GBI RACING

Richard Hannon aiming high with Cumberland Lodge hero Danehill Kodiac

Danehill Kodiac(left) gets the better of Waldgeist to win the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot

Richard Hannon has lofty targets in mind for Danehill Kodiac next year after he kept French Derby runner-up Waldgeist at bay to land the Group Three spoils in the Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

The four-year-old made all the running in game style for Sean Levey and pulled out extra in the closing stages when Andre Fabre's raider produced a late effort as the 4-7 favourite.

A previous course and distance winner, Danehill Kodiac (8-1) set a decent pace and soon had the field well strung out.

The pack found it hard to get to the leader, who was still a neck in front at the line. Waldgeist, who had not run since finishing fourth in the Irish Derby 98 days ago, could not quite get there after being held up by Vincent Cheminaud for much of the mile-and-a-half contest.

Secret Number was a length and three-quarters away in third.

Hannon said: "He had problems earlier in the year and that is why he missed a good section of the first part of the year. He's done very well and he will stay in training and hopefully will win some very nice races.

"He rarely runs a bad race and he sticks his head out and tries very hard. He (Waldgeist) is a very good horse, but for some reason he didn't pick him up. I thought he was coming to beat us, but then my horse is an older horse and he is only three.

"I will speak to the owner, but we might be thinking of going to Dubai. I'd like to think of something like the Coronation Cup next year for him, which we won with Pether's Moon."

Levey said: "He's a lovely horse. You don't always get the chance to keep a lot of older horses in training, especially nice ones like him.

"It's so good for all the connections. They bought him two years ago. He had a few setbacks, they sat with him.

"Last year he won here and was placed here and I told connections to stick with him and wait for him. I said he's going to be a lovely horse."

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