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Hanagan talks up Matrooh after win

DONCASTER'S 32RedPoker.com Maiden Stakes looks sure to throw up a plethora of winners for the future, but there was plenty to like about the winning performance of Matrooh.

Beaten just a length when fourth in the Wood Ditton at Newmarket on debut, the William Haggas-trained colt was always handy under Paul Hanagan before asserting over a furlong out.

As his dam is a half sister to Funny Cide, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the States, it was no surprise he fetched a small fortune as a yearling.

And while he has some way to go to repay that, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum undoubtedly has a nice horse on his hands as he ran out a comfortable one-length winner over the staying-on Stableford.

Hanagan said of the 2-1 favourite: "He was impressive and he's come on massively from that first run.

"He was given a lovely introduction by Dane (O'Neill) and he's obviously improved.

"I didn't think we went that quick, so I thought it was best to be positive.

"He's still learning, he's a big horse, so he'll come on for that as well. There's no better man than William Haggas to do a job with him."

Hanagan then followed up on Richard Fahey's newcomer Canyari (7-4) in the 32 Bonus At 32Red.com Maiden Stakes, who showed a nice attitude to beat Richard Hannon's Legend Rising.

Fahey also landed the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Fillies' Handicap with Cosmic Halo (9-2) under the promising George Chaloner.