Son to four-time Champion Trainer Richard Hannon Sr, Richard Hannon Jr - born on November 21, 1975 - has taken over where his father left off in 2013 and has enjoyed plenty of big-race winners.
His father trained over 4,000 winners, with his final year in training his best of the lot, racking up 238 winners and over £4.5 million in prize money despite having started with just nine horses, including five hurdlers. Hannon Jr described the task as ‘impossible’ when taking over from his father, but enjoyed immediate success at East Everleigh.
A brilliant first season which included 2000 Guineas success with Night of Thunder and a Queen Anne Stakes victory with Toronado was a sign of things to come for the Hannon team.
Night of Thunder repeated the Group 1 trick in 2015 with a Lockinge Stakes victory at Newbury, while Hannon showed his versatility by training the Coronation Cup winner with Pethers Moon in the same season.
Ventura Storm gave Hannon a rare win in Italy in 2016, taking the Gran Premio del Jockey Club but it was the following year that he had yet more success at the Royal meeting.
Barney Roy had been beaten by Aidan O’Brien’s Churchill in the 2000 Guineas but exerted revenge in the St. James’s Palace Stakes, beating another Ballydoyle inmate Lancaster Bomber. The Godolphin horse would go on to be a narrow second in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown and third in the Juddmonte International at York Racecourse.
A second Classic then followed for Hannon in 2018, with 66/1 shot Billesdon Brook starting the outsider of the 15-runner field. But despite the lack of market confidence, she repelled all challengers to give Hannon a first success in the 1000 Guineas.