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Richard Hannon

Born: 30 May 1945

Nationality: British

British Classic Wins: 3

Irish Classic Wins:  3

Notable Horses Trained: Mon Fils, Don't Forget Me, Tirol, Mr Brooks, Lyric Fantasy, Reel Buddy, Lemon Souffle, Paco Boy, Canford Cliffs, Dick Turpin

Career History

Richard Hannon is one of the most experienced trainers in the game.  Having gained a licence in 1970, the Wiltshire-born trainer followed in his father's footsteps into training and in now widely regarded as one of the top handlers the sport has ever seen.

Since he started in the early 1970's Hannon has built his training empire considerably and now based at East Everleigh Stables in Marborough he trains some of the top equine talent in the sport.

For many trainers a winner in a Classic is the ultimate goal and many have to wait decades to finally bag one of the top races, but for Hannon his first success came early on in his career.  1973 saw Mon Fils storm to glory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket at 50/1 and hand Hannon his first success in the Newmarket Group One.

Hannon's taste of big race success somewhat halted, but he still continued to saddle a plethora of winners every season becoming one of the most consistent trainers in flat racing.

14 years after his first Classic win Hannon emulated his 1973 win in the 2000 Guineas by saddling Don't Forget Me to victory in 1987.  The James Horgan-owned runner then went over the Irish Sea and bagged the Irish 2000 Guineas to give Hannon his first Classic win in the Emerald Isle.  This was a feat Hannon replicated in 1990 when Tirol did the Guineas double at Newmarket and the Curragh.

Hannon's training consistency showed in 1992 when he finally won the coveted title of leading trainer and also in that year trained Mr Brooks to glory in the July Cup at Newmarket and in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.

The major wins began to dry up during the 90's but Hannon continued to train winners and has trained over 100 winners 11 times in his training career, whilst mentoring his son Richard, who now works as his assistant.

Renowned for his ability with two-year-olds Hannon hit the big time again in the late 2000's with a juvenile called Canford Cliffs.  Now rated one of the best milers ever, Canford Cliffs shocked Royal Ascot when winning the Coventry Stakes by six lengths and then went on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas in 2010, a year that saw Hannon regain the leading trainer award.

The emergence of Canford Cliffs and other top horses including Paco Boy and Dick Turpin have propelled Hannon into the public eye once more and his relationship with stable jockey and son-in law Richard Hughes has become one of the most prolific in the modern game.

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Sir Henry Cecil

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