Racing: Hannon spot on

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ON Cup final day the football-loving Right Win scored here in the day's big race, the Aston Park Stakes. The big brown colt, whose excitable temperament is calmed by having footballs to play with at home in his stable, tackled Persian Brave and Corrouge a furlong from home, kicking them out of the way with a fine burst of speed. He hit the post three and a half lengths clear.

Richard Hannon was delighted with his star striker, whose end-of-season goal is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He said: 'He's a bit of a lad at home, which is why we give him footballs to play with. We're frightened he'll hurt himself when he barges around and climbs the walls, and the balls give him something to kick.'

The Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Corrouge set out in front to make the mile- and-five contest a true test of stamina, joined by Persian Brave half a mile out. The pair battled head-to-head down the straight, but Right Win was going easily close behind and when Pat Eddery pulled him out and asked for the race, the response was immediate and decisive. The improving son of Law Society, a soft-ground specialist, was giving Persian Brave 9lb, having beaten him a neck here last month at 6lb deficit. Hannon added: 'We'll follow the ground with him. We made the Arc entry for him the other day and by the autumn he could be a serious horse.'

Two potentially very nice two-year-old newcomers fought out the finish of the opener, the Hatherden Maiden Fillies Stakes, won last year by Velvet Moon, a runner in today's French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp.

The market leader Ginger Tree, in Sheikh Mohammed's colours, shrugged off injury to get the better of Fahd Salman's Western Reel in the last few strides, gamely rallying under pressure after being headed in the final furlong.

Her trainer, Peter Chapple-Hyam, revealed: 'She banged her shin badly overnight, which was a worry. We had ice on it all morning, even in the box travelling here.'

Ginger Tree was the fifth juvenile winner from six runners for Chapple-Hyam. The master of Manton was just as pleased with yesterday's news from Ireland, where his soft- ground specialist Turtle Island runs in the local 2,000 Guineas this afternoon. He said: 'Adrian Maxwell phoned me earlier to let me listen to the rain. It's absolutely pelting down at The Curragh.'

At Bangor, the day's only jumps meeting, Richard Dunwoody scored on Merlin's Wish to take his score to 180, one ahead of Adrian Maguire. The pair resume battle at Fontwell tomorrow.

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