Hannon aims quartet at Coventry
Sunday 17 June 2012
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 on Tuesday.
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.
"This has been a lucky race for us, and, while we have no Canford Cliffs this year, we run four very good horses," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.
"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.
"The Taj, who has the stands rail draw in stall 23, did a brilliant piece of work with Olympic Glory a few days before both made their debuts, so it was no surprise when they both won.
"Similarly, Olympic Glory, who is also drawn high (16), won many over when winning at Goodwood and while we did think about waiting a bit longer with him, Julie (Wood, owner) loves to have runners here, and this is a smashing big Choisir colt who deserves his place in the field.
"Last but not least there is Master of War, who is drawn on the other side in stall one. He won well up at Haydock and though we were thinking of taking him to Chepstow or Bath last week, he then did an impressive bit of work at Herridge and we immediately abandoned those plans and upgraded him to the Ascot team."