Happy Romance shines again at Newbury in Hackwood Stakes


Comfortable Romance bounced proper again to her finest within the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

Winner of the Tremendous Dash on this card 12 months in the past, the filly was solely narrowly crushed at Sandown final day trip however she had typically been operating under the shape which made her such a favorite of Richard Hannon’s final season.

Together with the Tremendous Dash she received one other gross sales race at York and a Group Three at Sandown, earlier than ending a creditable fourth behind Alcohol Free within the Cheveley Park.

Bar a win on the all-weather this season Comfortable Romance has struggled, however again on a faster floor she proved she retained all her previous potential and maybe a bit extra when seeing off final 12 months’s winner Tabdeed and Diligent Harry.

Diligent Harry tried to make all, however Tabdeed breezed by with a furlong to run, just for Comfortable Romance to swamp them each. Diligent Harry snatched second again proper on the road. As he has been all her profession, Sean Levey was on board.

Profitable proprietor Ray McMurray, who obtained a rapturous reception when selecting up the trophy, mentioned: “After Sandown we thought there was one thing there, however she simply hasn’t had her floor all season.

“We thought she had each probability in the present day, we had been cautiously optimistic because the final time we had this kind of going was within the Tremendous Dash final 12 months.

“That is higher although, final 12 months there have been 10 folks right here!

“Richard all the time mentioned she’s educated on, however he really mentioned the concern is likely to be crowds as none of final 12 months’s two-year-olds had ever seen one.

“She needed to show it in the present day and now we’d go to Goodwood and tackle Battaash, I believe she deserves to.”

Comfortable Romance was lower to 14-1 from 25s for the King George Stakes at Goodwood by Paddy Energy.


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