Sunday 5 June 2011

Hannon Eager To Retain The Dick Hearn Award

Richard Hannon is eager to retain the Dick Hern award as leading trainer at Goodwood this season, and he boosted his chances of doing just that when landing a treble on the Sussex course on Friday night.

The boss always loves to introduce some of his better two-year-olds on this track, and clearly there is a big future ahead for both Chandlery and Coup de Ville, who finished one-two in the maiden.

Pat Dobbs rode the Julie Wood-owned Chandlery, with Richard Hughes opting for Coup de Ville, but the boss said:"The pair are both housed up at Everleigh and Hughesie hadn't ridden either at home, so he was a bit in the dark. I thought he had probably made the right choice as Coup de Ville looked the more forward, but I also knew that Chandlery was a lovely big colt with bags of scope, and, though it was a shame that one of them had to be beaten, we go home knowing that we have two very promising youngsters."

Julie had a hat-fitting for Ascot earlier in the week, but Chandlery is unlikely to be among her team for the Royal meeting, with the boss observing:"He could be one for Newmarket's July meeting, while we might also keep back Coup de Ville - and possibly our Newbury second Poole Harbour - for a maiden up there."

Pat Dobbs made all when winning on Aldwick Bay at Windsor last season, but, trying a mile and three furlongs for the first time, Hughesie adopted waiting tactics on the topweight here, and they swooped close home to beat the favourite Sacred Shield.

In contrast, Hughesie jumped Poppy Seed out in front in the sprint handicap, and Sarah Went's topweight took the most valuable prize of the night when readily holding off Desert Poppy to take our tally of Goodwood winners this season to seven, three more than our nearest rival, John Dunlop.