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  • Super Win For Estidhkaar

666bet Superlative Stakes (Group 2) 7f

  • (2yo, 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 to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 26.73s
  • Off time: 14:40:18
  • Last Updated: July 12 2014, 15:33 BST

Estidhkaar stamped his class on the 666Bet Superlative Stakes at Newmarket with a brilliant display in the hands of Paul Hanagan.

Estidhkaar wins at Newmarket
Estidhkaar wins at Newmarket

Richard Hannon's Newbury maiden winner was the 15-8 favourite stepped up to Group Two level and raced up with the pace from the outset.

Hanagan pressed the button heading inside the last quarter-mile and although it took him a while to fully shake off his rivals, the further he went the better he looked and he was a full four and a half lengths clear passing the post.

Aktabantay ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot, but was not in the same league as the winner.

Cock Of The North was third.

Hanagan said: "I was really pleased with him. We didn't go very quick, but I didn't really want to make it on his first time over seven furlongs. He's still learning.

"When I went for him I really went for him and he put it to bed straight away.

"He wasn't doing a tap in front. I just had to keep him up to his work. There's hardly a blow off him."

Hannon's Ivawood looked the part when winning the July Stakes earlier in the week and Estidhkaar further strengthens the trainer's formidable juvenile team.

He said: "You have to love his long action. He puts his head down and gets on with the job.

"He impressed me and looks like he will get further.

"He did everything wrong the first day, but that can happen.

"We knew he was a smart horse and to be a half-brother to a champion two-year-old (Toormore) he must have an engine.

"Goodwood is a possibility and races like the Dewhurst and the Royal Lodge.

"We have a lot of two-year-olds and it's nice to find the good ones - I love this horse's attitude.

"He shows a really likeable attitude and he'll be a lovely horse for next season.

"He got beaten first time out through immaturity but I didn't expect him to win like that. He surprised me with the manner in which he did it.

"He as an impeccable attitude and has a lovely, relaxed way of racing. We could run over seven furlongs again, go over a mile or back over six furlongs, because you can ride him any way you want as he's so relaxed. He's a gentleman.

"He's a nice Guineas horse for next year."

Sky Bet introduced the winner at 20/1 for the 2000 Guineas and spokesman Michael Shinners said: "He was certainly impressive in quickening away in taking fashion and is another to throw into the mix for next year's opening Classic."