Richard Hannon Blog Update - Saturday's Runners

We might be focussed on Ireland come Saturday afternoon, but we also have runners at four of the meetings on home soil, Goodwood and Haydock in the afternoon and Newbury and Lingfield in the evening.

The boss said:"Hughesie is at The Curragh, but we are lucky that Ryan (Moore) is up at Haydock for the Temple, so he is riding three for us. Reflect, who was in the Derby, won his maiden in workmanlike fashion at Salisbury, but we think that he is better than that, so it will be interesting to see how he shapes in the opener, which is his first handicap.

 "King of Jazz is our representative in the Silver Bowl. He had to make his own running at Sandown, but it proved a decent race as the Musidora winner (Joviality) was the runner-up. There is a big field here, so Ryan should be able to ride a race, though it looks very competitive.

"Poppy Speed runs in the Cecil Frail. She ran a cracker first time out at Nottingham as she had been off eight months. She will be sharper this time and we definitely look upon her as Listed material."

Dane O'Neill rides our two down at Goodwood, Trumpet Major and Cumulus Nimbus. The boss added:"Trumpet Major ran a super race in what looked a hot maiden at Newbury last week. He is owned by John Manley, who also has Dick Turpin, and this fellow is not unlike him. He was green early, but the penny dropped in the last 100 yards and he flew home to finish third. That was a very encouraging debut, and, though there are a few choicely-bred newcomers in the race, our fellow is pretty good.

"We also have Cumulus Nimbus in the 12-furlong handicap. We are not sure what trip suits him best and whether we should ride him from the front instead of dropping him out. He has been disappointing, so we might try something different."

We have Cristal Gem making her debut in the opener at Lingfield, and the boss added:"She is small but shows plenty of speed - a real Super Sprint type," while we have three two-year-olds in the maiden auction at Newbury, and the boss observed, "Esentepe bumped into a filly who Barry Hills thinks is Ascot material at Warwick, so she must have a chance of making it third time lucky, while the other two (Cresta Star and Plym) are ready for a run." 

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