Tanqueray Richmond Stakes (Group 2)

The shift in the season has begun. Our thoughts will more and more turn to the two-year old’s as summers high begins to wane. This race will be the tenth Group 2 already this season in Europe for juveniles.

The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot won by Power and The Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-laffite won in impressive style by Family One last Sunday, has set the standard for two-year old males regarding next year classics.

Ten go to post here led by Harbour Watch for the Richard Hannon stable. He is already a leading fancy for next years 2000 Guineas based on two good performance’s, the last of which came in a conditions event at Newmarket. There he accounted for Burwaaz by 4 1/2 L, form that now looks good after his second in the Molecomb Stakes here on Tuesday.

Bannock is the most experienced in the field having had six visits to the racecourse to date. Down the field in the Norfolk Stakes he improved well to take third in the July Stakes last time out, both Group 2 contests.

Saigon unbeaten in two including at listed level last time where he accounted for Casper Netscher and Factory Time looks to be a colt with a future. The vanquished both re-oppose here having gone down a neck and 1 3/4 L last time.

Eureka also representing Richard Hannon who is looking to win this for a fourth year in a row will be ridden by Ryan Moore. He steps back up in trip having failed over the minimum trip last time.

Jamie Spencer is employed here under his retainer for the Hay family on Parc De Launay. He is a winner of two minor events for the Tom Tait stable and will have to step up considerably to get in the mix here. That will also be the case for Silverheels.

Bogart, a once raced colt for Kevin Ryan is clearly well regarded as he has been given a decent break since his Ayr success in May.

Brian Meehan’s Right To Dream is an improving type who won comfortably by 5 L last time out. His run prior to that was a second to Roman Soldier who then chased home Power in the Coventry. The form was franked further with Roman Soldier going on to be second to Fredrick Engels in the July Stakes.

It’s unlikely we will get a major surprise here but if there is one to break the Hannon stranglehold it will be because Brian Meehan has a Right To Dream.

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