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  • 14:05 Prix Jean-luc Lagardere 6f 211y

  • (group 1) €350,000 added 2yo 8 ran
  • Winner €200,234 2nd €75,740 3rd €37,625 4th €17,220
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:04:52

Lagardere Glory for Hannon

Group One glory for Hannon-trained colt

Last Updated: 07/10/12 2:34pm

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Olympic Glory: A game winner of the Jean-Luc Lagardere

Olympic Glory: A game winner of the Jean-Luc Lagardere

Richard Hannon enjoyed Group One glory at Longchamp in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) with Olympic Glory.

The two year old didn't appear to be travelling particularly well for Richard Hughes on his first start in the colours of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani.

However, the son of Choisir - who had chased home Dawn Approach in the Coventry before winning both the Superlative and Vintage Stakes - gradually began to improve on his midfield position for pressure.

Jamie Spencer had got first run on the market leader aboard Kevin Ryan's Indian Jade but Hughes always looked like reeling the pair in in the seven furlong contest and the fast finishing What A Name appeared more of a threat.

Mikel Delzangles' filly couldn't get to the winner, however, finishing over a length adrift in second with just a neck to spare over Indian Jade in third.

Very Pleased

Richard Hannon junior, assistant to his father, said: "I'm delighted, he's done it very well. Sheikh Joaan bought him three weeks ago and he'll be very pleased.

"It took a lot to go in that ground. He didn't travel particularly well but that's become a habit of his.

"I'll have to speak to the racing manager. We'll sleep on it but that might be it for the year.

"I wouldn't rule the Breeders' Cup out completely and he has plenty of options for next year. The English Guineas or coming back here for the French Guineas."

Ryan said of Indian Jade: "He's done everything right, travelled well and quickened up. He's what we thought he was. He won't run again this year and we'll train him for the Guineas."

His rider Jamie Spencer said: "It rode like a good race and I was very pleased with him. I was planning to make it but just wasn't able to."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 16-1 from 20s for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.


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