King Of Change wins the Fortune Stakes at Sandown
Richard Hannon’s 2000 Guineas runner-up King returned by a Prolonged absence to win Against the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes at Sandown.
Although many might have been enticed to strike while the iron was hot with King Of Change (11-4), who was sent off in 66-1 for its Classic, Hannon took the individual approach.
He had been eager to give plenty time to Farhh’s son to get over those exertions as Sean Levey always looked confident, pushing him out to beat favorite Turgenev by a period and a quarter following such a career and his decision was honored.
Paddy Power is entered in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day and cut out of 20s to 12-1 king.
“We’re pleased, he has been working very well and it is nice to see that he run into a huge race,” said Hannon.
“He’ll have needed that, he’s been away a while so that it was pleasing.
“He’s got several nice entries and they’re all chances right now. He’ll appreciate a bit of give in the floor and next year will likely be his season.
“We have a fresh horse to venture into the autumn with. It was nice for him to demonstrate that the Guineas moment wasn’t a fluke.”
Palace Pier remained unbeaten, because his likelihood of 1-8 indicated he should, Of Choice Novice Stakes in the Max Patel Wealth Manager.
Frankie Dettori wished to keep things simple on the colt of John Gosden and while Mars Landing threatened to make a rush of it, Palace Pier pulled four and a half lengths clear.
Dettori told Racing TV:”He had been playful today. He was glancing around at the stalls and then I had to create the running and he looked at everything, but that was why we brought him for experience.
“We didn’t need to throw in at the deep end yet, but he has learnt a little more today and he can be improved next time.
“He’s a great horse at the moment, but when he is special, I do not understand yet. That which is in the right place, but he’s still a work in progress”
Dettori and Gosden later made it a treble when Magical Rhythms (5-2 favorite ) got going late to win against the Stelrad Radiator Group Fillies’ Handicap and Sucellus (100-30) was a narrow winner of the Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap.
Following that he made a debut in the Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes, oisin Murphy spoke highly of Via De Vega.
Via De Vega began to fly on meeting the rising floor, although second looked the best Andrew Balding’s newcomer may hope for as Never Alone kicked clear.
The shot gained with each stride and poked to win by a brain.
“The boss actually liked him at home. I had not sat on him before today, but it was about a wonderful schooling so that it’s brilliant he was fine enough to win,” said Murphy.
“He jumped a little slow and that I was just hoping to educate him. At the base of the right, I didn’t believe I could win so that I was doing my very best, but that I wasn’t going to offer him a hard time.
“He picked up really well all of the way to the line and I guess it was an eyecatching performance. I’m very enthusiastic about him. All these are the horses that force you to escape bed in the daytime .”