Olympic Glory shines for Frankie Dettori in the JLT Lockinge Stakes
Olympic Glory landed the JLT Lockinge Stakes in impressive fashion under Frankie Dettori to give trainer Richard Hannon the second Group 1 winner of his fledgling career.
The rookie trainer, who took over the licence from his father Richard Hannon Snr at the start of the campaign, continued a strong family record in the £200,000 showpiece as his Al Shaqab Racing-owned colt saw off Tulius and Verrazano to win the £200,000 showpiece.
Hannon Snr sent out the JLT Lockinge Stakes winner three times and his son will be dreaming of more top-level glory for the son of Choisir, who maintained his unbeaten record at Newbury following his win in the Aon Greenham Stakes here last year.
Dettori’s mount, sent off the 11/8 favourite, travelled strongly in mid-division before being unleashed by Dettori on the outside in the last few furlongs to cruise clear and win by 2 1/4 lengths.
The winning trainer was understandably delighted with his horse’s effort, saying: “I felt a bit of pressure today, but to see him travel and win like that is hugely encouraging. These good horses get us all going, they don’t come along very often.”
Some people had expressed concerns about Olympic Glory’s ability to handle the good-to-firm surface, but Hannon thought that was a myth.
“He doesn’t need soft ground, he’s able to act on this and goes on pretty much any ground,” said the 38-year-old handler. “He’s in the Queen Anne and the Prince Of Wales at Royal Ascot, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
On what was a beautiful day at Newbury, the attendance was 13,346, up from 10,270 last year.
Julian Thick, Chief Executive, said: “It’s been a great day today and we’re absolutely delighted with the attendance with over 3,000 more people than last year coming through the gate.
“The JLT Lockinge Stakes was a real cracker and I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the connections of Olympic Glory. He looks set for a wonderful season and might bid to follow in the hoofprints of the last two winners of this race, Farhh and Frankel, who went on to land the QIPCO Champion Stakes at the end of the season.”
Earlier on the card Mount Athos set himself up for another crack at the Melbourne Cup later in the year with a smooth win in the JLT Aston Park Stakes under Jamie Spencer. The 7/2 second favourite held off the late charge of Forgotten Voice by a length.
The Betfred London Gold Cup has a rich history of producing decent horses for the future and Sir Michael Stoute’s winner Cannock Chase looks set to continue that trend. Held up by Ryan Moore, he hit the front a furlong from home and was driven out to see off Hannon’s Windshear.