- June 3, 2016
03rd June 2016
HANNON OFF TO A FLYING START AFTER LUNCH
Legendary Lunch won the first race on Investec Ladies' Day by the narrowest of margins, a nose, from Danielsflyer.
The son of Dragon Pulse, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Pat Dobbs, was the 5/2 joint favourite.
Hannon said: "I don't know what happened at Windsor [where he was beaten on his last start on May 16, having made a winning debut at the same track on April 25], but it was a big disappointment. He looked great, but we scoped him afterwards and he just wasn't quite right.
"We gave him a piece of work on Tuesday; Tom Marquand rode him and he said that he worked far better than he ever had done. We scoped and he was good to go, so we thought we'd come here.
"Pat's given him a lovely ride. By his own admission he thinks he might have got there a bit too soon, but I thought he did it perfectly.
"We'll think about Royal Ascot - either the Norfolk Stakes or the Coventry Stakes, or the Railway Stakes [at the Curragh], or the July Stakes [at Newmarket]. We're in no rush with him, but he is a two-year-old and he's pretty quick."
LUNCH BOXES ON WELL FOR DOBBS
Jockey Pat Dobbs was a relieved man after 5/2 joint-favourite Legendary Lunch held on by a nose from the fast-finishing Danielsflyer in the Investec Woodcote Stakes at Epsom Downs this afternoon.
The pair cruised to the front two furlongs from home and were in front for a long time before the David Barron-trained juvenile began to close in on the winner in the dying strides.
The pair flashed past the winning post together but it was the Richard Hannon-trained two-year-old who had his head in front where in mattered to record a narrow success.
"I actually went a furlong too soon," said Dobbs.
"It didn't feel like they went that quick early on to me as he's got loads of speed. He was travelling well but was in front a long way out. His head was down on the line though and that's where it counts.
"I wasn't really sure [if I had won] because the second was like four or five horses away from me. I knew it was close.We decided to drop him in today and that made a difference.
"I kicked soon because it didn't feel like they went quick - particularly down the hill as I was on their heels a little bit. He's a good two-year-old and hopefully he'll go on to show us just how good he is.
"The last two times he's just been up the front a bit soon and it happened again today.
"I don't see why he can't go on to run well at Royal Ascot. He's decent and has a nice turn of foot.
"The ground out there is not too bad. It is on the slow side but not bad."
AGONY FOR MAKIN ON DANIELSFLYER
Jockey Phillip Makin came agonisingly close to taking the Investec Woodcote Stakes, the first race on Investec Ladies' Day, aboard Danielsflyer who was a nose second to the Richard Hannon-trained Legendary Lunch.
Makin's mount stayed on strongly, widest of all coming down the hill after losing touch with the leaders early on. Inside the last 50 yards, 10/1 chance Danielsflyer looked well placed to come and win the race but just failed for Makin and trainer David Barron.
Makin said: "I would have had my life on it that I had got up. He adjusted quite well to coming down the hill and the camber. I gave him a slap down the shoulder at the top of the hill and he was there straightaway.
"He picked up really well. I thought there was no rush as I was sure I had plenty of horse under me to get the victory but that is just the way it goes. I have won a six-furlong handicap here a few years ago after the Derby and was really unlucky not to get another winner there."
Trainer Hugo Palmer has happy with the run of fourth-placed Hyperfocus who, after dictating the lead throughout most of the race, got run out of the contest late on. Palmer remarked: "I think he will be seen to much better effect on better ground but I was really happy with the way he ran. There is no hiding place here, it is Epsom for goodness sake and it is a massive race at a big meeting. He has run a massive race only being beaten around three lengths so he has run very well.
"I think you sometimes look to be well drawn but I think with hindsight it would have been nicer to have been drawn wider and then being able to slot in. I think it would have been nice to ride him for a turn of foot but I cannot knock what he is done and I am extremely happy with him."
As for the future, Palmer was keeping his options open for the two-year-old. He said: "I think we will probably give Ascot a miss and might to look to win a novice before maybe looking at a race like the July Stakes or the Richmond at Glorious Goodwood."
When asked about his Investec Oaks hopeful Architecture, the Newmarket trainer was full of praise for the daughter of Zoffany. Palmer commented: "Architecture is very well. I am really happy with her and it is the biggest stage of them all running in the Oaks. I don't think the ground will be an issue as she has won twice on it before. James Doyle said the ground is a bit better than soft but not much better. There is not a lot of good out there but she worked here on soft ground the other day and worked well on it."
1st Legendary Lunch - Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Pat Dobbs 5/2 Jt Fav
2nd Danielsflyer - David Barron 2-9-00 Phillip Makin 10/1
3rd Sea Of Snow - Mark Johnston 2-8-09 William Buick 4/1
6 ran - NR The Lady Hysteria
5/2 Jt Fav Tibr (5th)
Distances: Nose, 2
Time 1m 13.55s
Tote Win £3.30 Place £1.90,£4.20 Exacta £26.40
'BEST HORSE FROM WORST DRAW' SAYS DANIELSFLYER'S OWNER
A fast-and-late rally by Danielsflyer just failed to snatch victory in the Investec Woodcote Stakes, which opened the 2016 Investec Derby Festival.
The Phil Makin-ridden juvenile went down by a nose as victory went to Legendary Lunch from Richard Hannon's stable.
Danielsflyer is trained in Yorkshire by David Barron, who was not at the meeting, but John Elliott, who is part of the colt's syndicate of owners, said: "That was fantastic. He's had three races and not been given the credit he deserves - I couldn't believe it when I saw prices of 14/1 [he started at 10/1]. Bookies are rarely wrong, but they got it wrong today and when he won last time at Ayr.
"He got some way behind in the early stages of the race, but he was drawn in stall seven, the worst draw. He's been beaten a nose, so when you take the draw into account he was the best horse in the race.
"We'll talk to David before thinking about another race, because we take it one race at a time. We felt this would be easier than the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, but it's possible he will run there as well."
Sea Of Snow beat Legendary Lunch at Windsor, but could do no better than third today. Mark Johnston, who trains the filly, said: "She's run well, but the winner has turned the tables on her. She's run well enough to justify a trip to Royal Ascot, and she got the trip today okay, but I don't know whether she will be going for the Queen Mary Stakes [over five furlongs] or the longer Albany Stakes [over six furlongs]."
GOING AFTER THE FIRST
Pat Dobbs, jockey of 5/2 joint favourite and nose winner Legendary Lunch, said: "It is on the slow side of good."
Phillip Makin, on board 10/1 second Danielsflyer, said: "It is on the easy side of good but is not soft."
William Buick, rider of third Sea Of Snow, said: "Holding."
James Doyle, partner of fourth Hyperfocus, described the going as: "Nearly soft."
Ryan Moore, jockey of fifth Tibr, said: "Good to soft."
Silvestre de Sousa, rider of sixth-placed Sayesse, said: "Slow side of good."