Hannon may record treble


RICHARD HANNON could be the trainer to follow at Windsor this evening. The Marlborough trainer teams up with former champion jockey Pat Eddery three times and should land a treble.

Bagshot ran a reasonable race when sixth over seven furlongs at Brighton in mid-April on his second run of the year, but should improve when tackling a more suitable extended mile trip in the Portland Outdoor Advertising Claiming Stakes.

Clemente dead-heated for second with Frezeliere in a 10 furlongs handicap at Salisbury in the opening week of May. That was a fair contest - Nador, a close second in the London Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday, was behind Clemente - and he is another who should appreciate the extra distance he encounters here in the OK! Weekly Star Handicap.

The treble can be sealed when Cherry Blossom lands the Marie Claire Fillies' Conditions Stakes half an hour later. She made all to land a well-contested maiden on her debut by three and a half lengths with Saturday's winner March Star well-beaten in third. A reproduction of that can see her home.

At Bath, Braveheart is napped in the Timeform Racecard Juvenile Conditions Stakes. The scale of this race - just four line up - isn't going to stir the blood too much, but in Pelham, Braveheart has both a worthy opponent and a rival who will help to form a reasonable market and possibly and exciting contest.

Braveheart is a half-brother to Triumph Hurdle winner Kissair and looked a useful sort when fourth on his debut at Leicester - a performance which, considering he looked burly and is bred to stay middle distances, was very creditable.

He confirmed that promise when powering home in a five furlongs maiden at Thirsk in the first week of May and stepped up again on that effort when outpointed by useful newcomer Natalia Bay at Windsor last Monday.

Braveheart is a strong individual who appears to be improving with experience. In time, he should improve further over six and seven furlongs but at the moment five seems to be bringing out plenty of natural talent.

The Barry Hills-trained Story Line proved an odds-on failure at San Siro yesterday, finishing a disappointing seventh in the Group One Oaks d'Italia, won by Germignaga.