Olympic Glory (4c Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) bagged G1 success for a third successive season when coming home first in the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The brilliant son of Choisir, winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a two-year-old and the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last season, came home two and a quarter lengths clear of Tullius to claim the famous mile contest on his seasonal comeback.
Olympic Glory has now won or finished second on 10 of his 12 starts and trainer Richard Hannon admitted the victory was a relief.
“I felt a bit of pressure today but to see him travel and win like that is hugely encouraging,” said Hannon. “These are the good horses that really get (owner) Sheikh Joaan going and they get us all going. They don’t come along very often and it’s important to run them and enjoy them when they are there. He handles soft ground better than most horses but he doesn’t need it, he acted on this well today and goes on pretty much anything.
“He’s in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes and the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot but we have Toronado (4c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) in there as well so we’ll have to see.”
The victory was a 200th Group 1 success for jockey Frankie Dettori, who added: “I thought there might not be much pace but they went a good gallop, I just followed them and it was as easy as riding work. His form is rock solid, he goes on any ground, he’s a great ride and is a jockey’s dream. He doesn’t pull and you know he’ll quicken when you press the button.
“I was on by far the best horse and I took no chances. I could have gone whenever I wanted, he has a great kick and he put the race to bed straightaway.
“I’ll be surprised if he’s not one of the best milers around by the end of the year again. He’s got his mate Toronado to deal with but it’s nice to have two horses who bring so much joy to everybody.”
Olympic Glory was bred by Denis McDonnell at Parkway Farm in County Cork and sold for £65,000 as a yearling at Doncaster to Peter and Ross Doyle.