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  • 15:30 AON Greenham Stakes 7f

  • (Group 3) (Str) £60,000 added 3yo 5 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Straight: Good, Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.14s
  • Off time: 15:30:23

Olympic Glory teed himself up for a tilt at the French Guineas in the Greenham

Last Updated: 20/04/13 5:17pm

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Olympic Glory teed himself up for a tilt at the French Guineas with victory in the AON Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

Owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani already has a strong contender for the Newmarket version of the classic in Craven Stakes winner Toronado and that could see Olympic Glory re-routed to France.

Trained by Richard Hannon, the 8/11 favourite - whose only juvenile defeat came to Dawn Approach in the Coventry - had to work quite hard for success in a slowly run renewal of the Group Three contests.

The main protagonists were playing cat and mouse with Martin Harley aboard Moohaajim shadowing every move made by Richard Hughes aboard the eventual winner.

With Hughes hard at work in the saddle, Harley was still motionless but when he asked his mount to quicken inside the distance the response was disappointing.

In contrast, Olympic Glory kept on well and was good value for his length victory over the front-running Sir Patrick Moore with Moohaajim only third.

Hughes, who rode stablemate Toronado to such an impressive success on Thursday, said: "He likes the cut in the ground, so France might be the better option.

"He's lazy, and he's lazy at home, and I gave him a couple of digs just to let him know he had a race. He needs another furlong really."

Hannon said: "He never wins by very far, and he is a very lazy horse. He's going to be a much better horse when he goes over a mile.

"That will take a bit of weight off him and get him ready for the French Guineas. He is still pretty burly and he's bound to improve."

Botti said of third-placed Moohaajim: "The ground is a little bit dead, but he ran a respectable race. We were there to win, but respect to the winner who is a top-class horse.

"We will see how he comes out of the race before we make a final decision about the Guineas."

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