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  • 15:40 Bathwick Tyres Greenham Stakes 7f

  • (group 3) (str) £65,000 added 3yo 5 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places on the straight course.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 22.72s
  • Off time: 15:40:33

Dick Turpin Steals Greenham Prize

Last Updated: 17/04/10 5:56pm

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Dick Turpin wins the Greenham.

Dick Turpin wins the Greenham.

Richard Hannon took Newbury's Bathwick Tyres Greenham Stakes for the fourth time in the last 10 years - but it was his less-fancied Dick Turpin who stole the show from odds-on stablemate Canford Cliffs.

The major beneficiary of the Group Three trial was St Nicholas Abbey, who was trimmed across the boards at the head of the market for the StanJames.com 2000 Guineas and is now just 6-4 with Coral and Victor Chandler.

Canford Cliffs ended last season finishing in the shadows of Arcano and Special Duty in France and while he reversed form with the former, bookmakers lengthened his odds for the colts' Classic.

He is out to a general 10-1, with 12s available with the sponsors, after he veered left across the track to be picked off by his stablemate and lose out by half a length.

The runaway Coventry Stakes winner showed the customary burst of speed which propelled him clear at Royal Ascot to sprint away inside the final two furlongs, but he lost vital ground by hanging and had to settle for second on his first try at seven furlongs.

Dick Turpin is also 12-1 with Sky Bet after his victory under Ryan Moore, but Hannon indicated the 8-1 winner is likely to be campaigned abroad in his Guineas quest.

The trainer said: "I will go home very happy as I have been up since 3am trying to work out what we were going to do.

"I think if Canford Cliffs hadn't run off a line he'd have probably won.

"He hung in France and has done so again today and I don't know why he does it as he is straight as an arrow at home.

"I'm very happy with the pair of them - they're both very good horses and have pulled well clear of the third.

"The winner is in the Irish and French Guineas so I'd quite like to separate them.

"We will ride Canford Cliffs different next time but we didn't want a farce of a race here.

"The bubble isn't burst and there will be no tears tonight."

Arcano was unbeaten in three races as a juvenile, culminating in his Group One Prix Morny success, but performed lifelessly on his return and was beaten seven lengths into third.

Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "We're disappointed on the face of it. We knew he'd need the run, but it's disappointing the first two have quickened right away from him.

"We'll see how he comes out the race and how he is over the next 10 days.

"He'll have needed the run and there's no point making decisions now.

"But on that performance alone, you'd have to say he wasn't a Guineas horse."

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