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The achievements of Richard Hannon snr at Goodwood Racecourse are unsurpassed.
During the course of his 43-year career, the Hampshire-based trainer saddled more winners at the West Sussex course than any other trainer in history – 257. His total of 73 winners at Glorious Goodwood is matched only by the late Sir Henry Cecil.
In 2010, he smashed the record for the most wins during Glorious Goodwood, with nine successes over the five days, and repeated the remarkable feat in his final year as a trainer, 2013. He sent out a record 22 winners during 2010 at Goodwood.
Hannon was born in Lewes, East Sussex, on May 30, 1945 and began training in 1970, taking over the licence on the retirement of his father Henry (Harry). He remained a trainer until the end of 2013, when he handed over the reins to his son and assistant Richard Hannon jnr. Hannon snr now acts as assistant to his son.
Hannon snr made rapid progress as a trainer. A first Pattern race victory came courtesy of Crespinall in the 1972 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and the same filly went on to win the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood later that season – the trainer’s first Goodwood triumph. He took Goodwood’s top race – the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes – three times with Reel Buddy (2003), Canford Cliffs (2010) and Toronado (2013).
Rated by the trainer as his best-ever horse, Canford Cliffs, captured the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes in 2010 as well as the 2011 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he defeated Goldikova. Canford Cliffs’ Sussex Stakes victory saw him score cheekily by a neck under a masterful Richard Hughes ride.
There was another very satisfying Sussex Stakes victory in 2013 with Toronado, who also benefited from an exquisite ride by Richard Hughes. Toronado gained revenge over Dawn Approach, victorious in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, by half a length. Hannon gained a reputation for his expertise with sprinters and two-year-olds, with his haul in Goodwood’s juvenile contests being outstanding. He took the Richmond Stakes and the Vintage Stakes five times each, as well as landing the Molecomb Stakes on four occasions.
He was unstoppable for four consecutive years in the six-furlong Richmond Stakes, winning with Prolific (2008), Dick Turpin (2009), Libranno (2010) and Harbour Watch (2011). Dick Turpin went on to capture two Group One contests.
Similarly, in the Vintage Stages, there were four straight victories, thanks to King Torus (2010), Chandlery (2011), Olympic Glory (2012) and Toormore (2013). Olympic Glory progressed to win three Group One races while Toormore also gained Group One glory subsequently. Hannon’s other Vintage winner, Don’t Forget Me (1986), collected two Classics the following year, the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
The trainer also enjoyed significant Glorious Goodwood handicap success, headed by two victories in the Stewards’ Cup (Notley 1991 & Knight Of Mercy 1990).
Hannon was champion trainer of Britain in 1992, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and received the Cartier & Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2010. He sent out three winners of the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and enjoyed 33 Royal Ascot winners.
He is married to Jo and they have six children – the triplets Richard, Henry and Lizzie (who is married to Richard Hughes) – Fanny (who is married to trainer Sylvester Kirk), Claire and Julie.
Richard Hannon jnr has continued the tradition of his father, enjoying his first Goodwood winner with Parsley on 23rd May, 2014.
He was top trainer at Goodwood in 2014 with 11 victories through the season, the highlights of which were Ivawood’s victory in the Group Two Richmond Stakes and the success of Pether’s Moon in the Group Three Glorious Stakes. Pether’s Moon progressed to win the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom this season.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…