Newbury: Richard Hannon records 4,458-1 five-timer to reach 100 wins for the year
Richard Hannon hit a century of winners for the season in brilliant style when herecorded his first ever five-timer on a single card at Newbury on Tuesday at the track’sRacing to Recovery and a Brighter Future Charity Raceday.
Victories for Chatham House, Sesame Birah, D Day, Qaysar and Ritchie Valenswere achieved at combined odds of 4,458-1 taking the Marlborough trainer to the hundred winners landmark he has reached every season since he took over the training licence from father Richard Snr in 2015.
Hannon was all smiles: “It’s lovely to hit the hundred with Ritchie Valens for Chelsea Thoroughbreds. It counts when you get the milestones for people who have made a difference to you overthe years and Richard Morecombe [of Chelsea Thoroughbreds] has."
“I’m not sure I have even had four winners on one card before so this is amazing.I didn’t see it coming. The one I thought would have an outstanding chance wasDivine Covey [who finished third]."
“Five winners is a day is unbelievable. Of course you set yourself goals but younever really make them public. You want the horses to run as well as they canfor as long as they can and keep the owners happy. It’s lovely to do it at Newburyespecially.”
Hannon took his score to 11 wins at Newbury in 2019 during a spree which beganwhen Chatham House, placed in seven of his previous ten starts, finally got hishead in front at the 11th attempt in the Donnington Grove Veterinary Surgery Handicap.
Owned by staunch Newbury supporters Denford Stud, the owning and breedingoperation of Prince Faisal Salman, Chatham House owed his victory to the vetsof Donnington Grove, where he had undergone surgery for colic earlier in the year. Hannon said: “He’s the sort of horse who might put a sequence together if hecontinues in that sort of form.”
The trainer took both divisions of the Mildmay Farm and Stud Novice MedianAuction Stakes with Sesame Birah and D Day and made it four on the daywith Qaysar in the Melbourne 10 Only 36 Days to Laytown Races Handicap.
Victory also completed a treble for jockey James Doyle, who took the openingJohn Drew Memorial Maiden Fillies’ Stakes on Wejdan. After winning by four and a half lengths, Qaysar - owned by Al Shaqab Racing -could reappear at Ascot on Saturday in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile,for which he only incurs a 3lb penalty:“I thought the ground might be a little quick for this horse. He’s a very decent horse on his day and he’ll have a good year this year andnext year when the ground eases up a bit.”
Ritchie Valens, who won by a neck from Fantastic Blue, was yet another winner to comeout of the London Gold Cup - run at Newbury in May - in which he was sixth: “He slightly missedout in that big handicap, but it’s lovely to see him have a bit of luck.”
Watson on the mark again
Newbury Racecourse ambassador Jason Watson took his score at the track toeight wins for the year, topping the course's 2019 rankings, with victory on Tavus in the covermarque.com for Bloodstock InsuranceHandicap. Tavus is trained by Richard Charlton at Beckhampton. A very good day for Marlborough area horses.
[Photos courtesy Newbury Racecourse]