Memory wins Albany Stakes

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes continued their excellent run of form at Royal Ascot as Memory gave the pair a third winner of the week in the Albany Stakes.

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes continued their excellent run of form at Royal Ascot as Memory gave the pair a third winner of the week in the Albany Stakes.

Sent off at 15-2 following a debut victory at Goodwood a month ago, the juvenile did not get off to the best of starts and Hughes was forced to employ waiting tactics.

Having travelled strongly in the early part of the race, the daughter of Danehill Dancer showed an impressive change of gear once asked to go about her business and got up in the shadow of the post to score by a head from Hayley Turner on Margot Did.

Of her tardy start, Hannon said: ``This filly never hits the gate, she never has done and there's no real point in buzzing her up to jump the gate.

“They might as well let her do her own thing. Once she gets rolling she’s a pretty decent filly. She’s only little, but she’s good.

“She’s a funny filly. Sometimes you work her in between a couple and she doesn’t work very well, but when she comes to the races she knows her job.

“She’s such a lovely mover. She does her own thing, which is good enough.”

Paddy Power gave the winner a 25-1 quote for next season’s 1000 Guineas. William Hill make her the 20-1 favourite for the Newmarket Classic.

Hughes added: ``At Goodwood I jumped and she landed on all fours and she wouldn't go for it, so I just sat on her and let her come good.

“She’s done exactly the same thing today and if you bully her she won’t go and you have to accept it.

“She’ll get a mile standing on her head. She needed every yard of the six furlongs today.

“The filly I beat was going exceptionally well at the two pole and in the end I outstayed her.”

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