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Richard Hannon | Oisin 'Au Natural' for the Albany Stakes

How time flies! It's Day 4 of Royal Ascot already!  A pretty quiet day for us on Friday with just two runners so I hope it's a case of quality over quantity. 

Thoughts on our runners on are below:

Richard Hannon | Son of the Stars to shine at Ascot

We turn our attentions to Day 3 of Royal Ascot and I think we have some decent chances among them.

Richard Hannon | Out of the Flames to set Ascot alight

We go into Wednesday of Royal Ascot flying high after Barney Roy's brilliant win in the St James's Palace Stakes and what a thrill he provided! We deliberately kept him fresh for this and it's worked out very well indeed!

The top hat has been dusted off and we’re all set for another five days of brilliant racing at Royal Ascot and I’d say we’ve got quite a lot of strength in numbers and quality this year so hopefully there are a few winners among them.

Richard Hannon | Harbour Grey to light up the day

We’ve a busy weekend before our attentions turn to Royal Ascot from Tuesday and we should have around 25 representing the yard over the five days.

Richard Hannon | Warrior's Spirit to Shine Through

With Royal Ascot just around the corner we’re starting to sort out which horses will represent us and in what races and I’ll say we’ll have around 30 runners over the five days including BARNEY ROY who will hopefully get us off to a good start in the G1 St James Palace Stakes on the Tuesday.

We hit the crossbar a few times last weekend but have still been among the winners during the week and I was particularly pleased with DOTTED SWISS who won on her debut at Lingfield. She's a very smart filly and we would have to look at Royal Ascot now and something like the Albany. 

The horses are absolutely flying and I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going at present. It’s all down to the team behind me as well and if we can continue this way until the end of the season it would be nice to think we can be in with a shout of winning another Championship – but of course it’s a long way off yet and we’ve got lots of work to get ahead of Aidan O’Brien in the prize money battle!

Richard Hannon | Get your coat, Marlene, we've won!

This meeting at Sandown is always a good fixture to have runners at and we’ve enjoyed plenty of winners on the card including TIGGY WIGGY, SIR PRANCEALOT, MONSIEUR CHEVALIER, and even as far back as LYRIC FANTASY who all won the National Stakes for us while the likes of MONTIRIDGE, REDOLENT and BLUEGRASS PRINCE have been successful in the

Richard Hannon | Larchmont Lad to return to winning ways

The horses continue to run well and it was nice to saddle a double at Newmarket yesterday so we go into this weekend's action with some good chances and, hopefully, they will all continue our good run of form.



2:55 CONTRAST (London Gold Cup)

Richard Hannon | George William could run another big race

It was great to see MUTAWATHEB get his head in front at Chester on Thursday after getting no luck at all in his seasonal debut at Chelmsford and he looks a very exciting horse for the rest of the year. We will have a look at something like the Britannia at Royal Ascot and quite possibly take him to Goodwood at the end of the month for the race Oh This Is Us won last year.

The good start to the season continued last weekend at Newbury and it was great to see BARNEY ROY justify all the confidence I had in him when winning the Greenham and all being well, will head to Newmarket for the Guineas. I see the Handicapper has put him up 24lbs which definitely rules him out of Handicaps anyway!

Richard Hannon | War Glory to lead the charge

I’ve said my bit on the prize money situation so before upsetting any more people, I’ll leave it there but I will add it’s great to be racing for some good purses this weekend with a brilliant card at

Richard Hannon | MoneyoryourLife to fly and deliver?

I couldn't have asked for a better start to the season at Doncaster and Kempton last week where WEFAIT got the ball rolling and will be a smart horse this season over a mile and a half. KOOL KOMPANY winning at Doncaster was a bit of a surprise as I really thought he'd need it and to be honest I still think he did so there will be lots of improvement to come from him.

It’s hard to believe the 2017 Flat Turf season is upon us but it’s great to be back up and running again, although we still kept ourselves pretty busy on the All Weather and had some runners abroad so there was always something going on! The horses are all starting to come to hand and have wintered particularly well.

Richard Hannon | £1.5m prize money - You can take that to the bank!

The final day of the 2016 Flat Turf season is upon and we have a few heading up to Doncaster hoping to sign off with a winner before heading into hibernation for the winter.

Eight runners across Newmarket and Chelmsford will be flying the Hannon flag this Saturday and with the ground still on the good side it makes sense to get as many out as possible as usually the going is pretty soft at this time of year and we don’t have so many runners so we’re making the most of it!

It’s going to be a mammoth Saturday for the stable with 19 runners up and down the country and hopefully there will be plenty of winners among them! We’re at the end of the season now so as long as the horses are fit and well, it makes sense to give them one last run before they all get roughed off and head into winter hibernation.

As the season begins to reach its climax, this weekend is definitely our quietest of the campaign with just two runners representing the stable on Saturday where all of the attention will, quite rightly, focus on the Qipco British Champions Day.

My thoughts on our runners are outlined below:

Richard Hannon | Weekend Racing Preview

We're heading towards the end of the season so we don't have quite as many runners as usual because some are done for the year, but there are still plenty to go to war with and lots more winners waiting to happen. Our horsebox will be heading to York and Newmarket tomorrow and it's a case of quality over quantity. 

My thoughts on our runners are outlined below: