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Dick Turpin - Goodwood - 31.07.09

Dick Turpin: a first stakes victory for sire Arakan

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Dick Turpin first stakes winner for Arakan

FIRST-SEASON Ballyhane sire Arakan posted his first stakes winner when the Richard Hannon-trained Dick Turpin won the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

The juvenile, who is now unbeaten in three starts, was bred by John McEnery and was bought by Peter Doyle for €26,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September sale.

Dick Turpin was always in a handy position as Bould Mover set a furious early gallop. The leader was still travelling well heading towards the final furlong and for a moment looked like he may hold on.

However, Dick Turpin quickened impressively and looks another high-class juvenile from the Richard Hannon yard.

Ricahrd Hannon said: "He's run three times and won three - that was Group race so he's done nothing wrong at all.

"I think we'll sit tight withhim 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 [at Fairyhouse] as that's worth a lot more money than even a Group race."

Jockey Richard Hughes said: "It took me nearly 100 yards to get him to stretch - he's a very tall horse.

"I was a bit worried at the start. He was a bit uptight and he's a bit uptight coming back in. But in the race he was good and relaxed, and lengthened well at the end.

"He was having a look and changing his legs. He needs a little break now as he's a bit on the weak side."

Arakan stands at Ballyhane Stud, where hisnomination fee this year was €3,000.

As a racehorse, his best performances were posted when successful in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes and in the Supreme Stakes. He was also second in the Lennox Stakes behind Nayyir. His bestfinish in a Group 1 was when  fifth in Lockinge behind Rakti.

He has had four winners to date in Britain and Ireland.




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