Chindit makes it two from two in Listed BetfredTv Pat Eddery Stakes

Chindit (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs, 15/2) now has two wins from as many starts following his success in the Listed BetfredTv Pat Eddery Stakes over seven furlongs.

The Wootton Bassett colt, who made a winning debut at Doncaster on 5 July, made progress to get into a challenging position a furlong out and stayed on resolutely to take the honours by a length and three-quarters from Cobh (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby, 20/1). The 3/1 favourite Naval Crown (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) was another length and a half away in third.

It was a 58.5/1 double for both trainer and jockey following the first race success of Mohawk King.

Richard Hannon said: “Chindit won very well first time; generally if ours do win first time, they are pretty good. He worked very well during the week, and I thought he was very impressive just then.

“He looked like a horse who will get a mile no problem, and he won with some authority. I had him in the Vintage Stakes [at Glorious Goodwood] and I nearly thought of going there instead, and my Dad said this morning, ‘you’ll be going to a novice, maybe’, and I thought that achieves nothing, so we have come here and he has done it very well.

“Where we go from here, there are obviously loads of options, but he will have to go big, so to speak.

“He has sort of come out of nowhere. He was just doing his thing at home; he wasn’t flashy. He moved nicely. I thought early on he would have come to hand a little bit sooner, but we have taken our time with him and he has done very well for it. But every time he has done a piece of work, you’ve been like, ‘ooof, that’s alright’, and he has done it again here. He worked with Etonian during the week, and I thought it was a very, very good piece of work, and Etonian went and did that [won impressively at Sandown on July 23], so I thought Chindit would have a good chance here.”

Pat Dobbs added: “Chindit was very professional again. He was drawn low [1] and he didn’t jump that quick so I dropped in and he settled in nicely. He travelled through the race extremely well.

“The fast ground was a big help to him, as he is such a good, athletic mover. He has a good head on his shoulders and has all the attributes you want. He will get a mile.”

“Mohawk King’s work has been very good at home since we got him, he is the same as that fella [Chindt], he loves the fast ground, travels super; it was pretty easy stuff for me, anyway.

“We have not had Snow Lantern (second in race two today) in that long, she is a lovely filly, a big filly, a lot like her mother (G1 winner Sky Lantern).

“She jumped slow and it took her 100 yards to get going and I was too far back really, I was behind Ryan and he wasn’t really travelling. I went to go around Ryan but there was a strong wind so I had to take back and wait another furlong before I could make a challenge, and she got to the line very strong. She has a bright future.”

Of the late champion jockey Pat Eddery of whom the Listed Winkworth Stakes has been re-named, Dodds said: “God, we used to call him. He was always in good form, I never saw him down. A lovely man.”

And of the in-form Hannon team, Dodds reported: “We have lots of horses we have not run yet and are looking forward to them.”

1.50pm BetfredTv Pat Eddery Stakes (Listed) 7f

1 Chindit – Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Pat Dobbs 17/2

2 Cobh – Clive Cox 2-9-03 Adam Kirby 20/1

3 Naval Crown – Charlie Appleby 2-9-03 William Buick 3/1 Fav

Winner owned by Michael Pescod

Breeding: b c Wootton Bassett – Always A Dream (Oasis Dream)

Breeder: J C Bloodstock & R Mahon

Time: 1m 27.70s

Distances: 1¾, 1½  

Tote: Win: £8.30 Places: £2.10, £3.40, £1.40 Exacta: £94.9