Bio: Until August, 2018, when his record of 4,193 career winners was finally beaten by Mark Johnston, Richard Hannon was the most successful trainer in the history of British horse racing.


Hannon Snr. – not to be confused with his son, also called Richard, who took over the training operation on the retirement of his father in 2013 – first took out a training licence in 1970. He famously funded the purchase of East Everleigh Stables near Marlborough, Wiltshire with £35,000 he won by backing Mon Fils, winner of the 2,000 Guineas in 1973, at 200/1.


During his lengthy career, Hannon won the 2,000 Guineas twice more, with Don’t Forget Me in 1987 and Tirol in 1990, both of whom also won the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, and the 1,000 Guineas once, with Sky Lantern in 2013. Probably his best horse ever, though, was Canford Cliffs, rated 133 by Timeform and the winner of five Group 1 races, namely the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St. James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes as a three-year-old and the Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes as a four-year-old.


Hannon finished his training career with, far and away, his most successful season ever, saddling 235 winners and amassing over £4.5 million. Unsurprisingly, he became Champion Trainer for the third time in four years and the fourth time overall.



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