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Hannon strikes Brocklesby gold with Persian Force

Persian Force lived up to the pre-race hype when scooting away with the SBK Brockelsby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.

The Mehmas colt cost €225,000 euros as a yearling and looks as though he could take high rank in the two-year-old division judged on his performance in the first race of the Flat turf season.

The even-money favourite travelled well throughout for Rossa Ryan before setting sail for home – quickly putting the race to bed as he pulled four and three-quarter lengths clear of Primrose Ridge.

Last year’s winner Chipotle went on to score at Royal Ascot and it would be no surprise if the Richard Hannon-trained Persian Force turned up at the showpiece meeting in June.

Ryan said: “We’ve liked him at home. He’s not done a lot, but what he has done he’s done it well and very professionally. Today was the same and he’s going to improve.

“I hope we’ve only scraped the surface of what’s underneath the bonnet. He had a look at the crowd and went and did his job.

“They went a good gallop and I was always cantering all over them. He’s got bundles of speed and I think when he goes up to six furlongs, he’ll be much better equipped. He’s going to be nice.

“It’s good to get on the board the first day on grass. It’s a good start to the year.”

Tony Gorman, Hannon’s senior head lad, said: “He does everything very nicely at home and he has a great mind.

“You’ve got to be thinking of Royal Ascot. There’s a lot underneath there we’ve not found yet.”

Darryll Holland, trainer of the runner-up, said: “She’s a lovely filly. I wanted to go to Redcar for a fillies’ only but we decided to come here. I won this race once (on Touch Silver in 1992) for Barry Hills.

“A big strapping colt, who cost a lot of money beat her her. Me and Paul Eddery bought our filly for 8,000 guineas.”

Arthur’s Realm provided Rossa Ryan with an early double in the SBK Spring Mile
Arthur’s Realm provided Rossa Ryan with an early double in the SBK Spring Mile (Simon Marper/PA)

Ryan completed a double on Arthur’s Realm (11-2) for trainer Ed Dunlop in the SBK Spring Mile Handicap.

The Galway-born rider delivered the four-year-old with a strong late run to beat A Boy Named Ivy by a length and three-quarters.

Empirestateofmind, the 100-30 favourite was a short head away in third with long-time leader Invincibly back in fourth place.

Ryan said: “He’s a bit of a tricky customer, but the race fell lovely for me.

“They went a nice gallop and he travelled well. I was a bit wary of the ground but as the races have gone on it’s got a bit holding and it suited me.”

Groundbreaker (5-4 favourite) confirmed the promise of two runs at Kempton at the end of last year to open his account in emphatic fashion in the SBK Betting Podcast Maiden Stakes.

The three-year-old colt, trained by Andrew Balding, kicked clear of his rivals from two furlongs out to win by four lengths from Surrey Knight in the hands of David Probert.

“We’ve very pleased with him. He was still a little bit immature in the early stages of the race. David (Probert) was very complimentary. He said he couldn’t pull him up. It looks we have a nice one,” said Balding’s wife and assistant, Anna Lisa.

“We put a hood on him as it helps him settle and he settled beautifully.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow and make a plan when the handicapper has had his say. He’s a beautiful looking horse and he’s behaved impeccably.”

Aidan Keeley notched up career win number 11, including seven in Jersey, when steering home the Mick Appleby-trained Sandyman (15-2) in division one of the SBK Apprentice Handicap. Division two went to the Tony Coyle-trained Wots The Wifi Code (11-1), ridden by Jonny Peate.

Bill Turner hoping to make it magnificent seven of Brocklesby wins

Bill Turner is set to slug it out against the big yards in a bid to land the Brocklesby Stakes for a record seventh time when the 2022 Flat season starts at Doncaster on Saturday.

Turner, who trains on the Dorset-Somerset border at Sigwells, has always been known as master trainer of juveniles, and invariably has at least one speedball ready to run in the traditional season-opener.

