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Horse Racing: Piece of Cake for Hannon.

Byline: LARRY LYNX'S Talk of the Downs

THERE'S pounds 135,000 prize money up for grabs in next Saturday's highly competitive Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury - but the juvenile contest could be another cake-walk for trainer Richard Hannon.

Since the race was first run in 1991, Hannon has collected a remarkable six times - and five of his winners have been fillies.

Hannon has 10 entries this time, headed by his speedy filly Cake.

Weights for the Super Sprint are determined according to sale price, with an allowance awarded of one pound for each 2,500 guineas paid under 40,000 guineas.

Cake has proved to be a bargain buy at 13,000gns. She gets in the Newbury race with a handy 8st 2lb and looks a snip on the strength of her close-up fifth behind Elletelle in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Successful at Lingfield and Salisbury on her first two starts, Cake showed excellent speed at Ascot - but then found the combination of six furlongs and soft ground too much when down the field behind Polar Circle at Newmarket.

Back to the minimum trip at Newbury, Cake can show her true colours for the race specialist Hannon, who first won the Super Sprint with Lyric Fantasy in 1991.

Risky, Miss Stamper, Presto Vento, If Paradise (the only colt) and Lady Livius have all done the business since.

Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan has a filly of his own who could give the Hannon team something to think about.

He fancies his chances with Fanatical, even though she was three places behind Cake in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

"I think the race will really suit Fanatical, so I'd be hopeful of a big run," says Vaughan.

"She has 8st 3lb and I'm happy with that as she's a little filly who will appreciate a lighter weight."

Fanatical won well at Newbury on her debut, and that Ascot run shows she is on the upgrade... but she may be biting off more than she can chew against Cake.

Peter Chapple-Hyam likes to run some of his best two-year-olds at Newbury - and it will be worth watching his runners at next weekend's meeting.

One who could be in line for a first run there is Amaakin. This colt by Gone West cost 375,000 dollars and has been showing plenty of ability in his work.

A two-year-old for the notebook from last week's July meeting at Newmarket is the Barry Hills-trained Hunt The Bottle, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hunt The Bottle was slowly away on his debut, but came flying through at the finish to take third spot behind Spanish Bounty. He'll know his job next time.

LARRY LYNX'S 3 TO FOLLOW

MONDAY ENGLISHTOWN (3.45 Newton Abbot)

TUESDAY CIRCLE OF LOVE (7.55 Yarmouth)

WEDNESDAY FRENCH OPERA (2.10 Uttoxeter)
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2007
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