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Strong Suit Continues Great Day for Hannon
15/06/10

1 Strong Suit 15/8F
2 Elzaam 3/1
3 Roayh 22/1

Some 35 minutes after last year’s Coventry Stakes winner Canford Cliffs led home a 1-2 for the Richard Hannon team in the St James’s Palace Stakes, his stablemate Strong Suit captured the 2010 renewal of the juvenile contest.

Strong Suit
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Strong Suit
But this year’s winner had a far from straightforward passage and only got up on the line under Richard Hughes to win the Group Two event by a nose.

“I don’t know what was going on there, maybe I’ll wait until tomorrow until I watch it again!” said Hannon. “But he’s a very good horse. His time was a second faster than the Listed race when he won at Newbury on his first run.

“There’s no doubt he’s the best two-year-old we’ve got - it’s just the way he works, the way he travels and his attitude is a different class.

“It’s been a great day and if you go home from here with one winner then you’re happy. It was always going to be one of those days and we’ve got one more to go then I’ll be glad when it’s over.”

Hughes added: “I had a nightmare and it would have been my fault if he’d got beat today. He only ran once before and won so easily at Newbury that he didn’t learn a lot. Today he got bumped early on, but that was just race riding, and then I went to go round one in front and he went straight into the back of another. I don’t know how he got going after that and he wouldn’t have come off the bridle otherwise.

“Canford Cliffs is more electric than this horse, he knew what to do from day one. This horse has been more of a slow learner. He was green and raw through the race and it’s amazing he got up and won.

“It was always going to be either a great day or terrible and it’s been great. We nearly won the first as well with Paco Boy but that’s racing.

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Strong Suit
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 1lbs
15 - 8
Winner
2
Elzaam
M A Jarvis
R Hills
9st 1lbs
3 - 1
Nose
3
Roayh
S bin Suroor
L Dettori
9st 1lbs
22 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
4
Samuel Morse
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
7 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
5
Klammer
Jane Chapple-Hyam
S W Kelly
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
1 length
6
Zoffany
A P O'Brien
J Murtagh
9st 1lbs
9 - 2
2 1/2 lengths
7
Galtymore Lad
M R Channon
A Culhane
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
8
Mullins Way
F Brennan
G Gibbons
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length
9
Amwell Pinot
A Bailey
K Fallon
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
1 1/4 length
10
Chiswick Bey
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
Neck
11
Move In Time
B Smart
T Eaves
9st 1lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
12
Planet Waves
C E Brittain
S Sanders
9st 1lbs
40 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
13
Sheer Courage
Herman Brown
J Fortune
9st 1lbs
14 - 1
8 lengths
NonRunner
High Award
T Stack
Non Runner
9st 1lbs

NonRunner
Irish Field
M Delcher Sanchez
Non Runner
9st 1lbs

       

 

ELZAAM LOSES COVENTRY ON THE LINE IN A SCINTILLATING FINISH

An understandable air of despondency surrounded the connections of the highly talented Elzaam, who led the Coventry field from a long way out and lost the race by a nose on the line to Strong Suit.

Michael Jarvis, who trains the Australian-bred powerfully-built colt for Sheikh Hamdan, said ruefully: “He ran a great race. We were perhaps in front a little earlier than we wanted to be.”

He added: “He’s a quick horse, I wouldn’t see any reason to step him up from six (furlongs).”

The Godolphin team’s Roayh, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, took third, finishing two and a half lengths behind Elzaam.

Jockey Frankie Dettori commented: “It was a very good run - he has improved with every outing. Six furlongs suits him well and he’s going the right way.”

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