/04/12

1 Trumpet Major 9/2
2 Crius 4/1
3 Eastern Sun 6/1
NR: Most Improved (IRE)
12 ran Distances: 5l, 1½l, 2l
TIME 1m 37.44s (slow by 1.94s)

Richard Hannon's Trumpet Major gave weight and a considerable beating to his rivals in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket.

Trumpet Major
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Trumpet Major

The Group Three prize was rendered a little less competitive by the withdrawal of the lame favourite Most Improved, but 9-2 chance Trumpet Major could hardly have been more impressive.

The three-year-old had finished fifth in last season's Dewhurst Stakes, a couple of places behind Most Improved, and travelled ominously well throughout on this seasonal return.

Once given the hurry-up by Ryan Moore, Trumpet Major's response was immediate and he quickly pulled clear of the opposition. His stablemate Crius got going late towards the rail, but Trumpet Major was easily best, coming home with five lengths in hand.

Eastern Sun was on the front end the whole way and passed the post third.

Richard Hannon jnr, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "He did that very well under a 3lb penalty. I wasn't sure he'd like the ground and he'll have needed it but he'll have to take his chance in the Guineas now.

"This horse is more than capable of taking Harbour Watch's place, hopefully Harbour Watch will be ready for Royal Ascot. Crius ran a good race, he'll probably miss the English Guineas and tip-toe round abroad.

"Bronterre (who runs in the Greenham Stakes on Saturday) will love the ground at Newbury but Best Terms won't run in the Fred Darling if it's heavy."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Trumpet Major
R Hannon
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
9 - 2
Winner
2
Crius
R Hannon
P Dobbs
8st 12lbs
4 - 1
5 lengths
3
Eastern Sun
J H M Gosden
William Buick
8st 12lbs
6 - 1
1 1/2 length
4
Ptolemaic
B Smart
T Eaves
8st 12lbs
50 - 1
2 lengths
5
Mighty Ambition
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
8st 12lbs
7 - 2
2 1/4 lengths
6
Campanology
R Hannon
J P Murtagh
8st 12lbs
20 - 1
1 length
7
Minstrels Gallery
J R Jenkins
Freddie Tylicki
8st 12lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
8
Born To Surprise
M L W Bell
J P Spencer
8st 12lbs
15 - 2
2 lengths
9
Beaufort Twelve
W Jarvis
Harry Bentley
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
10
Miblish
C E Brittain
B Doyle
8st 12lbs
28 - 1
1 3/4 length
11
Rayvin Black
M H Tompkins
T E Durcan
8st 12lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
12
Forgotten Hero
C Hills
M Hills
8st 12lbs
10 - 1
1 3/4 length
NonRunner
Most Improved
B J Meehan
K Fallon
8st 12lbs
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