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Hannon hones team for latest Sprint bid; Trainer likely to be double-handed in quest for win eight.

Byline: Neil Morrice

RICHARD HANNON'S bid for an eighth win in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday appears to rest largely on the shoulders of unbeaten colts Eureka and Redact, with the trainer unable to split the pair.

Hannon, who has sent out four of the last eight winners the 5f contest and trains six of the 38 horses left in the race, is yet to decide on the participation of Airborne Again, Magic City and Right Result, while he considers his filly Amis Reunis to be a lively outsider.

Eureka, who will be ridden by Richard Hughes, is two wins from two starts, having opened his account at Nottingham before a comfortable success at Salisbury. Redact, the mount of Ryan Moore, boasts a similar record with wins at Lingfield and Salisbury from his two starts.

Hannon said: "Eureka has arguably the best form and, although he's stepping back in trip, I think he has the class to cope with that. I think Redact has a real good chance too. He's shown loads of speed and was impressive at Salisbury. I'd find it hard to split them."

Assessing his other entries, Hannon added: "Airborne Again is a likely runner but I can't be sure until he's worked midweek. I'm undecided about Magic City.

"Right Result is a possible but Amir Reunis definitely goes having won her maiden with a bit in hand. She has every right to be in there as she goes well."

Richard Fahey also has six entries and the precocious Lily's Angel looks the pick of his team. She is set to be ridden by stable jockey Paul Hanagan.

The trainer said: "Alejandro has a little bit more weight and Boudoir may well not get in, but I shall run Ebony Clarets, who works particularly well at home.

"Paul will probably ride Lily's Angel, although I'm a bit worried about the trip as it's shorter than ideal for her. Rain would help as soft ground might slow some of the others down a bit."

Fahey believes Pen Bal Crag should not be underestimated, adding: "He's improving all the time and I would be disappointed if he didn't go well."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2011
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