Richard Hannon Stable Tour

    Richard Hannon sends a very strong team to Royal Ascot which is spearheaded by 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook who has an excellent chance in the Coronation Stakes following the exploits of the second placed Laurens who franked the form in no uncertain terms in France on Sunday.
  • Sunday 17 June 2018
  • Stable Tours

Richard Hannon had the pleasurable experience of saddling Barney Roy to victory in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes 12 months ago and has a likely candidate for the Group 1 Coronation Stakes in Billesdon Brook this time around.

The Champs Elysees filly probably didn’t gain the recognition she deserved when landing the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May but there was no fluke about her length and three quarter length victory from Laurens and that filly boosted the form when landing the Group 1 Saint-Alary next time, and the following up in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines on Sunday.

Hannon has been keeping Billesdon Bess under wraps for the meeting and has another live contender in Tajaanus in the Sandringham Stakes as well as several others that he hopes can come through with glowing colours.

Richard kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his Royal Ascot hopes and some of his other top prospects for the season.

Older Horses

Across The Stars (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 19 starts and currently rated 100. Came closes to victory this season at York (1m 4f) at the end of May when runner-up, beaten a neck, to Manjaam off a mark of 97.

Trainer Says:

He is now getting himself down to a nice mark and hopefully he will get in the Ebor. He has run in some good races and ran particularly well at York in May when just touch off. He is on good terms with himself and his mind seems to have turned.

Video Form
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Billesdon Bess

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 11 starts and currently rated 101. Finished fourth, beaten a length and three quarters, to First Sitting in the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood (1m 2f)

Trainer Says:

We need to lower our sights a bit with her and run in listed races. She was out of her depth in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket but ran much better in a listed race at Goodwood and she should find a race in similar company.

Euginio (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Fastnet Rock - Starstone (Diktat)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Sandown, 6 Jul 2018 15:30
  • Result: 4/5, tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, chased leaders, held when not much room and no extra towards finish
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of 11 starts and currently rated 108. Creditable efforts both starts this season finishing third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Forest Ranger in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket (1m 1f) in April and runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Mirage Dancer in a listed contest at Goodwood (1m 4f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He ran well in the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket on his reappearance when third to Forest Ranger and put in another solid effort in a listed race over a mile and a half at Goodwood in May when second to Mirage Dancer. The ten furlongs of the Wolferton Stakes at Ascot on Tuesday could prove ideal and he goes there with a good chance.

Video Form
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Khafoo Shememi (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Dark Angel - Appleblossom Pearl (Peintre Celebre)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Windsor, 14 May 2018 18:50
  • Result: 3/7, pulled hard, ran very wide on bend 6f out, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, held on for 3rd
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 14 starts and currently rated 106. Finished third, beaten three lengths, to Arod in a listed contest at Windsor (1m) in May.

Trainer Says:

He ran well when third to Arod at Windsor in May and he is a good solid listed horse. He is going to run in the Royal Hunt Cup – it is an ultra competitive event but he has a bit of class and could run very well.

Video Form
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Medahim (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 98. Finished fourth,  beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Taurean Star off his current mark at Goodwood (7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

Both of his races this season have been over seven furlongs and he didn’t have much luck in running when fourth at Goodwood last time. He should be suited by the return to a mile and he is also going to run in the Hunt Cup and would have a great chance. He is working well and moving better than ever.

Video Form
17 Apr 2017:

Nayel (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay horse
  • Breeding: Acclamation - Soliza (Intikhab)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Sandown, 6 Jul 2018 16:05
  • Result: 6/8, led early, tracked leader until halfway, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 16 starts and currently rated 98. Winner of both of his starts this season – scored by a neck from Come On Come On at Windsor (1m 2f) in May off a mark of 87 and followed up with a five length success from Karawaan at Haydock (1m 2 1/2f) later that month off a mark of 89.

Trainer Says:

He is in the form of his life and won both his starts this season. He was impressive when winning at Haydock last time and he will probably go for the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday as well as Euginio.”

