Fourth Race winner’s quotes
Tanqueray Richmond Stakes
HANNON’S INVINCIBLE TEAM OF JUVENILES
Trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes combined for their sixth victory at this year’s Glorious Goodwood when Libranno took the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes.
Libranno, who was bred by his owner, Oliver McDowell, became the duo’s fourth juvenile winner during the festival, and yet they claimed the best two-year-old in their team has been happily stabled back home in Wiltshire - that’s Strong Suit, who won Royal Ascot’s Coventry Stakes and is likely to run next at the Curragh in the Group One Phoenix Stakes.
Hannon said of Libranno: "We took him to Newmarket dead raw and he bounced out the stalls that day and gave us all a bit of a shock. Then we went back to the July course and we thought he had a bit of a chance there, and after winning that he came here with a 3lb penalty. I can’t say anything bad about the horse."
Asked which races he plans to target with his omnipotent juveniles, Hannon said: "I don’t know how to steer them at the moment. Strong Suit will go for the Phoenix, King Torus [who won the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Stakes on Wednesday] could go to Doncaster for the Champagne Stakes while Casual Glimpse could be supplemented for the Gimcrack Stakes, but this horse I don’t know. We’ll have to teach him a different way of racing before we go up in trip - he’s got so much speed and I don’t know why on breeding. He was out there on his own today and staring at the people so it wasn’t easy for him, but you have to let him use his speed. It’s a nice problem to have and we’ll sort it out."
Hughes said: "I didn’t know this horse was in the yard until one morning I rode him and he was a little bit keen so I said give him a run and get it out of his system. And he won. Today he hit the gate running and I was worried he was doing too much in front with his penalty, but that’s how he kills off his rivals. A race like the Prix Morny might suit him, but it could come a bit too soon."
HUGHES SAYS MORE ABOUT LIBRANNO
Interviewed by Lydia Hislop on Racing UK, Richard Hughes said: "I was a little bit worried down at the start because he was very tight. I took my feet out of the irons just to get him relaxed as I could and get him breathing - I couldn’t feel his belly going for nearly a minute.
"I got my girth redone a little bit and then he started to breath. I was happy by the time we round behind the gate - I would have hated to get there and make him lead because he wasn’t quite happy.
"Us jockeys know how important the work the stalls handlers do is. They are horsemen and they love horses. I asked the lad who led me in to stand with the horse for two seconds and not dive under the stall in case the horse followed him. He gave the horse a pat in the neck and that is where you win or lose your races.
"He jumped extremely fast and I was tanking down the hill. The boss said not to try and organise him, let him use himself, but the 3lb penalty was in my head because we were going down the hill so fast. Goodwood is not a nice place to be when you are in the middle of the track on your own with a two-year-old. The last two furlongs were very lonely but he grinded it out.
"I think that he kills horses off halfway through the race - if you look at the sectionals, he burns them off there. He had a rail at Newmarket to run up against and wasn’t as lonely but I would say that we went about the same speed today, a good gallop from end to end. Horses seem to find it hard to lie up against him.
"He is a big strong horse and I think that he is very fast. I couldn’t put my hand on my heart and say that he will get a mile. It’s up to the boss where he goes now but I presume that it will be over six furlongs. You would like to say the Prix Morny, although it might come too quick, and there is the Middle Park as well - it will probably be one of the two."
Fourth race place quotes -
Tanqueray Richmond Stakes (Group Two)
PLACED HORSES PLEASE
Libranno gave Richard Hannon yet another major two-year-old winner in the Group Two Tanqueray Richmond Stakes but connections of runner-up The Paddyman and third-placed Roayh were delighted with the performances of their respective runners.
The Paddyman battled hard in an attempt to reach the winner but had to settle for second best in the six-furlong contest, a length and a quarter behind the winner.
William Haggas’ charge landed a Yarmouth maiden by eight lengths on his previous start and handled the marked step up in class admirably.
The trainer’s wife, Maureen Haggas, said: "He ran a great race and we are thrilled to bits with that. He dug deep and tried his guts out but just couldn’t get there.
"He’s not in the Gimcrack at York but we will keep going with him in theses sorts of races. This was only the third race of his life and hopefully he can keep on improving."
Roayh was completing a hat-trick of third-place finishes behind Hannon-trained juveniles, having filled the same berth in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot won by Strong Suit and earlier this month in a Newmarket conditions race when in arrears to Casual Glimpse.
The Godolphin colt, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was a further length and a quarter behind The Paddyman here.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor reported: "He is a good horse and he always tries his best - he has a nice future. At the moment, six furlongs is best for him, he could go seven furlongs, that would not be a problem, but right now six furlongs on good, fast ground is right for him.
"He is one horse in the stable that I particularly like."