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  • 14:10 Portland Place Properties July Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) £80,000 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.21s
  • Off time: 14:13:25

Anjaal gets up to land July Stakes

Last Updated: 11/07/13 2:45pm

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Anjaal (left) wins the Portland Place Properties July Stakes at Newmarket

Anjaal (left) wins the Portland Place Properties July Stakes at Newmarket

Richard Hannon and Paul Hanagan teamed up to win the Portland Place Properties July Stakes for the second year running with Anjaal (14/1).

Winner of a Beverley maiden last time out, the colt looked to be struggling until meeting the rising ground a furlong out and flying home to deny Figure Of Speech (7/2).

The runner-up had looked set to collect when hitting the front inside the distance only to be beaten a neck, having made ground from off the pace under Mickael Barzalona.

Jallota, one of the most exposed in the field, moved well before being passed late on but held on for third ahead of Coventry Stakes third Sir John Hawkins, who had been sent off as a 9/4 favourite.

Hannon's Brown Sugar and the Richard Fahey-trained Canyari both disappointed.

Anjaal was cut to 25/1 for the 2000 Guineas by Sky Bet.

Hanagan said: "He was very green on his first run and was a lot more relaxed today.

"He took forever to get going, he'll probably get a bit further. He has a great temperament.

"He really did stick his neck out when he needed to. He couldn't have done any more for me."

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "We gave him a nice break after his second run when he won at Beverley and he's done very well for it.

"He looked there like he needs seven furlongs, which will be a big help.

"We'll have to look at the Dewhurst and things like that. We'll definitely step him up to seven furlongs. He was the first off the bridle there."

Angus Gold, racing manager for winning owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "He got a bit lost in his maiden at Newmarket and was very green but he won well at Beverley, where he was more class than speed.

"We decided to give him a break after that race with this in mind, and I'm glad it has worked. He'll go seven (furlongs) now, and we'll see if he's good enough for the Dewhurst nearer the time.

"I'd imagine he'd have a run over seven furlongs in between."

Saeed bin Suroor was delighted with the effort of the runner-up, saying: "He ran a great race, I thought he was going to win.

"That was a great run for his second start and we will think about the six-furlong Group Two at Goodwood (Richmond Stakes, August 1)."

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