May 31, 2016
At just his second start, impressive two-year-old Hanover Square flashed home late to win the $22,000 Nuturf Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange on May 28.
Partnered by apprentice rider Nick Heywood who scored a winning double as a result, the Manhattan Rain gelding jumped from barrier 9 and settled three wide mid-field in a bid to keep out of trouble and settle in to a rhythm.
Turning for home the gutsy juvenile was the widest runner (seven horses wide) however Heywood used the opportunity to continue his momentum to reel in the field with an electric turn of foot that caught Cellarman and Lord Kingsley on the line.
The win also marked racehorse owner Akram Younan’s first victory with Team Snowden.
“I can’t believe he got there.”
“This horse had no favours at all and still managed to get there – not many can do that,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“He’s got a terrific will to win and we’re very pleased to get one on the score board for Mr Younan.”
A $45,000 purchase from the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Hanover Square ran fifth to smart Sebring colt Acatour on debut on May 11 and has won over $18,000 in prizemoney so far.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image Courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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