That will be no different this weekend as he bids for his first success in the SBK-sponsored five-furlong dash since Mick’s Yer Man scored in 2013.

“I have got one I’m hoping to run – he is a little cheapy and he is not very big, but I have got to have runner as I am getting older and I don’t know how long I’ve got left! I have got to keep trying,” said Turner.

“He is called Knowwhatimeanharry. The lad who owns him is called Harry, but he missed the registration, so he has got to run in my wife’s name (Tracy).

“He tries hard and is an honest little sort. There will probably be horses who cost £100,000 or more in there against him, but we are going to have a go, anyway.

“I’ve won it six times and I don’t know how many times I’ve been second, probably five or six times.

He’s So Cool, ridden by Kieren Fox, was Turner's fifth Brocklesby winner in 2011
He’s So Cool, ridden by Kieren Fox, was Turner’s fifth Brocklesby winner in 2011 (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

“I’m not sure how many will be ready to run, as it has been a very mild winter, and that will help everybody, especially the Newmarket horses.”

Turner, fiercely proud of his Romany roots, will turn 75 in August and has 14 horses in his yard. Sadly, he has already lost his flag-bearer for the bulk of the season.

“I’ve only got about five two-year-olds,” he added. “We have got a nice Lightning Spear colt, which we gave a lot of money for.

“When that storm came in, with all that thunder and branches flying everywhere, I couldn’t get them settled, they went mad for hours.

“He went and knocked his joint in the box. He will be out for a while. He was a nice colt and cost forty-five grand.”

The lack of staff, compounded by the impact of Brexit which has seen many good riders and stable staff unable to obtain or afford visas, has accentuated a problem, particularly for small yards such as Turner’s.

“We are like everybody else – we are so short of staff,” said Turner.

“Harry Kimber comes in and rides out for me and Liam Browne, the lad from Richard Hannon’s, he came down the other day but he can’t get any time off, because of the lack of staff.

“Getting staff is a nightmare and I’ve had one lad off with a broken arm for five months.”

Tolley Dean on Sally’s Dilemma (left) followed Indian Spark (1996), The Lord (2002) and Spoof Master (2006) on the list of Turner's Brocklesby winners
Tolley Dean on Sally’s Dilemma (left) followed Indian Spark (1996), The Lord (2002) and Spoof Master (2006) on the list of Turner’s Brocklesby winners (Rui Vieira/PA)

The lack of staff necessitates that he has to keep going and Turner still rides out three lots a day. Not that he would have it any other way.

“Dad, bless him, told me, ‘Don’t retire, because there are two chairs that will kill you – the electric chair and the armchair!’

“I’ve got no hobbies. I couldn’t take golf and the only other sport I like is boxing. I watch that.

“Dad (also named Bill Turner) was champion amateur in the army. He used to go round the (fairground) boxing booths years ago, when old Jack Taylor used to run them.

“Jack was a professional light middleweight and it was a con, really. There was a little fella up the front giving it all the flannel (known as a barker or spieler), saying, ‘Who’ll fight my man for a white fiver?’ as it was in those days. But when you went round the booth, you were not fighting him at all, you were fighting a professional.

“My dad never, ever came out without a white fiver! You didn’t have to beat them mind, you only had to stay in the ring with them for three minutes. But he was good and they were all professional fighters.”

Knowwhatimeanharry, a gelded son of Havana Grey, will bid to land a knockout blow to the powerhouse stables who have increasingly farmed the race in recent times.

He will be partnered by Browne. Turner said: “Liam came and put a few through the stalls. He will claim the 7lb as well.

“He has ridden four times for me, he rode two winners and the others have been placed.

“He’s a good rider and I hope the horse gives him a good spin. The Brocklesby is a lovely race to win and I’d love to win it again – and keep going!”

Bill Turner hoping to make it magnificent seven of Brocklesby wins

Bill Turner is set to slug it out against the big yards in a bid to land the Brocklesby Stakes for a record seventh time when the 2022 Flat season starts at Doncaster on Saturday.

