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  • 16:25 Coventry Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) £85,000 added 2yo 22 ran
  • Winner £48,204 2nd £18,275 3rd £9,146 4th £4,556
  • Going: Good (Round Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 13.64s
  • Off time: 16:26:23

Four sent to Coventry

View from connections: Coventry Stakes

Last Updated: 18/06/12 3:15pm

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Sir Prancealot: Possesses unbelievable speed according to his trainer

Sir Prancealot: Possesses unbelievable speed according to his trainer

Richard Hannon has his fingers crossed that one of his four strong team can add to his tally of three Coventry Stakes wins at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

With Rock City (1989), Canford Cliffs (2009) and Strong Suit (2010) on the roll-of-honour in this two-year-old feature, Hannon looks to Sir Prancealot, The Taj, Olympic Glory and Master Of War to provide him with another reason to celebrate.

The unbeaten Sir Prancealot heads his party thanks to his emphatic success in the five-furlong National Stakes at Sandown.

"This has been a lucky race for us, and, while we have no Canford Cliffs this year, we run four very good horses," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.

"It was a toss of coin as to whether we ran Sir Prancealot here or waited for the Norfolk, but Andrew (Tinkler, owner) was keen to go on the first day and that is fine by me.

"Some people seem to think that he was a bit flattered by his National Stakes victory at Sandown, but, believe me, he is a serious horse.

"He has unbelievable speed, but he is by Tamayuz, so we know that he is not just a whizz-bang sprinter, and, while we don't know yet what effect the draw will have, two off the stands rail is not a bad place to be and will hopefully enable Hughesie to get a good early position."

Bold Shows

Hannon's other three representatives are already off the mark and he expects them to put up bold shows.

"The others are all making a giant leap from winning their maidens, but we like all three," he said.

"The Taj, who has the stands rail draw in stall 23, did a brilliant piece of work with Olympic Glory a few days before both made their debuts, so it was no surprise when they both won.

"I know the form of The Taj's Doncaster race has taken a few knocks, but he will have learned a lot from that and Paul Hanagan was very impressed.

"Similarly, Olympic Glory, who is also drawn high (16), won many over when winning at Goodwood and while we did think about waiting a bit longer with him, Julie (Wood, owner) loves to have runners here, and this is a smashing big Choisir colt who deserves his place in the field.

"Last but not least there is Master of War, who is drawn on the other side in stall one.

"He won well up at Haydock and though we were thinking of taking him to Chepstow or Bath last week, he then did an impressive bit of work at Herridge and we immediately abandoned those plans and upgraded him to the Ascot team."

Six Times

Aidan O'Brien has won the Coventry six times and he sends over Cristoforo Colombo and Lines Of Battle, who both won their only start to date.

The former is ridden by the trainer's son Joseph. While he admits it is a long way from a Navan maiden to Royal Ascot, Cristoforo Colombo's sire Henrythenavigator won this race in 2007 and his half-brother Crusade landed the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last year.

"He seems a nice horse. Obviously it's a big step up from his first run from winning a maiden to the Coventry, but he seems to have done things right at home."

Charlie Hills' father Barry tasted success in this race three times and he is keen to uphold family honour with Englishman and Funk Soul Brother carrying the family torch.

"They both won good maidens whose form is working out well, and we can't really split them," he told www.charliehills.com. "They have never worked together at home either. It was a tough decision for Michael (Hills) to pick between the two, and we are pleased Darryll Holland is riding Funk Soul Brother as he partnered him in his first ever bit of work and loved him then."

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