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ROYAL ASCOT: No joy for Hannon on opening day
6:13pm Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Wiltshire Sport
COLLINGBOURNE'S champion trainer Richard Hannon saw his Coventry Stakes hopes Olympic Glory and Sir Prancealot beaten as Dawn Approach claimed victory on the opening day at Royal Ascot.
Dawn Approach, the Jim Bolger-trained son of his Derby winner New Approach, stayed on strongest to win by three-quarters of a length from Hannon's 20-1 shot Olympic Glory, who flew from the rear in the six-furlong heat.
Sir Prancealot, sent off the 3-1 favourite, was fourth.
Hannon said: "Olympic Glory did it nicely at Goodwood the other day and I think the further he goes, the better he'll be.
"I think he wants seven furlongs or a mile already and I'd say we'll either take him to Newmarket for the Superlative Stakes or for the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.
"Sir Prancealot ran a good race. I think I'll drop him back down to five furlongs again now and he could go for the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood."
Hannon's Alhebayeb was also second behind Hototo in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Roger Charlton felt the ground had slightly gone against Bated Breath as his horse finished second to Little Bridge in a furiously-run King's Stand Stakes.
The Beckhampton trainer said: "He's so consistent and runs so well in Group One company but James (Doyle, jockey) said he just couldn't quicken on that ground.
"Funnily enough, I thought he was going to win a furlong out but he just could not quicken.
"All options are open, including the July Cup, but if the ground came up quick on Saturday and he was all right, I would consider running him (in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes)."
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