Video Form
7 May 2018:
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Oh This Is Us (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 29 starts and currently rated 110. Finished second, beaten a neck, to Arod in a listed race at Windsor (1m) in May.

Trainer Says:

He is in great form and is probably going to run in the Queen Anne. He is probably not up to that level but I don’t think the older horses are strong over a mile and he is a good solid Group 3 horse.

Video Form
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Peak Princess (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 14 races and currently rated 89. Finished fifth, beaten six and a half lengths, to Mountain Rescue at Newmarket (7f) in May off her current rating.

Trainer Says:

She is running very well and is a nice big filly. Hopefully, we can pick up some black type with her somewhere down the line.

Video Form
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Pepita (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Sir Prancealot - Esterlina (Highest Honor)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: York, 13 Jul 2018 15:15
  • Result: 3/9, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, kept on same pace final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 18 starts and currently rated 99. Scored by a neck from Maggies Angel in a listed Fillies’ event at Musselburgh (7f) on her latest start this month.

Trainer Says:

She won a listed race at Musselburgh last time and is in the form of her life. She is progressing quite nicely and we will look for something like the Oak Tree later in the year or go to France.

Video Form
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Promising (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Invincible Spirit - Lethal Quality (Elusive Quality)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Chester, 14 Jul 2018 15:15
  • Result: 2/9, in touch in rear, headway on inner 3f out, ridden to press winner just inside final furlong, ran on
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 7 starts and currently rated 88. Off the mark with a head defeat of Tivoli in a novice event at Wolverhampton (6f) in April.

Trainer Says:

She is now in foal to Nathaniel so I think we have 90 days or something to race her. She is in good form and we will find some nice handicaps in which to run her. Hopefully, the Oak Tree is also her plan.

Video Form
14 Apr 2018:
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Tabarrak (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 14 starts and currently rated 111. Landed a listed event at Haydock (7f) in May by three quarters of a length from Mubtasim and subsequently finish third, beaten half a length, to D’Bai in a Group 3 contest over that course and distance in June.

Trainer Says:

He is an honest and consistent horse and hopefully we can find a Group race for him this year.

Video Form
24 Mar 2018:

Tony Curtis

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 15 starts and currently rated 101. Unplaced in the Spring Cup at Newbury (1m) in April and the Victoria Cup at Ascot (7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He runs in the Royal Hunt Cup and obviously belongs to a very enthusiastic bunch of owners. Hopefully, a big handicap will fall his way this Summer.

Video Form
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Tupi (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 34 starts and currently rated 100. Probably best effort this term when fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Jordan Sport in a handicap at Meydan (6f) in February off a mark of 106.

Trainer Says:

He has had a nice break since Dubai and he was placed in the Maurice de Gheest last year. If he returns in that form then off 100 in the Wokingham he will run very well. Ryan Moore rang up for the ride so that’s a tip in itself.

Video Form
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Wahash (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 18 starts and currently rated 96. Finished fifth, beaten six and a half lengths, to Pouvoir Magique at Newbury (1m in May off a mark of 97).

Trainer Says:

He is in good form and he’s a good horse but some days he is good and some days not so good. He picks his own day!

Video Form
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War Glory (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Canford Cliffs - Attracted To You (Hurricane Run)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 13 Jul 2018 13:50
  • Result: 4/7, tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, ridden and unable to quicken inside final furlong, kept on one pace
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 19 starts and currently rated 90. Finished third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Seniority at Chelmsford (1m) last week.

Trainer Says:

He ran probably his best race all year last week in a good handicap at Chelmsford when third to Seniority and is on his way back.

Video Form
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Three Year Olds

All Out

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 6 starts and currently rated 100. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Never Back in a listed contest at Newbury (6f) in May.

Trainer Says:

She is an honest and consistent filly and we are going to try and win a listed race with her.

Video Form
16 Oct 2017:

Anna Nerium

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 8 starts and currently rated 107. Finished runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Wilamina in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom (1m 1/2f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She is a smashing filly and she might get a mile and quarter this year. She ran a smashing race when runner-up in the Princess Elizabeth at Epsom and when she gets some give in the ground she is a 10lb better filly.

