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  • 16:00 Richmond Stakes 6f

  • (group 2) £80,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.31s
  • Off time: 16:00:54

Turpin Delivers In Richmond

Last Updated: 31/07/09 5:27pm

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Dick Turpin sweeps clear in the Richmond.

Dick Turpin sweeps clear in the Richmond.

Richard Hannon has quite a juggling act to perform in keeping his top two-year-olds apart as Dick Turpin entered the fray by winning the Richmond Stakes.

While Canford Cliffs is undoubtedly the top of a huge pecking order at Hannon's Wiltshire stables, Tuesday's Glorious Goodwood star Monsieur Chevalier is another who would be the leading player in any other yard.

Dick Turpin's achievements cannot be knocked, either, as the warm 6-5 favourite took his unbeaten record to three in the Group Two race.

Although the Richmond has been staged since 1877, it has not been won by a Classic prospect in many years and the chance of a bumper payday in an autumn sales race may now well be the Arakan colt's target.

Richard Hughes was always nicely positioned, and Dick Turpin batted away his opponents to score by a cosy three lengths.

Hannon said: "He's run three times and won three - that was Group race so he's done nothing wrong at all.

"There's no reason why he won't get a mile and I think we'll sit tight with him for a month and then look to something at the back end.

"He came from the Tattersalls Ireland sales, so he could run in the sales race (Fairyhouse) as that's worth a lot more money than even a Group race."

Hannon was naturally keen to enthuse about Dick Turpin for owner John Manley, but when asked about the brilliant Royal Ascot winner Canford Cliffs, he continued: "He's just different gear and doesn't give a damn about anything.

"He goes for the Prix Morny now. He's a very, very good horse and the best I have had around me for a very long time."

Dick Turpin is 20-1 with sponsors Stan James for next year's 2000 Guineas, but 33-1 with Sky Bet.

Hughes said: "Physically, he's not as strong as Canford Cliffs and I was a little worried at the start as he was sweating.

"He's a dark horse on a hot day and got a bit uptight.

"It took me nearly 100 yards to get him to stretch - he's a very tall horse and you are going quicker than you think - but in the race he was good and relaxed, and lengthened well at the end.

"We'll have to space all the two-year-olds out.

"They all deserve a chance to run in decent races but fortunately there are lots of good races.

"Fair dues to Richard, he keeps pulling them out."

Buzzword (9-2) quickened in the closing stages to take second away from Stargaze, to provide Godolphin with a good deal of encouragement.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "He's run a very big race and we're very happy with the way he's finished at the end.

"The horse has ability and he'll improve for the race.

"We know he's got something to show in the future and I think seven furlongs will suit him well."

Andrew Balding was delighted with third-placed Stargaze, adding: "I'm very pleased, although the ground was slower than ideal and he'd be better on a quicker surface.

"He's improving all the time and is in the Mill Reef Stakes, so we'll head that way and hopefully find something in between."

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