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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 contest 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.”
In late May, Hannon outlined future plans for the Farhh colt.
He said: “The St James’s Palace Stakes and the Jersey were in the mix, but we are going to wait until August/September time with him.
“He had a hard race in the Guineas and we are happy to mind him as we are thinking of next year.
“I’d like to leave him alone until later in the season. I think a mile is his trip but he will get a mile and a quarter. He is a very good horse.”
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