Billesdon Brook

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 10 starts and currently rated 115. Showed improved form when landing the Group 1 Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (1m) in May by a length and three quarters from Laurens.

Trainer Says:

She goes for the Coronation and is the form of her life. She won the 1000 Guineas very nicely and the form looks rock solid as the runner-up Laurens won a Group 1 in France next time out. I have backed her myself for the Coronation which will probably stop her but when I was offered 8-1 I couldn’t believe my luck.

Video Form
14 Sep 2017:

Buridan (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 3 starts and currently rated 82. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Buffer Zone in a novice event at Windsor (6f) in June on his first outing in nearly 13 months.

Trainer Says:

He ran a very good race first time out at Windsor on his first start in over a year and has been given a handicap mark of 82. He looks well handicapped and has come out of the Windsor race in good form. Hopefully, we can fully exploit his handicap mark.

Video Form
4 Jun 2018:
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Dragon Moon (USA)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 78. Off the mark with a head defeat of Cross The Line in a novice event at Lingfield (6f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and I think he is going to win some handicaps this Summer.

Video Form
23 Jun 2018:
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Elysium Dream

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 12 starts and currently rated 83. Finished 7th of 10, beaten three lengths, to Danceteria in a handicap at Sandown (1m) in June off a mark of 85.

Trainer Says:

She is just coming good now. She struggled after she won the Sales race last year and ran a good race at Sandown in quite a hot handicap so we are going to try and win something like that pretty soon.

Video Form
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Embour (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 4 starts and currently rated 85. Off the mark with a two and a quarter length win from Lashabeen at Salisbury in May and followed up with a neck defeat of Tashaabah at Lingfield (6f) later in the month.

Trainer Says:

He has won his last two races and is a good horse and very nice good looking horse. I would imagine he will improve throughout the season.

Video Form
9 Jun 2018:

Magnificent

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Zebedee - Barathea Dancer (Barathea)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Ascot, 21 Jun 2018 17:00
  • Result: 3/30, raced centre, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reach front pair
  • View full form
Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 91. Runner-up for times and beaten only three quarters of a length to Masaarr in a handicap at Doncaster (1m) this month.

Trainer Says:

Julie Wood loves to go to Royal Ascot and he goes for the Britannia Handicap which has been the plan for this horse for some time now.

Video Form
5 May 2018:

Mayyasah (USA)

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: More Than Ready - Whipsaw City (Elusive City)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 14 Jul 2018 15:20
  • Result: 8/9, awkwardly away, held up in last pair, headway into mid-division 4f out, ridden over 1f out, never near leaders, weakened inside final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 89. Finished third, beaten five and a half lengths, to Awesometank at Chelmsford (1m) in May off a mark of 90.

Trainer Says:

She has been disappointing so far so we are hoping she can find a return to form.

Video Form
31 May 2018:

Model (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 82. Disappointing three runs in April and May from one mile to a mile and a quarter.

Trainer Says:

She has been a bit disappointing this term but I think she needs to  run over a mile and a quarter – that is her trip.

Video Form
1 Jul 2017:

Natural (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 8 starts and currently rated 86. Came closest to victory this season when runner-up, beaten a neck, to Whitefountainfairy in a novice event at Lingfield (6f) in May.

Trainer Says:

Natural is another who has been disappointing and I am going to give her a check over after a disappointing recent run . She is capable of much more.

Video Form
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Orange Suit (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Declaration Of War - Guantanamera (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Newbury, 12 Jul 2018 20:00
  • Result: 10/12, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, losing place when hampered inside final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of his only start at Newbury (6f) last September when beating Jack Crow a neck.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice horse and I am not sure where we go yet. He has taken his time to come to hand from last year. He is a half brother to a St Leger winner Simple Verse and he won first time out at Newbury. We are quite hopeful for him.

Qaysar (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 5 starts and currently rated 98. Gained his last success at Newbury (7f) in April when beating Lord Oberon a length and a half off a mark of 90.

Trainer Says:

I think Qaysar will go for the Britannia. He is a very nice horse and has come up through the handicap route. We are hoping he will run well at Ascot.

