Hannon aiming for five in a row
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Master Of War aims to continue Richard Hannon's superb record in the Audi Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday.
The champion trainer has saddled the last four winners of the Group Two juvenile prize and this year's representative has sound claims based on his Listed-race victory at Newbury last time.
The highest rated horse in the eight-strong field is the David Barron-trained Ahern.
Since a most impressive racecourse debut at Musselburgh in May, the son of Dutch Art has finished fifth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and third in the July Stakes at Newmarket on his first attempt at six furlongs.
Ahern's owners, Qatar Racing, have a second major contender in the shape of Mick Channon's Cay Verde.
He was one place behind Ahern in the Norfolk and makes his first start since that race.
Richard Fahey saddles both Euxton Hall and Ginger Goose, while Brian Meehan is represented by Windsor winner Secret Sign.
Mark Johnston's Heavy Metal and Top Boy from the Derek Shaw yard complete the final line-up.