Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes
MansionBet
York 14:15
£180,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 2    
Thursday 20th August 2020

1 Happy Romance 4/1
2 Devious Company 11/8F
3 Out The Hat 33/1
4 Uncle Jumbo 7/1
19 ran NR: Imperial Fora, Line Of Departure, Painless Potter
Time: 1m 11.45s (slow by 1.75s)

With the Weatherbys Super Sprint in the bag, connections of the Richard Hannon-trained winner were already in bonus territory, although Happy Romance did have to prove her stamina stepping up to six furlongs for the first time.

The Dandy Man filly showed her blistering speed when quickening away from the field over a furlong out, with the dual Group Two-placed Devious Company – whose previous four outings had come at seven furlongs – caught flat-footed.

Devious Company eventually found his stride and began to gain ground, but Sean Levey had timed his decisive move just right on Happy Romance, who provided her first-time owners with another day in the sun in winning by a length and a quarter.

Hannon said: “I thought she answered a lot of questions there. She got the trip, I don’t think she loved the ground and struggled early on – I thought she was going to run horribly for a few strides, but in the end she got to the front with relative ease.

“She is a very good filly and I do think she’s more than just a flash-in-the-pan two-year-old. Physically she’s done very well and she will get seven furlongs.

“She’s progressively got better and better all year. It’s nice to win this race, which is worth a lot of money, not as much as it normally is but that’s the times we are in. We’re lucky that all these two-year-olds are here racing and the owners are having a ball.”

Considering future targets, Hannon added: “She’s in a sales race at Doncaster, but we’d love to get some black type if we could at some stage.

“We’ll be looking at the Cheveley Park and there are a couple of five-furlong Listed races. There’s also the Firth of Clyde (at Ayr) – a Group Three over six furlongs for fillies. That might be just the race for her to get a bit of black type.

“Next year I’ll bet we’ll see her in the Fred Darling at Newbury in April.”

Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes
£180,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2)    Happy Romance 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 4/1
2 (3)
Devious Company 2 9-0 Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 11/8F
3 (6)
Out The Hat 2 9-0 Jedd O'Keeffe Jack Garritty 33/1
4 (19)
½ Uncle Jumbo 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Ryan Moore 7/1
5 (10) ½ Rebel At Dawn 2 9-0 K R Burke Ben Curtis 40/1
6 (5)
Tinochio 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 6/1
7 (13)
nk Bhubezi 2 9-0 Eve Johnson Houghton James Doyle 40/1
8 (8)
¾ Billian 2 9-0 Bryan Smart Nathan Evans 16/1
9 (12)
½ Power Station 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Rossa Ryan 66/1
10 (17)
shd Vedute 2 9-0 Michael Bell Cieren Fallon 66/1
11 (20)
hd Kraken Power 2 9-0 Iain Jardine Jamie Gormley 40/1
12 (1)
hd Talbot 2 9-0 Brian Meehan Oisin Murphy 25/1
13 (4)
Adaay Dream 2 9-0 Tom Dascombe Jane Elliott 28/1
14 (21)
5 Brazen Prince 2 9-0 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan 150/1
15 (15)
½ Bilandy 20 2 8-9 Tom Ward Tom Marquand 150/1
16 (9)
1 Fools Rush In 2 9-0 Tom Dascombe William Buick 16/1
17 (7)
¾ Apres Dark 2 9-0 Marco Botti Andrea Atzeni 66/1
18 (22)
4 Tom's Reign Beau 2 9-0 Tim Easterby James Sullivan 125/1
19 (16)
½ Mehmo 2 9-0 Gay Kelleway Connor Beasley 250/1
NR 9 (18) Imperial Fora 2 9-0 Brian Meehan NON RUNNER
NR 11 (14) Line Of Departure 2 9-0 Roger Varian NON RUNNER
NR 14 (11) Painless Potter 2 9-0 Alan King NON RUNNER