Hannon in upbeat mood

Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon

Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon

First published in Horse Racing

RICHARD Hannon has high hopes of his team of four as the Marlborough trainer bids to add to his tally of three Coventry Stakes wins at Royal Ascot today.

With Rock City (1989), Canford Cliffs (2009) and Strong Suit (2010) on the roll-of-honour in this two-year-old feature, Hannon looks to Sir Prancealot, The Taj, Olympic Glory and Master Of War to give him another victory.

The unbeaten Sir Prancealot heads his party thanks to his emphatic success in the five-furlong National Stakes at Sandown.

“This has been a lucky race for us, and, while we have no Canford Cliffs this year, we run four very good horses,” he said.

“It was a toss of coin as to whether we ran Sir Prancealot here or waited for the Norfolk, but Andrew (Tinkler, owner) was keen to go on the first day and that is fine by me.

“Some people seem to think that he was a bit flattered by his National Stakes victory at Sandown, but, believe me, he is a serious horse.

“He has unbelievable speed, but he is by Tamayuz, so we know that he is not just a whizz-bang sprinter, and, while we don't know yet what effect the draw will have, two off the stands rail is not a bad place to be and will hopefully enable Hughesie to get a good early position.”

Hannon's other three representatives are already off the mark and he expects them to put up bold shows.

“The others are all making a giant leap from winning their maidens, but we like all three," he said.

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