Regimented (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Epaulette - Colour Coordinated (Spectrum)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Haydock, 23 Jun 2018 19:45
  • Result: 7/9, broke well, soon steadied and in touch in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, no impression
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 87. Unplaced in three handicaps from 1m 2f to a mile in April and May.

Trainer Says:

He is another struggling after a good year last year. He is a bit high in the handicap but is starting to come down a little and is on a competitive mark now.

Video Form
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Rum Runner

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 6 starts and currently rated 83. Returned to winning form at Sandown (7f) on Saturday when scoring by a length and a quarter from Mr Top Hat.

Trainer Says:

He is a decent little handicapper and came back to form at Sandown on Saturday. He should be able to hold his own in similar company from now on.

Video Form
13 Sep 2017:

Sergio Leone (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 79. Well supported favouritie when only sixth of 9, to Areen Heart at Leicester on Saturday night off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran at Leicester on Saturday night and we thought he had a good chance after running well previously at Lingfield. He just didn’t fire like we thought he would and he is better than he showed then.

Video Form
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Stormer (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from three starts and currently rated 75. Best effort when fourth, beaten three quarters of a length, to Qaroun in a novice event at Goodwood (7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

Stormer has just got handicapped on 75 and hopefully he can be competitive off that mark.

Tajaanus (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Arcano - Rayaheen (Nayef)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Sandown, 7 Jul 2018 13:30
  • Result: 5/10, held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, soon driven and one pace, ridden inside final furlong, never on terms
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 7 starts and currently rated 102. Creditable efforts both starts this season – finished runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Dan’s Dream in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury (7f) in April and third, beaten a length and three quarter to Tomyris in the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies Stakes at Lingfield (7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly and tough as teak. She has run well in two Group 3 races this season at Newbury and Lingfield and I think she is my best bet for Royal Ascot and she will go for the Sandringham.

Video Form
12 May 2018:
14 Sep 2017:

Tigre Du Terre (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 97. Made the running when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Cascadian in a conditions event at Maisons-Laffitte (1m) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He went to France yesterday and ran a really good race and was just touched off close home. He is a very talented horses on his day and hopefully he will come back and run some nice races.

Video Form
20 May 2018:
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Yafta

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 8 starts and currently rated 105. Returned to winning form when beating Midsummer Knight a length at Newmarket (6f) in May off a mark of 93. Highly creditable performance when runner-up, beaten a head, to Maksab (received 21lb) on his return to Newmarket (7f) this month off a mark of 100.

Trainer Says:

He is improving massively and has gone from 78 at the start of the season to 105. He is effective over six and seven furlongs and he is now having to go for Listed races.

Video Form
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Two Year Olds

Anchises

  • 3 b c Choisir – Afrodita
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t run yet and is not showing a whole lot but he’s a nice horse with a lot of scope. Hopefully, he will pull his finger out when he gets to the races.

Come On Leicester

Form Profile:

Finished third, beaten two lengths, to Shades Of Blue on her debut at Ascot (5f) in May and hacked up by four and a half length from Kadiz at Windsor (5f) later that month. She is in the Queen Mary, Norfolk and Albany Stakes and she will probably go for the Queen Mary.

Trainer Says:

She needed the run when third at Ascot first time out but improved for that outing and skated up at Windsor next time. She is a very talented filly and she should continue to improve through the season.

Video Form
30 Jun 2018:
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Fox Champion

Form Profile:

Finished second, beaten a neck, to Must See The Doc on his debut at Doncaster (6 1/2f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He is a pretty decent colt and we thought he would win first time out at Doncaster but he just got bogged down in the ground and was touch off close home. The Coventry will be a tough race to win but he has come on considerably for that experience.

Video Form
2 Jun 2018:

The Paddocks

Form Profile:

Made a winning debut at Newbury (6f) in May when beating Blonde Warrior a head.

Trainer Says:

He won first time out at Newbury and will go for the Norfolk or the Coventry. He has come on a ton for his first race and if he runs in the Norfolk he will have a good chance.

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