HATTORI THE STORY
Hattori Hanzo rolls off the tongue nicely, and the three-year-old rolled down the Rosehill straight just the same.
Hattori Hanzo ($14) proved too strong for Man of Choice ($14) and Believe ($5.40) in the Phar Lap Stakes.
Ridden by Noel Callow, the gelding is unlikely to head to the Australian Derby, with Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent eyeing a next-up run in the Tulloch Stakes (March 26).
“There’s a lack of mile races at the moment for the three-year-olds and I’ve won this race before, it’s sandwiched between the two Group 1s, so I took the chance on that. He’s a nice horse so we gave him his chance,” Kent said.
Success followed success in the case of Godolphin and Sam Clipperton.
Trainer John O’Shea won both two year old races with Souchez and Calliope, while Clipperton took out the Coolmore Classic on Peeping.
The two then combined to see It’s Somewhat ($8) win the Ajax Stakes from Excess Knowledge ($10) and Dances on Stars ($31).
Godolphin finished with a treble, Clipperton a double.
“We made the bookings and when we saw the race I thought we may have made a bit of a blue here, but it’s good for Sam, he’s been riding a lot of work, he’s a young jockey with his tail in the air and he’s riding really well,” O’Shea said.