Wednesday 19 June 2019

Dobbs makes it a double

Few horses have given trainer Richard Hannon as many headaches in recent months as Beat Le Bon - but all was forgiven after the one-time 2000 Guineas hope initiated Dobbs' double with a two-length success in the Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap (stock photo)
Few horses have given trainer Richard Hannon as many headaches in recent months as Beat Le Bon - but all was forgiven after the one-time 2000 Guineas hope initiated Dobbs' double with a two-length success in the Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap (stock photo)

Pat Dobbs gave his season a much-needed boost with a double at Goodwood yesterday, highlighted by the victory of Mirage Dancer in the Bet Your Way On The Betfair Exchange Tapster Stakes.

After steering the Michael Stoute-trained son of Frankel to glory in the Listed contest 12 months ago, the 41-year-old repeated the feat aboard the 4-6 favourite, to complete his brace.

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Anchored at the rear of the four runners early on, the five-year-old got a dream run up the inside rail before forging on and crossing the line a length-and-a-half clear of Danehill Kodiac.

Dobbs said: "We went very slow and he latched on a bit down the hill, as he was very fresh, but he was much the best horse. Michael said he had him nearly spot on his racing weight. He will improve a lot for the run.

"He is a lot stronger this year and is much more relaxed, he is not getting as sweaty as he used to. He is with the right people to have got him back where they need him."

Mirage Dancer was cut to 6-1 for the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot by Paddy Power.

Few horses have given trainer Richard Hannon as many headaches in recent months as Beat Le Bon - but all was forgiven after the one-time 2000 Guineas hope initiated Dobbs' double with a two-length success in the Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap.

Hannon said of the 11-2 winner: "He is a good horse and I thought he was a 2000 Guineas horse. Last year he looked a man against boys and I thought he would be lining up in a Dewhurst - instead he ran in the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy."

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