Hanson looking for HQ glory

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre

Owner-breeder Sven Hanson will go in search of a second big race success at Newmarket on Saturday when One Foot In Heaven contests the Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes.

The five-year-old is a son of the top-class racemare Pride, who was runner-up in the 2005 Champion Stakes at Headquarters before going one better in impressive fashion 12 months later.

One Foot In Heaven has not yet made his mark at the highest level, but won a Group Two at Chantilly last October before finishing an excellent third in the Hong Kong Vase.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's charge finished down the field on his reappearance in last month's Prix d'Harcourt, but Hanson is hopeful he will raise his game on the Rowley Mile this weekend.

He said: "One Foot In Heaven lost a front shoe in the early stages of the Prix d'Harcourt and was not given a hard time thereafter. He is a mile and a half horse anyway, so the d'Harcourt would have been slightly too short for him, and he has done well since.

"We would have preferred a little more cut in the ground for the Jockey Club Stakes and we do not know for sure how he will handle the dip.

"The people at Newmarket know the game and are very sporting. When Pride won the Champion Stakes, I had previously been second in three Group Ones at Newmarket and, even though she was trained in France, she was given a very generous reception."

Of Pride, Hanson added: "She is 17 years old but, touch wood, she is still very healthy and good-natured.

"She is in Ireland, about to visit Fastnet Rock (sire of One Foot In Heaven) again, and on Monday her three-year-old Lawman colt, Speciality, was beaten a nose on his debut at Saint-Cloud."

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