Ivawood lays down Guineas marker
The Richard Hannon trained Ivawood laid down a Guineas marker in the Group 2 July Stakes, even drawing comparisons to the brilliant Toronado from his excited trainer after today’s Newmarket romp.
Hannon’s charge may have a bit to go to match the career of two time Group 1 winner Toronado but he has made an impressive start to his career, following up his runaway Sandown maiden win by making nearly all here to record a going away 2 3/4 length victory ahead of some talented rivals, including Coventry 3rd Jungle Cat.
“I had a funny old draw so I thought I’d let him bowl along and see how good he is and he was very impressive,” said jockey Richard Hughes.
“He was the last one to pull up, so that’s a good sign.”
An excited Hannon added: “Although he was lacking in experience, he was probably a bit fresher than Jungle Cat.
“Physically he feels like a three-year old, so hopefully there is a lot more to come.
“I think he’s our stand-out two-year-old, and probably as good a two-year-old as anyone’s seen this season. He looks a Guineas horse all over to me, so we’ll bear that in mind.
“He is a bit like Toronado physically and that is not a bad comparison to have. We’ll be looking at the Middle Park, and maybe the Gimcrack depending on how he comes out of this.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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