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Tuesday, October 3, 2006



HAMOODY HANDED DEWHURST GREEN LIGHT




Peter Chapple-Hyam reveals today that his exciting juvenile Hamoody heads next to Newmarket for the £250,000 Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday, October 14, raising the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with Irish stars Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor on Champions' Day.


The son of Johannesburg is unbeaten in two outings over six furlongs, following an impressive win on his debut at Newmarket's Ritz Club July Festival with a battling head victory over Bodes Galaxy in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on August 4.


The Newmarket trainer said today: "Hamoody definitely runs in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.


"He's in top form and I couldn't be happier with him. I really can't wait for the Dewhurst to come!

"The step up to seven furlongs will certainly suit him and I wouldn't mind if there was any ease in the ground. He's one of those horses that goes on any surface - it all comes the same to him."

Chapple-Hyam, who landed the contest in 1991 with subsequent Epsom Derby hero Dr Devious, also numbers recent impressive Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes victor Dutch Art among his juvenile team, but the two will not be squaring up in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.


He continued: "He and Dutch Art will most likely have to meet at some stage in the future but hopefully I can keep them apart for a bit longer. It's very pleasing to have two such good two-year-olds in the yard.

"Hamoody is a miler who may get a mile and a quarter in time. The Darley Dewhurst will be a very hot race but I'm looking forward to it."

The Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes is one of seven races on a superb programme that makes up Champions' Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 14, also featuring the £350,000 Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.


Group Two action comes with the seven-furlong VC Bet Challenge Stakes and the In The Pink' Rockfel Stakes over seven furlongs for two-year-old fillies, while the Group Three David Wilson Homes Jockey Club Cup over two miles, Group Three Unicorn Asset Management Darley Stakes over nine furlongs and the fiercely competitive £150,000 totesport Cesarewitch Handicap over two miles and two furlongs complete the card.


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