Racing: Hannon's Dream sequence

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AMAZING DREAM survived a stewards' inquiry at the Curragh yesterday to give Richard Hannon, her trainer an incredible third successive victory in the pounds 150,000 Tattersalls Breeders Stakes.

A sequence initiated by Miss Stamper in 1996, and continued by Another Fantasy 12 months ago, was maintained in the valuable six- furlong event for two-year-olds, as the 9-2 chance hit the front two furlongs out and then held a series of challengers at bay in the hands of Dane O'Neill to score by half a length. Amazing Dream drifted left under pressure in the last half- furlong and connections had to survive an inquiry before the celebrations could begin.

O'Neill said: "I walked the course before racing and knew I was drawn on the faster side in stall nine. Amazing Dream was always dictating for me and kept going bravely."

The winning trainer's son, Richard jnr, added: "She has earned a rest. Perhaps we might think about a Group race abroad later on."

Similar aspirations are entertained for Sicnee, who continued David Loder's run of success with two-year-olds owned by the Maktoum family when landing the Listed Prix du Haras de la Huderie at Deauville in France.

Maktoum Al Maktoum's pale colt, whose name is Arabic for ghost, came with a late burst to snatch the seven-furlong event from Mick Channon's Diggit, with two lengths separating the British-trained pair in the five- runner contest.

Sicnee had previously been runner-up at Sandown to Sir Michael Stoute's well-regarded colt Fantastic Light, in the same ownership.

Loder, who is due to move to France later this year to train the Godolphin team's juveniles at Evry, near Paris, said: "Sicnee's got a lot of speed and we will look for a Group race for him next."

The Newmarket trainer runs his unbeaten two-year-old filly Kareymah in the Group Three Prix du Calvados at Deauville today.

There was no joy for the British runners in the eight-furlong Group Three Prix Quincey, which went to the eight-year-old Perfect Vintage.

The two screws that the Shirley Heights gelding required in his right cannon bone appeared not to dampen the 11-1 outsider's zest for racing as he came home under a hard drive from Yutaka Take to deny Sand Falcon by half a length.

The Sean Woods-trained Green Card was a short-head back in third, with Godolphin's Allied Forces fourth after leading for much of the race. Mark Johnston's Princely Heir was only fifth in the seven-runner field.