Royal Ascot - At The Races

Richard Hannon

    Richard Hannon sends his strongest team to date to Royal Ascot which is spearheaded by 2,000 Guineas runner-up Barney Roy and bolstered by a talented bunch of two-year-olds.
  • Friday 16 June 2017
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Richard Hannon appears to have assembled his strongest team to date for the pinnacle meeting of the Flat season and he heads into Royal Ascot with his horses in just the form he would have wished.

Any jewels next week would be gratefully accepted but the diamond in the crown would be a victory for Barney Roy in the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day when he is due to have his second encounter with the juggernaut that is Churchill.

After failing to act in the Dip at Newmarket in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, Barney Roy finished with such purpose that he was only a length behind at the line and his programme has been tailored to Tuesday’s feature event since that Classic contest.

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Hannon won with his first runner at Royal Ascot when Toronado took the Queen Anne Stakes in 2014 and added to that success with Baitha Alga in the Norfolk. The following year there was a brace of winners again with Osaila (Sandringham Handicap) and Illuminate (Albany) but a blank last year wouldn’t have rested well.

However, his juvenile division looks exceedingly strong this time around with the likes of Natural, Out of The Flames, De Bruyne Horse and Denaar, to name but a few, and his older horses and three-year-old handicappers look more than capable of holding their own.

With the Royal Meeting almost upon on us, Richard kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his leading prospects.

All Horses

Al Fujairah

Form Profile:

Two-year-old who has shown promise in both starts. Finished fifth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Finniston Farm at Haydock in May and sixth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Glorious Journey at Newmarket (6f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He is entered in the Windsor Castle Stakes and plans are still fluid yet. He is better than he shown so far and we will wait and see where he goes next.

Barney Roy

Form Profile:

High-class colt who won his maiden at Haydock (1m) last September by three and three quarter lengths from Fujairah Bridge and followed up on his reappearance in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury (7f) in April when beating Dream Castle two lengths. Lost no caste in defeat when runner-up, beaten two lengths, to a length, to Churchill in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May and has had the St James’s Palace Stakes as a target ever since.

Trainer Says:

He had a nice breeze over seven furlongs at Kempton on Monday and James Doyle was delighted with him. We pinpointed Ascot after his run in the 2000 Guineas and we have never been in a hurry with this horse. He became very unbalanced when he came through the Dip at Newmarket and in the circumstance Barney Roy did exceptionally well to finish only a length behind Churchill. He stumbled so badly that I thought he had broken a leg and ducked down and somehow managed to stay upright before finishing so well. Ascot will suit him much better where you don’t have the ups and downs at Newmarket and he was only having the third run of his life and will know more this time. I am really pleased we kept him fresh for the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Buridan (FR)

  • 2-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Choisir - Lady Mckell (Raven's Pass)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Windsor, 12 Jun 2017 18:00
  • Result: Won/9, quickly away, raced on near side rail, disputed lead until went on 2f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, edged left towards finish, held on
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Form Profile:

Widely-touted prior to his debut at Windsor on Monday and duly landed odds of 8-11 when getting home by a neck from Mr Top Hat.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse we have liked ever since he arrived at the stable and he did well to win at Windsor. He will come on a ton for that run and he had a great disposition and an air of class about him. He will be given an entry in the Norfolk Stakes and we will make a final decision early next week.

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De Bruyne Horse

Form Profile:

Only fifth to Way Of Wisdom on his debut at Newmarket (5f) in May but has improved considerably since. Hacked up by seven lengths from Way Of Wisdom at Ripon in May and followed up in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom (6f) in June when staying on strongly for a two-length success from Cardsharp.

Trainer Says:

All being well he will run in the Coventry Stakes. He is progressing nicely and won well at Epsom despite the track. He has come out the Woodcote well, is in great form and takes everything in his stride. He is a horse who is still learning and should improve again.

Video Form
21 May 2017:

Denaar

Form Profile:

Winner of both of his starts to date – scored easily by two and three quarter lengths from Poignant at Chelmsford (5f) in May and followed up with a three-quarter length defeat of Starlight Melody in a conditions event at Newbury (6f) later in the month.

Trainer Says:

He is another entered in the Coventry and is unbeaten in two starts. He showed he was very tough when winning at Newbury second time and that has brought him on a lot mentally. I would expect him to improve and run a big race.

Video Form
8 May 2017:

Elysium Dream

Form Profile:

Promise on debut at Lingfield (5f) in May when fourth, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to One Minute and off the mark next time at Windsor (6f) when short heading Angel Of The South.

Trainer Says:

She did well to win over six furlongs last time at Windsor and the further she goes the better. She is in the Chesham and the step up to seven furlongs should prove ideal.

