Hannon Seeking Supremacy at Goodwood

The field at Glorious Goodwood next week is set to include nearly all of Richard Hannon's juvenile champs of the recent Newmarket July Festival.

Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood

Hannon, as he has done all season, dominated the two-year-old races on the July track, victorious in all of the Group races.

Libranno, hero of the July Stakes is set for the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes, potentially together with the conditions event winner Casual Glimpse, while King Torus, who won the Superlative Stakes, may challenge for the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.

Hannon is also thinking about the Gran Criterium in Italy with him.

After returning to form at Sandown last time Zebedee, is has a run in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes, while Cherry Hinton victor Memory, will pass on the meeting but will stay on track for the Moyglare Stud Stakes in late August.

Hannon will have a few representatives at Goodwood in his older horses, who have not exactly been resting on their laurels either.

He explained, "Free Agent had a back problem and needed a lot of rest but he came back this season and ran well at Windsor before winning a decent race at York.

"There's a chance he could go to Goodwood for a two-mile handicap.

"Oratory was fourth at Sandown last time and he can go for a 0-95 classified stakes there.

"I think a smaller field will suit him better than going in one of the big handicaps."

An open morning for the press on Tuesday before the big event in Sussex saw almost all of Hannon's stars on displayt.

But although Date With Destiny is not running at Goodwood, the recent victor at Newbury, who is the only issue of the late George Washington, could not evade a mention.

"She did really well at Newbury and I might be making a few fancy entries for her," said Hannon.

"She's a lovely filly and I'll give her a run sometime soon, but I've not decided where."

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2 replies
  1. Steve C says:

    Hi Matt

    Interestingly Hannon’s record at the Goodwood track has outperformed his last 5 years overall trends(2005-9) with his 2yos. Back in 2005 he only had 1 winner from 33 runners, whereas in 2009 he recorded 10 wins from 45 runners. Overall his 2yo win rate was around the 14-15% mark, but so far this year he has a remarkable win strike rate of 28%, and 4 from 14 at Goodwood. Can this level of success be maintained and will the punters latch onto it and drive the prices down as a result?

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Interesting stuff, Steve. Thanks for the insight.

      Personally, I suspect Hannon’s golden juvenile season cannot be sustained, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a drop in the odds combined with a drop in the strike rate, making a very potent lay cocktail.

      Of course, predicting anyone’s demise is a dangerous game at best!

      Matt

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