Turner, who trains on the Dorset-Somerset border at Sigwells, has always been known as master trainer of juveniles, and invariably has at least one speedball ready to run in the traditional season-opener.

That will be no different this weekend as he bids for his first success in the SBK-sponsored five-furlong dash since Mick’s Yer Man scored in 2013.

“I have got one I’m hoping to run – he is a little cheapy and he is not very big, but I have got to have runner as I am getting older and I don’t know how long I’ve got left! I have got to keep trying,” said Turner.

“He is called Knowwhatimeanharry. The lad who owns him is called Harry, but he missed the registration, so he has got to run in my wife’s name (Tracy).

“He tries hard and is an honest little sort. There will probably be horses who cost £100,000 or more in there against him, but we are going to have a go, anyway.

“I’ve won it six times and I don’t know how many times I’ve been second, probably five or six times.

He’s So Cool, ridden by Kieren Fox, was Turner's fifth Brocklesby winner in 2011
He’s So Cool, ridden by Kieren Fox, was Turner’s fifth Brocklesby winner in 2011 (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

“I’m not sure how many will be ready to run, as it has been a very mild winter, and that will help everybody, especially the Newmarket horses.”

Turner, fiercely proud of his Romany roots, will turn 75 in August and has 14 horses in his yard. Sadly, he has already lost his flag-bearer for the bulk of the season.

“I’ve only got about five two-year-olds,” he added. “We have got a nice Lightning Spear colt, which we gave a lot of money for.

“When that storm came in, with all that thunder and branches flying everywhere, I couldn’t get them settled, they went mad for hours.

“He went and knocked his joint in the box. He will be out for a while. He was a nice colt and cost forty-five grand.”

The lack of staff, compounded by the impact of Brexit which has seen many good riders and stable staff unable to obtain or afford visas, has accentuated a problem, particularly for small yards such as Turner’s.

“We are like everybody else – we are so short of staff,” said Turner.

“Harry Kimber comes in and rides out for me and Liam Browne, the lad from Richard Hannon’s, he came down the other day but he can’t get any time off, because of the lack of staff.

“Getting staff is a nightmare and I’ve had one lad off with a broken arm for five months.”

Tolley Dean on Sally’s Dilemma (left) followed Indian Spark (1996), The Lord (2002) and Spoof Master (2006) on the list of Turner's Brocklesby winners
Tolley Dean on Sally’s Dilemma (left) followed Indian Spark (1996), The Lord (2002) and Spoof Master (2006) on the list of Turner’s Brocklesby winners (Rui Vieira/PA)

The lack of staff necessitates that he has to keep going and Turner still rides out three lots a day. Not that he would have it any other way.

“Dad, bless him, told me, ‘Don’t retire, because there are two chairs that will kill you – the electric chair and the armchair!’

“I’ve got no hobbies. I couldn’t take golf and the only other sport I like is boxing. I watch that.

“Dad (also named Bill Turner) was champion amateur in the army. He used to go round the (fairground) boxing booths years ago, when old Jack Taylor used to run them.

“Jack was a professional light middleweight and it was a con, really. There was a little fella up the front giving it all the flannel (known as a barker or spieler), saying, ‘Who’ll fight my man for a white fiver?’ as it was in those days. But when you went round the booth, you were not fighting him at all, you were fighting a professional.

“My dad never, ever came out without a white fiver! You didn’t have to beat them mind, you only had to stay in the ring with them for three minutes. But he was good and they were all professional fighters.”

Knowwhatimeanharry, a gelded son of Havana Grey, will bid to land a knockout blow to the powerhouse stables who have increasingly farmed the race in recent times.

He will be partnered by Browne. Turner said: “Liam came and put a few through the stalls. He will claim the 7lb as well.

“He has ridden four times for me, he rode two winners and the others have been placed.

“He’s a good rider and I hope the horse gives him a good spin. The Brocklesby is a lovely race to win and I’d love to win it again – and keep going!”