RACING: Hannon's Glory at Ascot
5:40pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Latest Sport News
WILTSHIRE-TRAINED Olympic Glory spreadeagled his rivals to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot which almost certainly sealed the trainers' championship for veteran handler Richard Hannon.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, the 11-2 chance burst through a gap for Richard Hughes over a furlong out and powered clear to win by three and a quarter lengths.
The supplemented Top Notch Tonto ran an unbelievable race to finish second, easily justifying Brian Ellison's decision to persuade owner Keith Brown to put up the £70,000 fee.
Aidan O'Brien's Kingsbarns also ran a blinder in third, with Dawn Approach, who was having his last race, in fourth.
Everleigh trainer Hannon said: "I spoke to The Queen this morning and she said she was presenting the trophy for the QEII, so I said, 'I'll see you later!'. It's funny how it's worked out. It's great.
"He's a very good horse, this. The French race (Prix du Moulin) turned out a bit of a mess, but he ran a hell of a race in the Jacques le Marois.
"He likes a bit of a cut in the ground. We put a pair of blinkers of him at home and Hughesie settled him nicely. They certainly helped.
"He stays in training next year. That will probably be it for him this year."
Hughes said: "We always believed in him - he just travelled so well in that soft ground.
"Hopefully that's sealed it (championship) for the boss.
"He's a fabulous trainer who has been doing it all his life, but it's really only in the last five years he's been getting these really good horses - imagine if he was getting them 20 years ago."
Owner Sheikh Joaan, who also won the Arc with Treve, 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."
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