Champion trainer Richard Hannon is doubly represented in this afternoon’s Duke Of York Stakes on the Knavesmire with Libranno and Elnawin. Libranno made his reappearance this season over a mile in heavy ground and is expected to be much better suited by conditions on his return to sprinting.
His son said "It was barely raceable at Sandown, where Libranno (16/1 to win Duke of York Stakes) disappointed last time, but we know he is better than that and six furlongs suits him as well as seven. Elnawin has been off with injury since he won by eight lengths at Salisbury last June, and he will probably need this comeback race."
They will be up against the Richard Fahey trained second favourite Mayson (7/2 to win Duke of York Stakes). After finishing third behind The Cheka at Doncaster on his reappearance he was a good winner of the Abernant Stakes at the Craven meeting and he returned to Headquarters last time out. Dropping down to five furlongs for the Palace House Stakes, he showed good speed from a bad draw to win again.
Fahey said "He's in great order at the moment and he knows how to win now. He's progressing the right way, he's won a Listed race, a Group Three and now he's in a Group Two. The ground should be fine, he goes on anything. He seems as effective over five furlongs or six, but if I had a choice I think he's better over six. He's in both races at Ascot, but we'll get this out of the way first."