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PACO Boy brushed off his rivals in the CGA Hungerford Stakes at Newbury with a nonchalant display not dissimilar to Usain Bolt's at the Olympics just a quarter of an hour later.

There may not have been a world record on softish ground in the Group Two event but there was quite a swagger in the step of Richard Hannon's three-year-old, who is now destined for the very top.

Paco Boy has only been beaten twice in eight starts and was stepping up another level again on victory in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

"Ryan was really pleased - he was much better than at Goodwood," said Hannon's son and assistant Richard junior. "He can go anywhere now - the Prix de la Foret or QEII."

Johnny Murtagh teamed up with Sixties Icon to win the CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes.

But the pair were required to fight tooth and nail with Henry Cecil's grey Tempelstern, coming from a long way off the pace and just getting the verdict in a photo finish.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2008
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