5th June, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Champion trainer, Richard Hannon, appears to have another potentially smart two-year-old on his hands. His Sir Prancealot put up a highly impressive performance to win the listed National Stakes at Sandown’s big even fixture, at the end of May, and place himself very much in pole position for a crack at the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, three weeks later, writes Elliot Slater.
Hannon is a master at getting the best out of his juveniles, and the attractive son of Tamayuz appears to tick most of the boxes required of a horse that is going to make a big name for himself during his first season in training. At 140,000 guineas, he is rather more expensive a purchase than most youngsters in the yard, and is a half-brother to a French listed race winner.
The word was out, ahead of his debut over six furlongs at Bath, on May 16, where Sir Prancealot was sent off at 2/1 in the online betting on racing at Bet Victor.
After taking a strong hold early on, he was sent into the lead by Dane O’Neill, and was always in command thereafter, quickening away entering the final furlong to score by two lengths from Strong Conviction.
Despite being asked to drop back to the minimum trip, and step up in class at Sandown, just two weeks later, Richard Hughes’ mount travelled well in midfield, behind a strong early pace, before showing a very smart change of gear to tear through and lead at the furlong pole, powering away to win by four-and-a-half lengths from Top Boy.
That performance set tongues wagging at the Esher track, and Sir Prancealot has now been installed the clear 7/2 ante-post favourite for the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at this month’s royal meeting, a race won twice by Hannon in the last three years, with the high-class pair of Canford Cliffs and Strong Suit.