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Night Of Thunder (40/1) and Billesdon Brook (66/1) have been big-priced Guineas winners for Richard Hannon in recent years, and he almost pulled off the same trick with King Of Change in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Winner of a maiden at Nottingham after being beaten on his first two starts, he started at 66/1. However, he beat all bar Magna Grecia in the 19-runner contesrt after racing with on the stands’ side.
He was the beneficiary of a stiff pace and jockey Sean Levey felt the son of Farhh would be a worthy challenger in the Investec Derby.
Levey said: “I was delighted with that. We have always thought he was a nice horse.
“Obviously, we thought it was definitely worth bringing him here, the way the race cut up, and it looked an open race. Everything went smoothly, we had the pace outside us, and I was following the right horse (Magna Grecia).
“I thought I had him for a stage, but then the winner pulled out a bit more. My lad is a big, scopey horse – probably the biggest horse in the race – so going forward there is plenty to be optimistic about.
“There is a question mark about how much further he will get. If he was mine, I would stick him in the Derby, but obviously the boss will know what to do with him. Let’s see how he comes out of that. As time goes on, he will get stronger and he might end up in the Derby, who knows?”
However, Bruce Raymond, representing owner Ali Abdulla Saeed, felt that the mile and a half Derby trip might not be within his compass at this stage.
He said: “We are delighted. We thought he would run well, but a mile and a quarter is probably going to be his maximum at the moment.
“He had been working well and when he won at Nottingham, he was doing nothing. He was playing around in front and we always thought he was nice. He is a very big horse.
“I think they have good plans for him, and he is a lovely intelligent horse. I’m not sure what plans Richard [Hannon] has for him, but I think the Derby will be too far for him.”
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