Battling Alhebayeb Takes July Stakes
1 Alhebayeb 9/2
Jockey Paul Hanagan and trainer Richard Hannon registered their first Group-race success for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum as Alhebayeb landed the TNT July Stakes.
The Nottingham maiden winner was beaten in to second in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and relished the step up to six furlongs.
The 9/2 chance was strongly pressed close home but had enough in reserve to repel Lewisham by a neck.
Hannon is training horses for Hamdam Al Maktoum for the first time this year and has a total of 11 in his care, while Hanagan is in his first year as first jockey to the owner.
Hannon’s son and assistant Richard junior said: “He had come on from Ascot, where he was slowly away and flew home.
“He likes the soft ground and we thought he would as his sire (Dark Angel) loved soft and won the Middle Park on it.
“He is our first Group winner for Sheikh Hamdan and I am very pleased for the owner. It is our first year training for him and he sent us 11 horses, of which we still have another four or five left to run. He is probably the best of them all.”
Hanagan added: “I am delighted (to ride a Group winner for Sheikh Hamdan). It is what is it all about and I hope we will go from strength to strength.
“Sheikh Hamdan is a great man for patience and there is no rush, which gives us time to do our job and try and get things right on the big day. The Hannons are doing really well with his horses and it’s a great privilege to go and ride out there - Richard Hughes, Richard snr and Richard jnr have all been fantastic and I am delighted for them.
“The horse was headed but battled back today and I thought he should have won at Royal Ascot where he was green and missed the kick. It then turned out he was drawn on the wrong side and was away from the action but he came home very well.
“I think he will end up at seven furlongs and that will work ideal.”
TNT July Stakes (Group 2)
ALHEBAYEB TOPS 40MPH IN TNT JULY STAKES SUCCESS
The rain-softened ground failed to dent his blistering turn of foot as he triumphed in the Group Two by a neck from Lewisham.
He recorded a fastest sectional time of 11.09s between 2f and 1f from home, achieving a top speed of 40.59mph.
TurfTrax managing director Mike Maher said, ‘The Sectional Timing and Tracking System data shows that the winner took up the running from the three-furlong pole and was consistently quickest over the following quarter of a mile. That was effectively where he stamped his authority on the race.
"He showed an exceptional turn of foot in the soft ground before putting in a strong finish."
Alhebayeb also achieved the joint quickest final furlong timing of 12.81 - a figure that was matched by the fast-closing Ahern.
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