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  • 14:45 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes 7f

  • (group 2) £80,000 added 2yo 7 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Round Course;Good to Firm,Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 27.13s
  • Off time: 14:45:25

Hannon'S King Rules In Vintage

Last Updated: 28/07/10 4:02pm

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King Torus - impressive winner.

King Torus - impressive winner.

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes racked up another Goodwood winner when King Torus ran out an impressive six-length scorer of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.

Despite carrying a 3lb penalty for his victory in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, Sir Robert Ogden's youngster never looked in any bother.

Sat in second behind the front-running Stentorian, Hughes bided his time before emphatically kicking on well over a furlong out.

The 6-4 favourite Crown Prosecutor met trouble early on, which would not have done him any favours, while Stentorian held off the winner's stablemate, Major Art, for second.

Hughes said: "It was a serious performance. I wanted to make it (the running) and Frankie (Dettori, rider of Stentorian) did as well.

"We were flying and I picked it up with a good and two and a half furlongs to run and he absolutely sprinted up that rail.

"He was a big dope for a long time. In Ascot he was so raw I ended up having to race on my own.

"I begged the boss to put one of these ring-bits on because he loves to lean right.

"He's heavier in your hands and he leans right. I knew he'd love the rail."

Richard Hannon jnr said of the winner: "He was impressive there as he was carrying a 3lb penalty.

"He will probably go either for the Racing Post Trophy or the Dewhurst. Maybe the Dewhurst would be the preference as they go quite quick.

"He'll definitely get further. Hughesie (Richard Hughes) was impressed with the way he quickened.

"He doesn't show you a lot at home but he's a real star and could be anything."

Of the third, Hannon jnr added: "Major Art still looked a bit awkward but he reminds me a bit of Major Cadeaux.

"He might go for a Listed race at Deauville next."

Johnston said of runner-up, Stentorian: "It was a good run but the winner went past us like we were standing still.

"Frankie (Dettori) said we could go over seven furlongs again but I think he is crying out for further.

"I think he will be better over a mile and the next suitable opportunity over that trip is the Royal Lodge."

The winner was cut to 16/1 from 40s for next year's 2000 Guineas by Sky Bet and Matt Doyle said: "Hannon houses the winter favourites for both of the first two Classics next year and this improving colt strengthens their hand for the 2000 Guineas with stable no.1 Strong Suit waiting in the wings."

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