Turpin camp plot Fairyhouse raid

A shot at the Tattersalls Ireland Sale Stakes at Fairyhouse is on the priority list for easy Richmond Stakes winner Dick Turpin.

A shot at the Tattersalls Ireland Sale Stakes at Fairyhouse is on the priority list for easy Richmond Stakes winner Dick Turpin.

Yet another classy juvenile for the Richard Hannon team, the colt was warmly supported into 6-5 favourite for the Glorious Goodwood Group Two, and barely gave his supporters a worry as he coasted three lengths clear of the field to remain unbeaten following two earlier victories.

Now he can head for more rich pickings on August 22, the type of race his trainer has farmed.

Hannon said: “He’s run three times and won three – that was Group race so he’s done nothing wrong at all.

“There’s no reason why he won’t get a mile and I think we’ll sit tight with him for a month and then look to something at the back end.

“He came from the Tattersalls Ireland sales, so he could run in the sales race (Fairyhouse) as that’s worth a lot more money than even a Group race.”

Hannon was naturally keen to enthuse about Dick Turpin for owner John Manley, but when asked about the brilliant Royal Ascot winner Canford Cliffs, he continued: “He’s just different gear and doesn’t give a damn about anything.

“He goes for the Prix Morny now. He’s a very, very good horse and the best I have had around me for a very long time.”

Dick Turpin is 20-1 with sponsors Stan James, but 33-1 with Sky Bet, for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

Hughes said: “Physically, he’s not as strong as Canford Cliffs and I was a little worried at the start as he was sweating.

“He’s a dark horse on a hot day and got a bit uptight.

“It took me nearly 100 yards to get him to stretch – he’s a very tall horse and you are going quicker than you think – but in the race he was good and relaxed, and lengthened well at the end.

“We’ll have to space all the two-year-olds out. They all deserve a chance to run in decent races but fortunately there are lots of good races. Fair dues to Richard, he keeps pulling them out.”

Buzzword (9-2) quickened in the closing stages to take second away from Stargaze and provide Godolphin with a good deal of encouragement.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “The horse has ability and he’ll improve for the race.

“We know he’s got something to show in the future and I think seven furlongs will suit him well.”

Andrew Balding was delighted with Stargaze, who may have another run before the Mill Reef Stakes.

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