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  • 15:30 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 1m

  • (Sponsored By Qipco) (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) (Str) £1,060,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £601,126 2nd £227,900 3rd £114,056 4th £56,816
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 44.18s
  • Off time: 15:34:20

Olympic lands QEII Glory for Hannon and Hughes

Last Updated: 19/10/13 10:18pm

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Olympic Glory wins at Ascot

Olympic Glory wins at Ascot

First-time blinkers lit up Olympic Glory who blazed away with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day.

The 11/2 chance was three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of the supplemented Top Notch Tonto (14/1) at the line, Brian Ellison's charge running a blinder on his first attempt at Group One level.

Kingsbarns was also a 14/1 chance and he finished third for Ballydoyle.

Winning jockey Richard Hughes said: "We always believed in him - he just travelled so well in that soft ground."

Olympic Glory runs in the colours of Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, who also won the Arc two weeks ago with Treve.

There was a strong pace set with two pacemakers in the field, but Top Notch Tonto loomed up two furlongs out and looked to be going best of all.

That was until Hughes brought Hannon's Choisir colt to the head of affairs and sealed the deal within a matter of strides.

Dawn Approach, the 2-1 favourite, failed to quicken up in the soft ground.

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant and son of the Herridge handler, said: "It's a big shout to put blinkers on a good horse like him but he lost his concentration in Paris last time and he was disappointing after his run in the Marois.

"They went very fast today and that helped him - he travelled very well.

"He's always gone well on this ground."

Sheikh Joaan said: "Richard (Hannon) was confident in the horse and I think Hughesie (Richard Hughes) did a great job on him.

"Hopefully next year we have great stock to continue this great teamwork."

Brian Ellison was understandably delighted with the runner-up, saying: "That was no fluke, he took the race by the scruff of the neck - I just wish they hadn't put blinkers on the winner!

"That will probably be it for him for this year.

"I'm looking forward to next year with cut in the ground but I think he could go well on dirt."

Aidan O'Brien said of Kingsbarns: "That will probably be it for this season.

"He was our best horse last year but had lots of problems in the spring.

"He'll be some horse next year."

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