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Sandown Park

  • 15:25 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes 1m 14y

  • (Fillies' Group 3) £55,000 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 41.08s
  • Off time: 15:26:27

Dank takes revenge

No immediate plans for Stoute star

Last Updated: 01/09/12 3:50pm

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Dank: Gained revenge on Ladys First at Sandown

Dank: Gained revenge on Ladys First at Sandown

Richard Hughes shone as Dank (7-2 favourite) gained revenge for a recent Haydock defeat at the hooves of Ladys First (5-1) by taking the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.

Only three-quarters of a length separated the pair at the Merseyside track and it was close again as they dominated the finish to this Group Three contest.

Paul Hanagan aboard the eventual runner-up was in full flight entering the final furlong just as Hughes was unleashing the race-winning run down the centre of the track.

Dank was in front 50 yards from the past and the market leader beat her persistent rival by a neck.

The front-running Gathering (14-1) was a length further away in third.

Hughes said: "She's a nice filly. I'd have preferred it if they had gone a stride quicker, but she's done well to get there. She's in between a mile and a mile and a quarter filly."

Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: "She's a lovely progressive filly and Hughesie gave her a great ride from what I considered to be a horrible draw. I'm really happy with her and she's got a great attitude."

Owner James Wigan said: "That was really wonderful and we'll just take things as they come, I'm sure Sir Michael will have an idea what to do next."

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