Larchmont Lad (yellow cap) digs in to land the Tattersalls Stakes
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Newmarket, Friday
Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Stakes) (Group 3) 7f, 2yo
LARCHMONT LAD showed plenty of guts and courage as he battled on strongly to take the feature race on the opening day of the Cambridgeshire meeting.
In front rank throughout, the Richard Hannon-trained son of Footstepsinthesand was there to be shot at but he found plenty for Sean Levey coming out of the Dip and was extending his advantage over runner-up Whitecliffsofdover at the line to score an 8-1 success.
A close third in Listed company at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting on his previous start, Larchmont Lad appeared to have benefited from that tussle and showed a professional attitude on just his third start.
The winner, owned by Michael Geoghegan, was introduced into the Qipco 2,000 Guineas market at 50-1 by William Hill and although holding entries in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and Racing Post Trophy this season, might wait for next season before testing his Classic credentials further.
“Larchmont Lad is a 2,000 Guineas horse; no doubt about it,” said Hannon, who landed the Newmarket Classic with Night Of Thunder in 2014.
He added: “I think we may put him away after this and wait for the Craven or the Greenham. He did it well in what was a strong renewal.”
Much of the hype leading into the contest surrounded the well named Escobar but the horse with one all-white nostril proved a bitter disappointment as he trailed home in seventh.
Unbeaten on two previous runs, the mount of Frankie Dettori was a 25-1 shot for the Guineas and Investec Derby before the race but he was restless in the stalls and never looked like getting involved.
Eyecatching for the right reason was third-home Sir Dancealot, who made up plenty of ground from the back under Jim Crowley and only narrowly missed out on second.
A Racing Post Trophy entrant, Sir Dancealot looks a juvenile with a bright future on this evidence, as does the plucky winner.
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