ROSSA Ryan celebrated the biggest winner of his career as Duke Of Hazzard continued his recent resurgence in form with victory in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile at Goodwood.
The Paul Cole-trained three-year-old backed up his victory in the Thoroughbred Stakes over course and distance last time out when bringing up the hat-trick in the one-mile prize.
Boxed in momentarily late on, the son of Lope De Vega demonstrated his potent turn of foot once getting daylight and held the the running-on Turgenev by three-quarters of a length.
Ryan said: “I didn’t sleep very well last night. I spent all night on my tablet going through the form and working out how the race would pan out.
“I was pretty confident that I would get to Oisin (Murphy, on Happy Power) eventually, but I could see Rab Havlin (on Turgenev) and other horses in the corner of my eye.
“He dug deep for me. Ever since they have put blinkers on him he has concentrated a lot more.
“I ride a bit for Mr Cole and I’ve been riding for him for a couple of years. When PJ (McDonald) had commitments in York it meant a lot to me to be given the chance and for them to have the faith in me riding a horse of such high profile.”
As for winning trainer Cole, who was celebrating a first victory in the race, he pointed to Duke Of Hazzard’s turn of foot as a key factor in a race that was not run to suit.
The Whatcombe handler said of the 3/1 victor: “He didn’t show that form early in the year, as he had a bit of a seedy toe. He was not finishing his races, as he was feeling it, especially at Haydock when his shoe came off.
“He was a tiny bit unlucky not to win two Listed races last year. He has got what everyone wants, a turn of foot. He met a lot of trouble at the last meeting and his turn of foot got him out of trouble.
“Everything went wrong at Deauville – it never stopped raining and the ground was loose, so we had this an alternative all the way through.
“The race was not really run to suit him as it was too slow and he was difficult to settle, but I’ve no complaints. I just thought when he gets out then he will go.”
Boomer continued to go up in the expectations of owner Andrew Black after taking her career to new heights with victory in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.
Building on an encouraging debut at Haydock with victory last time out at Newbury, the daughter of Kingman made further progress in taking this seven-furlong contest under Richard Kingscote.
Bursting through to take command late on, the Tom Dascombe-trained two-year-old had enough in hand to hold Dark Lady at bay by a neck.
Black said of the 5/2 winner: “I didn’t like her much at the start of the year. I thought she was a bit weak and empty. She has really filled out and is a different horse. She has filled out since Newbury and I love her now.
“He (Kingscote) was very upbeat before the race. He would not hear of defeat. He said he was not worried about anything.
“After the race he said it was no easy for him. She lost her action coming round the bend a bit and she didn’t pick up as quick as previously.
“Once she picked up he felt he was always holding the second. I think she probably wants a mile now. Those races – Rockfel, May Hill and Fillies’ Mile – it will be a combination of those, but she will stay in the UK.”
Boomer was given a 33/1 quote from Paddy Power for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.