Olympic brings Ascot G1 glory for Choisir
The Richard Hannon-trained Olympic Glory (3c Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) ran out a brilliant winner of the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday to give Choisir another top-level triumph. The three-year-old, winner of last season’s G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, finished three and a quarter lengths clear of his rivals in the £1 million contest under Richard Hughes. He had been beaten a short-head in the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August and the trainer’s son and assistant, Richard Hannon jnr, felt that the rain-softened ground suited Olympic Glory. "He's always shown his best on soft ground, even in his juvenile days, so we thought today's conditions would suit perfectly," said Hannon jnr. "He has shown how good he is today. They went very fast and that helped him. He travelled very well and we are very pleased. "He's travelled so well throughout the race and when Hughsie pressed the button, he's put the race to bed nicely." Owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani was also delighted for the horse and heaped praise on the Hannon/Hughes combination. "Richard (Hannon) was confident with the horse and we were confident too. I think that Richard Hughes did a great job on him,” said Sheikh Joaan. "We have great stock to come next year - we have good two-year-olds and good yearlings - and hopefully next year we can continue this great teamwork." The success was not a surprise to Hughes, who added: “We were pretty confident coming into the race. In these Group One races you don't get an inch, and if you're not travelling you get done, rather than the other way around. He travelled really well and from two out he was always going to win. When you're clear in a Group One you don't look around - you keep going!" Olympic Glory was bred by Denis McDonnell at Parkway Farm in Ireland and was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for £65,000 as a yearling at Doncaster.