Back To Back Ormondes For Hamish

The pre-eminent group 1 horse in Thursday’s G3 Ormonde S., Hamish (GB) (Motivator {GB}) shrugged off the disadvantage of his three-pound penalty to record back-to-back successes in Chester’s stamina test for the older middle-distance performers. Having got within 3/4 of a length of Kyprios (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Irish St Leger at The Curragh in September, the 7-4 second favourite boasted the key piece of form but was usurped at the head of the market as the money flooded in for Ballydoyle’s returning G2 King Edward VII S. winner Changingoftheguard (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

As that rival, who had taken the G3 Chester Vase from the front here 12 months ago, again enjoyed things his own way at the head of affairs, the Haggas-owned, bred and trained 7-year-old was anchored in rear by Tom Marquand. Putting in a notable surge between the three and the two to close down the leaders as the pace was at its hottest, he was delivered wide in the brief straight as the 11-10 favourite Changingoftheguard surrendered to Lone Eagle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Swooping on that duo a furlong out, Hamish who was reportedly in need of the run beforehand was still able to stamp his class and beat Lone Eagle by 1 1/4 lengths as Changingoftheguard tired to be another 2 1/2 lengths away in third. “If the ground is right, he could go to York next week [for the G2 Yorkshire Cup],” the winner’s devoted number one fan and exercise rider Maureen Haggas said.


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