Persian Force plots revenge on Ascot in the red-hot Group One Keeneland Stakes against rival Bradsell… with trainer Richard Hannon calling it ‘the best two-year race for YEARS’.
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Richard Hannon will be disappointed if the Persian Force doesn’t avenge its Royal Ascot defeat to Bradsell when they meet again in a red-hot edition of the Group One Keeneland Stakes in the Curragh.
Rossa Ryan’s horse was beaten by a length and a half by Archie Watson-trained, Hollie Doyle-ridden Bradsell in the Coventry Stakes, a race that looks even better after Royal Scotsman ran home last week in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.
Since the royal meeting, the Persian Force has made an improved effort to win the July stakes at Newmarket and will likely have to rise again to come out on top in a lineup that also includes Aidan O’Brien’s Windsor Castle Stakes winner Little Big sits. Bear and his stable mate Blackbeard, who won the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly.
Persian Force (pictured) returns to Ascot, determined to exact revenge on rival Bradsell
Hannon, whose father Richard Sr. won the 1992 race with the Frankie Dettori driven Pips Pride, said: ‘It’s the best two-year race in years. It will be exciting and I will be disappointed if we don’t win. It takes a top horse to defeat the Persian Force.
“He’s the best two-year-old I’ve had in years. He has grown and has grown tremendously since Royal Ascot. The July Stakes has boosted his confidence a lot, he moves like a dream and couldn’t look better.
Bradsell won well at Ascot, but they raced away from each other. I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t think we could reverse the mold, but there’s more than him to worry about.”
So does Johnny Murtagh-trained Shartash, who had to be brave to grab the gaps when he beat Blackbeard by a short head in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June.
Richard Hannon-trained horse (center) is in “the best two-year race in years,” he says
The outcome of the six furlong prize will affect ante bets for next season’s 2,000 Guineas and possibly which foal will ultimately be crowned the 2022 two-year-old champion.
O’Brien has won the race a whopping 17 times, including victories with two of his future 2000 Guineas winners – Johannesburg and George Washington.
The attention will be even greater if Bradsell can maintain his undefeated record, boosting hopes that he could potentially be a contender to give Doyle a first British Classic win after her success at the French Oaks (Prix de Diane) of this season on Nashwa.
Watson has put out positive bulletins about Bradsell, who he has described as the “best I’ve trained in terms of what he’s done at a gallop.”