Champion trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed that his son, Richard Hannon Junior will take over as trainer at his stables at Herridge Racing Stables in Wiltshire as from January 1.
Hot on the heels of the announcement came the news that Horris Hill winner,Piping Rock, which was recently acquired by Sheikh Mohammed’s operation, will join Richard Hannon Junior next season, along with Irish Derby winner Trading Leather.
The announcement was made on his son’s 38th birthday, but not much will change in the running of the training operations there. Hannon Senior retires as champion trainer, a title he has held for three of the past four years, but says he will still be up and out in the morning for the first lot, but will go racing less often.
He said his son had more than earned the right to have his name on the licence.
” I love being with the horses but, these past couple of seasons, I have started to wind down and go racing less,” he said.
But his eye for a good horse will still be an asset to the yard, enabling the fomidable training operation there to succeed with cheaply bought horses. This year was a classic example, with the most expensive of stable superstars of 2013, Olympic Glory, Toronado and Sky Lantern, costing just £65,000.
Hannon Senior will have one final chance of bringing home a big winner before he hand over the reins. Sky Lantern in set to compete in the Hong Kong Cup on ridden by his son-in-law Richard Hughes. Meanwhile he has praised his son, for improving the quality of horses in the yard by bringing in owners like Sheikh Hamdan and Qatari Sheikh Joaan.