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Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes (Group 2) 7f

  • (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288 5th £2,152 6th £1,080
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 22.74s
  • Off time: 14:07:19
  • Last Updated: October 9 2011, 17:14 BST

Strong Suit cruised home under Richard Hughes in the Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.

Strong Suit: Easy winner at HQ
Strong Suit: Easy winner at HQ

The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old sat just off the pace set by Across The Rhine and took up the running with two furlongs to go.

Once Hughes asked him to quicken he shot clear in the final furlong to record a very easy four and a half length win.

Hughes said: "He was very impressive. "I got a lovely lead off the Irish horse (Across The Rhine), we went very quick.

"He's got so much speed, he's an easy ride.

"I'd say he's made for the Breeders' Cup. He wants rock hard ground and under pressure he can go left so we're going the right way."

The fillies Maqaasid and Chachamaidee fought it out for the minor places, with the latter, trained by Sir Henry Cecil's, just taking second.

Ladbrokes immediately went 3/1 about Richard Hannon's star for the Breeders' Cup Mile following this eye-catching Group Two victory.

Sky Bet go 5/1 from 8s, whilst Stan James go 4/1 from 6s. William Hill are 5/1 about the son of Rahy.

Hannon added: "He's a very good horse now, he could win over five, six or seven furlongs.

"We were so disappointed after the Greenham we had to do something, so we checked his wind and thankfully they found a problem.

"I can't say anything bad about him, he's a lovely horse to deal with.

"I think the Breeders' Cup Mile is the plan, we'll have to check with Mr (David) Redvers (owner's racing manager)."

Redvers added: "He was bought for the Breeders' Cup and thankfully he's got over the first hurdle.

"I'd have thought he'd run in the Breeders' Cup Mile and then go to Tweenhills Stud but he does have a very sporting owner so we'll see what happens."

Connections were delighted with Chachamaidee with Damien Evans, representing his brother Tony who owns her, saying: "We're very pleased with that. She's had seven runs and has been placed every time. She settles much better now and I'd think she'll stay in training."

In contrast Maqaasid could have run her last race, Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, saying: "Normally Sheikh Hamdan retires three-year-old fillies at the end of the year, and as the winner of a Group race who was third in the Guineas, that will be her future."

Trainer John Gosden added: "I'm very pleased with her, it was a very good, solid run."