Paul Hanagan was back in the old routine for his former boss RIchard Fahey as the pair teamed up for a valuable success with Peniaphobia in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday.
Victory was vindication of Fahey’s belief that this was the ideal race for the 5-1 winner, who had bypassed a trip to Royal Ascot to wait for a tilt at this £250,000 prize – a race so often the calling card of Richard Hannon.
Lilbourne Lass was sent off the 4-1 favourite to give Hannon an eighth Super Sprint win and proved much the best of a small group of six that raced on the far rail.
Jimmy Quinn’s mount was in charge on her side throughout the final furlong and a half but Hanagan produced Peniaphobia at the right time to get up and score by a neck.
Fahey said: “I’m delighted for the owners and I told them this was their race. This is a great race for the smaller owner, and I told them I had targeted the horse at the race.
“It’s a great race to win, it’s been Richard Hannon’s race and I just joked with him it’s about time someone else won it.”
Hanagan said: “It means a lot (to win the race for Fahey) – it’s fantastic to give the old boss a winner in a race like this.”
Hanagan had earlier bagged Group Three glory through Heeraat for WIlliam Haggas in the GT Exhibitions Hackwood Stakes.
The colt was caught close home at York last week when the winner was well away from him on the other side of the Knavesmire, but he was in command here at the distance and readily put a length and three-quarters between himself and Hamza.
Krypton Factor was a disappointing favourite, getting going all too late and finishing a neck away in third.
Haggas’s wife Maureen said: “It was a gamble running him over six furlongs, because a lot of his form was over five, but it was a gamble worth taking.
“At York he was unfortunate in that he didn’t see the horse (winner) on the other side of the track.
“But this has opened things up for the future, giving William more options.”
Middleham’s Mark Johnston, who experienced a pivotal day with a first ever six-timer on Friday, wasted no time in carrying on the good work as the industrious Lanark landed the Racing UK Profits All Returned To Racing Conditions Stakes before Galician (4-1) gamely landed the Choose EBF Nominated Fillies’ Handicap.
Both were ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, who made it a hat-trick when the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Royal Empire (9-4 favourite) ran out a ready winner of the Sharps Brewery Steventon Stakes.
Godolphin spokesman William Balding said the winner is a possible for Haydock’s Rose Of Lancaster Stakes on August 10.
The Gold Cheongsam returned to near her best when flooring odds-on Music Master in the Lucky Greayer Bloodstock Shipping Conditions Stakes.
Jeremy Noseda’s filly (3-1) had not shown much on her first start this year before fading late at Royal Ascot, but under a strong William Buick drive she worried the favourite out of it to score by half a length.
Noseda said: “The reason is simple – she got her ground today, she can’t have it fast enough.
“Seven furlongs is perfect for her and my plan is the Oak Tree at Goodwood.
“It’s on the Friday and I hope they don’t over water. I’ve had more of mine injured on over-watered ground than on quick ground.”