King Of Change wins the Fortune Stakes at Sandown

Richard Hannon’s 2000 Guineas runner-up King returned to Acquire Against the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes.

While many might have been enticed to hit while the iron was hot with King Of Change (11-4), who had been sent off at 66-1 for its Classic, Hannon chose the patient strategy.
He was keen to give lots of time to Farhh’s son to get those exertions as Sean Levey always seemed confident, riding him out to beat favorite Turgenev by a period and a quarter after such a large career and his decision was honored.
Paddy Power Of Change is entered in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and cut from 20s to 12-1 king.
“We’re pleased, he’s been working very well and it’s great to see that he run into a big race,” said Hannon.
“He will have had that, he’s been off a while so that it was gratifying.
“He’s got several nice entries and they are all chances right now. He will appreciate a little give in the floor and next year will be his season.
“We’ve an original horse to go in the fall with. It was fine for him to demonstrate that the Guineas moment was not a fluke.”
Palace Pier remained unbeaten, as his odds of 1-8 indicated he needs to, in the Max Patel Wealth Manager.
Frankie Dettori wanted to keep things simple on the colt of John Gosden and Palace Pier pulled four and a half lengths clear while Mars Landing temporarily threatened to make a rush of it.
Dettori told TV:”He was lively today. Then I needed to produce the running and he messed around at the stalls and that he looked at all, but that was why we brought him here – for experience.
“We didn’t need to throw in at the deep end yet, but he has learnt a bit more now and he could be improved next time.
“He is a fantastic horse right now, but when he’s special, I do not understand yet. That which is in the right location, but he’s still a work in progress”
Dettori and Gosden afterwards made it a treble when reliving Rhythms (5-2 favourite) got going late to win the Stelrad Radiator Group Fillies’ Handicap and Sucellus (100-30) was a narrow winner of the Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap.
After that he made a debut in the Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes oisin Murphy spoke very highly of Via De Vega.
Second looked but Via De Vega started to fly, on meeting the rising floor.
The 14-1 shot has been gaining with every stride and poked to win by a brain.
“The boss really liked him . I hadn’t sat on him before today, but it was about a nice education so that it’s brilliant he had been good enough to win,” said Murphy.
“He jumped a little slow and that I was only hoping to teach him. At the bottom of the right, I did not believe I could acquire so I do my very best, but I was not going to give him a tough time.
“He picked up very well all of the way to the line and I guess it had been an eyecatching performance. I’m very enthusiastic about him. These are the horses that cause you to escape bed in the morning”

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