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Hannon hopes bow to Temple

Richard Hannon lost his grip on the Weatherbys Super Sprint as his six runners proved no match for Ed McMahon's Temple Meads at Newbury on Saturday.

Hannon went into the race chasing a remarkable eighth win in the £200,000 contest but Temple Meads made it two wins from two starts to justify his trainer's high opinion of him.

A setback meant the Newmarket maiden winner was forced to miss Royal Ascot but sent off at 5/1, he gained ample compensation for his connections.

Richard Mullen's mount was never far off the pace and showed heart to go with his blistering speed to deny eventual runner-up Bold Bidder by a length.

Staffordshire-based McMahon said: "He had one or two little problems but he came right about five or six weeks ago.

"I was a bit worried whether that would be enough time as he's a big-topped horse but he's very professional.

"He has the Gimcrack entry and I think we'll go there now.

"A step up to six furlongs wouldn't be a problem."

Group One winner Regal Parade (15/2) issued an unambiguous reminder of his talents in the Shadwell Stakes.

Dandy Nicholls' muscular chestnut had disappointed on his first couple of starts in 2010 but bounced back to form with a three-length defeat of High Standing.

Nicholls said: "He just needs that juice in the ground and he had been struggling under that Group One penalty.

"His main target is the Sprint Cup at Haydock again but he might run next in France in three weeks."

On what was a fairly low-key Saturday, there was some excellent summer jumping to be enjoyed at Market Rasen. The centrepiece was the totesport.com Summer Plate and it was the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Grand Slam Hero (9/1) who took top honours under an excellent rider from Graham Lee.

The trainer's assistant Carl Llewellyn said: "Nigel likes to make long-term plans with his horses and this has been the plan for a while.

"He's in the Galway Plate and he might go for that now as it is worth a lot of money."

The other major race on the card was the totescoop6 Summer Hurdle, which emphatically went the way of Paul Webber's Australia Day under an impressed Denis O'Regan.


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