Sunday, 15 July 2012
: Royal Ascot runner-up Olympic Glory went one place better in the 32Red.com Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
Richard Hannon's juvenile was the 6-4 favourite on the strength of his close second behind Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes and was ridden with confidence by Richard Hughes.
The unbeaten Maxentius looked the likely winner when cruising to the front two furlongs down, but Olympic Glory picked him up readily and in the end it was Birdman who emerged as the biggest threat. He was finishing fast, but Olympic Glory held on by a head.
Maxentius was a further length and three-quarters away in third.
"I wasn't sure about the ground but he's by Choisir
, who is a good stallion, and they go on everything." Hughes said.
"He just missed a few days earlier in the week and blew up a bit in the last 100 yards. He had a problem with his foot, but he came back and we were lucky."
Assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior added: "He only just got the seven (furlongs) there, but it was a good effort and you have to say that the Coventry form looks strong.
"I suppose you'd have to start thinking about the Dewhurst with him now and maybe the race at Goodwood King Torus won a couple of years ago (the Vintage Stakes)."
Birdman's trainer David Simcock said: "I'm delighted with the run. He just got a bit tapped for toe. There are plenty of races for him and he'll be running over a mile by the end of the year."