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George William

Form Profile:

In fine form this season and made a winning reappearance on fast ground at Nottingham (1m) in April when beating GK Chesterton a neck. Followed up with another courageous effort when fourth, beaten three quarters of a length, to Banskea in the Spring Cup at Newbury (1m) later that month and maintained his consistency when runner-up, failed by only three quarters of a length, to Fastnet Tempest in the Victoria Cup (7f) at Ascot in May.

Trainer Says:

He has strengthened up a lot this year and has been a model of consistency. The Royal Hunt Cup is obviously an ultra-competitive event but he had unlucky not to finish closer in the Victoria Cup and, back over a mile on a track he likes, he should run a big race.

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Kool Kompany (IRE)

Form Profile:

Returned for a second spell with the stable last Autumn (trained for a spell by Chris Waller in Australia) and beaten only a neck by Estikaar in the Listed Ben Marshall Stakes at Newmarket (1m) last October on his second run back. Made a winning reappearance this term when short heading Stormy Antarctic in a listed event at Doncaster (1m) in April and best subsequent effort when fourth, beaten a length and three quarters, to Sovereign Debt in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom (1m 1/2f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He heads to the Queen Anne Stakes. He ran a super race in the Diomed at Epsom where he met traffic problems. Off a strong pace at Ascot he should be right there.

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Natural (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of her only start and made all for an impressive length and three quarter success from Time Change at Doncaster (6 1/2f) at the beginning of the month.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly with a lot of speed and the six furlongs of the Albany Stakes should suit her well. She won impressively over six and a half at Doncaster on Derby day and she is a filly with loads of ability. She should run a very big race in the Albany.

Video Form
3 Jun 2017:

Oh This Is Us (IRE)

Form Profile:

Has been a model of consistency and beaten only a neck by Bravery in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster (1m) in April. Went one better at Bath (1m) later that month when scoring by a length from Hors De Combat and improved on that effort when beating Absolutely So a neck in a listed event at Haydock (7f) in May. Highly creditable third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Sovereign Debt in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom (1m 1/2f) latest start.

Trainer Says:

He has done nothing but improve this season and ran a super race in the Diomed. He is another who would appreciate a strong pace in the Queen Anne and I expect him to be right in the firing line.

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Out Of The Flames

  • 2-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Showcasing - Primo Lady (Lucky Story)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Ascot, 21 Jun 2017 15:05
  • Result: 3/23, raced near side, chased leaders, slightly outpaced 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on in 3rd inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge
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Form Profile:

Failed by only a short head when third to Mrs Gallagher when favourite for her debut at Ascot (5f) in May and was heavily odds-on when slamming Listen Alexander three lengths in a novice event at Windsor (5f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

She improved from her first run at Ascot to win well at Windsor and has improved since. She is working well and should be right there at the finish of the Queen Mary.

Video Form
22 May 2017:

Son Of The Stars

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Delegator - Michelle Shift (Night Shift)
  • Trained by: R Hannon
  • Last Race: Ascot, 22 Jun 2017 17:00
  • Result: 11/29, tracked leaders stands side, challenged over 2f out, ridden and lost place inside final furlong, one pace
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Form Profile:

Scored by three and a quarter lengths from Opinionate on debut at Kempton (1m) last December and made a successful handicap bow at Chelmsford (1m) in April when beating Prosper two lengths. Failed by only a head behind Ronald R when bidding to complete a hat trick at Newmarket (1m) in May.

Trainer Says:

He is an unexposed colt who has done nothing wrong in three starts and has been working well. The Britannia Handicap is one of the most competitive races at the meeting but he deserves to take his chance.

Video Form
13 Apr 2017:

Tajaanus (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of her only start at Newmarket (6f) in May when beating Queen Penn half a length.

Trainer Says:

She goes to the Albany too and won well on her debut at Newmarket on ground that was far from ideal for her. She has come on plenty for that run and will be much better on top of the ground.

The Grape Escape (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner on his debut in a maiden at Sandown (1m) in September when beating Good Craic a neck. Two solid efforts in handicaps this season – finished third, beaten half a length, to Atty Perse in the Esher Cup at Sandown (1m) in April and runner-up, beaen a length and a half, to Leader’s Legacy at Haydock in May.

Trainer Says:

He is another unexposed colt who heads for the Britannia. He has been working well and he should give a good account of himself.

Tupi (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 26 starts and at his most impressive when beating Captain Colby four lengths in the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster (6f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is in great form and has the option of the Wokingham or the Golden Jubilee. I will decide nearer the time but expect him to run well in his chosen engagement.

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