The aptly-named Choisir colt Olympic Glory (2c Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) provided owner Julie Wood, trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes with a last-gasp half-length victory in the G2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
“There was only one part of that race that was enjoyable and that was the last stride before the line,” said Richard Hannon jr, assistant to his father.
Wood added: “I thought he was going to get boxed in at one point with about a furlong to go. We were by the winning line so we knew that he had got it but it was the one time that you wanted the winning line to extend and not come closer. He carried his 3lb penalty well and he deserved it. Richard (Hughes) said he had a little difficulty coming round the bend but once he straightened up and got his legs he took off. He obviously gets the seven furlongs well and we’d have to be looking at races like the G1 Dewhurst now.”
“Olympic Glory wasn’t turning round that bend and was hanging badly left. They got racing very early, so I let him find his feet to try and get him running straight rather than hauling him in. Once he did that, he took off. I thought at the two-furlong marker I would get there but then Paul (Hanagan) switched Ghurair and it stopped my run for two strides. After that, he was always going to get there. He got me out of trouble today. He is a good horse without doubt and had a penalty.”
Olympic Glory was bred by Denis McDonnell and sold for £65,000 as a yearling at Doncaster.