Ivawood poised to complete hat-trick in Richmond Stakes

Ivawood can further enhance his classic credentials by landing the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood today (2.35).

The Richard Hannon trained colt is currently 12/1 market leader with Coral for next year’s 2,000 Guineas after creating a huge impression in his two races to date.

The strapping son of Zebedee strode clear on debut at Sandown to beat Magical Memory by 2 1/4 lengths, and then took the step up into Group company in his stride when running out the impressive winner of the July Stakes at Newmarket.

Ivawood cruised along at the head of affairs in the latter, before quickening clear inside the final furlong under a hands and heels ride to easily beat Jungle Cat by 2 3/4 lengths.

It was a performance which oozed class, and comparisons have already been made between him and stable companion Toronado who created the same impression as a juvenile before developing into a top Group 1 performer.

Ivawood does have to shoulder a 3lb penalty for that Group 2 success, but such is his physique it should not be a problem.

Jockey Richard Hughes has also made no secret that he believes Ivawood is his “banker” of the meeting, and there is abosultely no reason why his mount should not confirm the July Stakes form with Jungle Cat.

The main danger to Ivawood completing the hat-trick could well be the Mick Channon trained Moonraker.

The colt has not been seen since making a winning debut at Ascot back in May, where he beat Mubtaghaa by a neck in a race which has worked out well.

The runner-up went on to win his maiden before finishing a fine third to Hootenanny in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the third home Winsili subsequently scored at Haydock in a race which has thrown-up subsequent winners including runner-up Baitha Alga who has gone to to land the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom and Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That is really strong form, and makes Moonraker a major player if fit and ready to roll after 82 days on the sidelines.