Trainer Richard Hannon senior ended his impressive training career yesterday with three runners at Lingfield Park. He described them all as ‘low key’, but one of his two runners in the Nursery race, 14-1 shot Sebs Sensei, ridden by Sean Levey was beaten only in the final strides. Amontillado ridden by Kieren O’Neill, was sixth.
He can look back on an outstanding final season in which he sent out a record 235 winners and captured a fifth trainers’s title. His final runner was Lions Arch, carrying top weight in the 7 furlong Ladbrokes Handicap, and which finished third in a valiant performance, beaten only by two necks.
From today, his son Richard will officially be trainer although Hannon senior has said that nothing will change in the way the training operation is conducted. As usual there will not be many runners from the yard early in the new year, as is customary for the stables.
But he has said that he is pleased about quality of the new yearlings taken in at the yard, which will produce the juveniles for 2014 and is happy that the three-year-olds are a quality bunch.
Group 1 winner Toormore will be one of the quality horses taking the team into the coming season and Richard Hannon senior will still play a vital role in selection of horses for the string, with everyday running of the yard going on much in the same way as a team effort.
His son Richard could saddle his first runner as a trainer at Wolverhampton on Saturday when Unscripted is entered in the Ladbrokes Median Auction Maiden race.