Superlative success for Mystery Power at Newmarket

Oisin Murphy comes back in on Mystery Power
Oisin Murphy comes back in on Mystery Power

Mystery Power added to Richard Hannon's July Festival success with an impressive performance in the bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

This was Hannon's fourth victory of the meeting and the 250,000gns yearling was too strong for a good field despite showing signs of greenness in the latter stages.

Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano came out of the pack to give the winner most to do, but Mystery Power pulled out more under Oisin Murphy to win by a length at the line, with Maxi Boy third.

Speaking from Ascot, Hannon said: "He is a lovely colt and it didn't surprise us when he won first time out, but we have taken our time with him.

"Getting racing from a long way (out) would have probably helped him a bit. He won well and is a proper horse.

"He is a very straightforward horse, he has proved that again and is a horse that we have always liked.

"Seven furlongs is clearly no problem for him, but a mile is what he will want. I seem to have a lot of seven-furlong two-year-olds as opposed to the fast fireballs. We have some lovely juveniles and they are coming along nicely.

"We will now have to look at races like the Vintage and the Dewhurst and we will be giving him some more entries now."

Murphy added: "He is a super little horse. I felt James (Doyle on King's Command) controlled the race in the centre of the track and I was happy just to get a little tow and keep it pretty simple.

"I liked him. He is very tough and professional and at this stage you have to be pleased. He clearly got seven really well and he hit the line strongly."

Kevin Ryan said of Juan Elcano: "The ground was no problem, he just ran a little bit green into the dip and he got a little unbalanced and Andrea (Atzeni) just had to wait for him to find his stride again.

"The winner had gone, but he has finished out the race really well. He is a lovely horse for the future. There are no immediate plans. I will speak to the owner then make a plan."

Sky Bet went 16/1 from 25s about the winning son of No Nay Never for next year's 2000 Guineas.

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