Hughes takes Craven with Kompany
Delight for Hughes and Hannon as Kool Kompany upstaged more fancied rivals including a hot favourite and stablemate Moheet to win the Craven at Newmarket this afternoon.
Sent off a less than fancied 14/1 it was plain sailing from the front under Hughes and was not for catching having taken it up early on and quickening nicely at the furlong pole to put the feature and well regarded Guineas trail to bed. The jockey was keen to look at the foreign classics after the victory rather than bid for home honours.
“He’s so tough and he always runs a good solid race. I knew I was getting it easy enough, but when you get rolling here and get running down into that Dip its hard to peg you back. Whether he’s a Guineas horse I don’t know. Preferably I’d go to France or Germany or somewhere like that.”
Kevin Ryan will be delighted to see his sprinter Astaire back on track landing the competitive looking Abernant stakes in good style on the card under Jamie Spencer and was able to win from the front once establishing a lead at midway and staying there. The four year old found it tough at three last year in the top company and this will give connections confidence to step up again later in the season after this victory.
Charlie Appleby took the other Group 3 contest on the card with 3/1f French Navy who came from the back of the field under William Buick to land the Sefton beating last years Derby fourth Arod into second place. The winning rider is enjoying his new role with the connections of course and paid tribute to the trainer. “It was a great training performance by Charlie Appleby to get French Navy ready to win first time out as he’s now a seven-year-old. He handled the ground.”
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