Racing: Brief Glimpse foils Hannon trio

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DAVID beat Goliath at Newbury yesterday when Brief Glimpse, from the small yard of a rookie trainer, held off the multiple challenge of Richard Hannon's mighty stable for the day's richest prize.

The two-year-old Taufan filly, with Michael Hills putting up 2lb overweight, won the Weatherbys Super Sprint Trophy by about an inch for the second-season man David Chappell and his enthusiastic syndicate of owners.

The Hannon-trained trio of Femme Savante, Options Open and Veuve Hoornaert filled the next three places, followed by Malafemmena and Endless Wave. The result epitomised the concept of the race, inaugurated four years ago and restricted to horses bought for less than 30,000gns at auction to give the ordinary owner the chance of a big payday for a small outlay. Brief Glimpse, now unbeaten in three races, cost just 5,200gns as a yearling and yesterday earned pounds 69,000.

Chappell, based at Blewbury, Oxfordshire, said: 'This was the plan as soon as she began to show us what she could do earlier in the year, and it is a fantastic result for a little stable like ours.'

Brief Glimpse, a 7-2 shot, took up the running two furlongs out and had just enough in reserve to hold Femme Savante, who is more effective over six furlongs than the minimum trip. The winner and the 3-1 favourite Loveyoumillions, who showed early speed and finished 11th, were backed to the exclusion of almost everything else.

Cheaply bought does not mean bad, as the names of the three previous winners of this contest - Paris House, Lyric Fantasy and Risky (the last two trained by Hannon) - demonstrate.

But the easy winner of the next race, Flowerdrum, provided a complete contrast to the bargain basement. A Sadler's Wells half-sister to Last Tycoon, she cost Robert Sangster 410,000gns.

The weekend of the Open golf, Above The Cut was a topical tip for the Donnington Castle Stakes, which often throws up a decent horse, and duly obliged. The Topsider colt, owned and trained by Peter Harris, took up the running nearly two furlongs out and battled on well to beat the considerately ridden newcomer Crystal Blade. The hot favourite, the Royal Ascot-placed Missel, was only fourth.

At Newmarket, another Hills - Michael's twin brother Richard - won the big handicap, the Food Brokers Trophy, on Bintalshaati. The honest, improving Kris filly was in command throughout the final two furlongs and ran on well to thwart the favourite Paonic, ridden by John Reid after a mid-afternoon dash by air from Newbury, by three lengths.

Half an hour earlier, Wandesta took Frankie Dettori on to the 150 mark.

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