Lennox knockout for Chachamaidee
Tuesday 31 July 2012
1 Chachamaidee (T Queally) 5-4 Fav
2 Libranno (R Hughes) 11-2
3 Mac Love (J Doyle) 40-1
By Ashley Wishaw
Chachamaidee once again started slowly but she had no problems finishing when Sir Henry Cecil’s mare took the Lennox Stakes under Tom Queally.
It was the first time the five-year-old had raced against male rivals but under a confident ride by the Irishman she beat Libranno by a length and a half. Mac Love ran a huge race to be third at 40-1.
It was the second victory for Queally, set to partner Frankel in the Sussex Stakes tomorrow, and made up for Chachamaidee’s defeat in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“She was just a little slowly away,” Queally said after his 7.44-1 double. “She was a bit unlucky at Ascot over a mile but, over seven furlongs, it’s nice that we finally hit the bullseye.”
It was the second time Chachamaidee had started slowly but Queally did not panic and once he asked her to stretch in the straight, she showed her trademark acceleration.
“They went a lovely gallop and it suited me,” Queally added. “She quickened up nicely. She has got a great turn of foot. Fillies have a bad enough record in this race, so it was nice for a mare like her to win it.”
Richrad Hannon was delighted with Libranno’s run and will aim the four-year-old at the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Arc day in October.
“The seven furlongs would suit him there,” Hannon said. “We had a bit of trouble in running, which you would expect around here. I though the winner was always going to win but I think we might have been a better second.”