Persian Force takes July Stakes while Dettori and Gosden enjoy winning return

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Six years to the day after Mehmas, his sire, took the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket, Persian Force ran out an easy winner of the same raceand while Mehmas was retired to stud at the end of his juvenile career, Richard Hannon, who trained both colts, is already thinking ahead to the Classics next spring.

Thursday’s race lost a little of its sparkle when Little Big Bear, the winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, was scratched due to concerns about the ground and Persian Force, the runner-up in the Coventry Stakes the previous day, was sent off as the 1-2 favourite as a result. There was not a moment when his backers had much doubt that they would collect, as Rossa Ryan hit the front a quarter of a mile out and crossed the line nearly two lengths in front of Show Respect, a 33-1 outsider.

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Written by Greg Wood at Newmarket
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/07/persian-force-wins-july-stakes-as-richard-hannon-looks-to-classics under the title “Persian Force takes July Stakes while Dettori and Gosden enjoy winning return”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.