Hannon hopes high for Ivawood
Last Updated: 31/07/14 1:47pm
Ivawood: Set to go off as favourite for the Richmond Stakes.
View from connections ahead of Thursday's Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Richard Hannon's Ivawood, one of the favourite's for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas, puts his reputation on the line in the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The giant two-year-old has created a huge impression in his two races to date and comparisons have already been drawn between his stable companion and multiple Group One winner Toronado.
After an easy debut victory at Sandown, Ivawoood stepped up in class for the July Stakes at Newmarket but he towered over his rivals both in the paddock and out on the track, strolling to a comfortable two-and-three-quarter length win over Mark Johnston's Jungle Cat.
Jungle Cat takes him on again on 3lb better terms in a race Hannon's father won four years in a row between 2008 and 2011.
"Ivawood has been compared with Toronado and we have seen the similarities at home, and he is certainly high up in our pecking order of two-year-olds," Hannon told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"He won the July Stakes at Newmarket impressively and he'll be even better on this drier ground as he has so much natural speed.
"He has the 3lb penalty, but (Richard) Hughesie has told everyone that he is his banker of the week - I hope he's right.
"However, we also have Sixty in the race. He could not have won any easier at Salisbury and, though this is a step up in class, it is the natural progression."
Johnston also fields Surewecan, yet to be out of the first two in three races, while Peter Chapple-Hyam's Ahlan Emarati brings top class form having been placed at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk and when second to Hannon's Kool Kompany in the Railway Stakes.
Mick Channon's Moonraker and Brian Meehan's Fox Trotter have both won their only starts to date while Keith Dalgleish's Doc Charm was second to Coventry winner The Wow Signal on debut before winning by six lengths. He has since changed ownership.
Clive Cox's Louie De Palma is the only other runner in the race with two wins in as many starts.