RICHARD HANNON is under no illusions as to how hard it is to have a winner at Royal Ascot but is more than satisfied that his team in rude health as he approaches one of the most important weeks of the racing calendar.
From his Herridge Racing Stables near Marlborough in Wiltshire he has sent out five winners since taking over from his father Richard Hannon senior in 2104 with Toronado and Baitha Alga completing a double in the St James’s Palace and Norfolk Stakes in his fledgling year, Osaila (Sandringham) and Illuminate (Albany) repeating the act in 2014 and Barney Roy providing him with a coveted victory in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes in 2017.
The improving Fox Champion, who completed a hat-trick this season in the German 2000 Guineas, looks to step up further in the St James’s Palace this time around and he has some healthy back up in the older horse division for some of the Group, Listed and Handicaps.
As always, Richard has a strong team of two-year-olds for the meeting and the main contender appears to be the likeable Newmarket winner Threat who carries strong stables hopes in the Coventry Stakes.
All in all, it looks an interesting week ahead for Richard and his team and, he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his Royal Ascot prospects, in conjunction with Richard Hannon’s Unibet blog.