Hototo too hot to handle
Thursday 23 August 2012
1 Hototo (P Makin) 10-1
2 Well Acquainted (John Fahy) 33-1
3 Body And Soul (D Allan) 8-1
Royal Ascot winner Hototo bounced back to winning form in the valuable DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York to give Kevin Ryan and Phillip Makin back-to-back victories in the race.
Following on from Bogart 12 months ago, the Windsor Castle winner relished the step up to six furlongs for the first time. On the pace throughout, he looked to have lost his chance when Body And Soul and Well Acquainted went by him inside the final furlong.
However, Hototo showed plenty of guts to battle back and beat Well Acquainted by a neck, with half a length back to Super Sprint winner Body And Soul.
Makin told Channel 4 Racing: "It's great for the yard to be winning races like that. I was looking for a lead but he is so enthusiastic out there up front and saw it out to the end. Even at Ascot he was crying out for the extra furlong. He really knuckled down and got the trip well."
Ryan said: "I had him in the Gimcrack but with the amount of money on offer, it was a no-brainer and he had to come here. He doesn't know when to lie down and the others came to him with enough time for him to get back up again.
"The way he finished, you'd say he wants seven furlongs. I might look at the Redcar race (Two-Year-Old Trophy) Bogart won last year."