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Paco Boy - Royal Ascot - 16.06.09

Paco Boy (farleft) demolishes Queen Anne field to take Ascot opener

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Paco Boy silences doubters in Queen Anne

Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday

Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 1m str 4yo+

PACO BOY demolished his rivals to provide trainer Richard Hannon with a 24th Royal Ascot victory and a first success in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Favourite Gladiatorus, the highest rated horse in the world prior to the race, was quickly driven on by jockey Ahmed Ajtebi, setting a searing gallop and going five lengths clear, only to be reined in by his rivals and fading disappointingly.

Sent off the 9-4 favourite, the Dubai Duty Free winner finished nearly 20 lengths adrift of Paco Boy with stablemate Alexandros beating only Mac Love home.

The winner, sent off the 10-3 second choice, tracked the leader throughout and looked the likely winner from half way under Richard Hughes, dismissing all doubts that he didn't stay the mile having disappointed in the Juddmonte Lockinge at Newbury last time.

Following this second Group 1 victory, Hannon said that the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp would again be on the agenda thistime.

Cesare, having his first run for 339 days, came home a length and a half behind in second with Aqlaam, who travelled down the nearside early on, a further half length back in third.

Hannon said: "I thinkit's put a few old jokers to bed. If he didn't stay a mile he stayed it better than the others anyway.

"He wasn't quite right at Newbury [Lockinge] and came home with an infection in a foot, he wasn't moving quite right.

"Now we've had the time to get him right again and I couldn't be more delighted for the little horse."

He added: "We'll go for the Prix de la Foret, of course, and we were going to whip back to the July Cup if things didn't happen here but we are going to have a rethink now I suppose."

Bred by Joan Browne in Ireland, Paco Boy is one of five Group 1 winner by Haras de Hoguenet's Desert Style following Mandesha, Caradak, Next Desert and Bachir.

He is the eighth foal out of Tappen Zee, a winning Sandhurst Prince half-sister to Richard Hannon's Irish 2,000 Guineasthird Cape Town (by Desert Style). As well as Paco Boy, the 23-year-old mare is responsible for five winners including Fuel Cell and Zacholiv, both of whom are siblings to Paco Boy.

The late Brian Grassick paid €16,000 for Paco Boy at the Goffs November Foal Sale. He was purchased for €16,000 by Canice Farrell at the Tattersalls Ireland December Flat Sale 12 months later before selling £30,000 to Peter Doyle at the DBS Breeze Up the following April.

 

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