Owners switching focus from speed as Richard Hannon targets landmark Group 1 wins

Owners switching focus from speed as Richard Hannon targets landmark Group 1 wins

RICHARD HANNON has given an early season guide to his stable in what will be his fifth campaign as a trainer is his own right. Hannon took over the reigns at Herridge from his father, Richard Hanno…

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RICHARD HANNON has given an early season guide to his stable in what will be his fifth campaign as a trainer is his own right.

Hannon took over the reigns at Herridge from his father, Richard Hannon snr, and whilst the name on the license may be different, the operation remains the same.

Reaching double-figures for Group 1 winners remains the main goal for the Hannon yard in 2018.

He said: “I’m enjoying it. My dad is still here and we’re doing it together every day just like we always did. I think we’ve had almost 800 winners or more now but it would be nice to get a 10th Group 1. It’s the same system as it always has been and it’s not complicated. We get the horses fit, run them and keep them and the staff happy and that’s the way we roll.”

 Richard Hannon has given an early season updateGetty Images Richard Hannon has given an early season update

Barney Roy hit the top over middle distances last season and Hannon feels there has been a shift in the focus of owners from the fast sprinters his yard were previously famed for.

“I think it’s something that has happened more over the course of time rather than been an agenda. They are the kinds of horses that people want nowadays. They want the 7 furlongs and upwards horses.

“After Royal Ascot the season almost finishes for 5 furlong horses, so it means they have a short season and short window of opportunity which is why the horses that get a mile and further are making a lot of money, they’re the horses people want.

 Barney Roy went right to the top last year for the Hannon yardPA Barney Roy went right to the top last year for the Hannon yard

“I don’t mind what trip they run over. If they’re a Group 1 horse I don’t care if they run over three miles or five furlongs!

As the 2018 season steps up a few gears, Hannon has provided an early season update on some of the more interesting horses in his yard.

Orange Suit:

“We’ve got Orange Suit who I think might start off in the Feilden or there’s a conditions race at Newmarket, he’s a very nice horse who won first time out at Newbury.”

Dragon Moon:

“We’ve also got Dragon Moon who is a horse I like a lot. We took him to Kempton, he’s unraced and might run in the Wood Ditton.”

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