Richard Hannon | Soldier's Girl to Win The War

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Richard Hannon | Soldier's Girl to Win The War

A mammoth 22 runners up and down the country so let's waste no time in summing up their chances!

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A nice well-bred colt by Havana Gold who is showing more than enough ability to suggest his winning opportunity won't be far away but he will definitely need this and is one to keep an eye on further down the line.


She ran very well on her debut at Newbury over 6f when staying on so the step up to 7f will suit here. I've been very happy with her mentally and physically since then and I expect her to go very well. She has a massive chance.


NAYEL-Pat Dobbs

I own this horse now so he needs to repay the faith I've kept in him! He won on his seasonal debut at Nottingham last time but has been whacked sup 5lbs by the Handicapper so has to produce a career best and that's hard to see happening at the age of five! He's in good form though and that win will have done his confidence good. The trip is his optimum, too.



(pictured, left) I like this filly and she'll come on a bundle for her seasonal debut when third over course and distance in May. She's off the same mark and I rate her chances quite highly.


GALACTIC-Timmy Murphy

He ran very greenly on debut at Haydock and I expect him to be much sharper here. There's a lot to like about him and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him troubling the judge.

TIGRE DU TERRE-Martin Harley

He's got lots of stamina in his pedigree, hence we're starting out over this trip, and his work has been very pleasing. I really like him and expect him to go close.


WEFAIT-George Wood

A lovely horse who is very consistent and always tries his best. It was great to see him get his head back in front at Windsor last time and he's 3lbs higher here. This is his ideal distance though and the ground will really suit. Obviously, he has to pull out a little more from the fire but he's been in good heart at home and I wouldn't put you off backing him each way. 



He likes to bowl along up front and we'll be hoping to do the same here back down to 7f after probably not quite lasting home over a mile in his last two starts. The Handicapper has given him a couple of pounds back and there is no reason why he shouldn't run a good race. He's a decent little colt.

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MEDAHIM-Sean Levey

He's a little in and out but ran better than his form figure suggests in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last time and if he can replicate his Goodwood effort prior to that, he'd have every chance here. I think the track will suit him and he did a particularly pleasing gallop last week. 


TABARRAK- Ryan Moore

(pictured, left) I was very pleased with his run in the Royal Hunt Cup when not beaten far into fifth and he races off the same mark here. We're happy to have secured the services of Ryan Moore and if getting luck in running, he goes there with a favourites chance. He has a touch of class.


He's had lots of problems but shaped well for quite some time on his return to action at Goodwood when he desperately needed the run. The drop back to this trip will be in his favour and he'll be much sharper this time around. I think he still retains plenty of ability and you never know, he could fill a place.


ETEFAAQ-Sean Levey

A lovely horse who has always shown plenty and we were very pleased when he stepped up on his debut to score at the same track last time. That was over 6f but he made all and stayed on well so the extra furlong today will be right up his street. We've got a decent record in this race and I think this colt is more than capable of adding to our tally, I really do. A very well bred colt who ran well on his debut at Chester last time. He's improved a bundle since that and with the experience under his belt, and the step up to seven furlongs, I expect him to go very well. 




I really like this colt and he's our only runner up at York so I hope the journey up there will be worth it. He was second on debut at the track and then won very well at Goodwood last time. We think an awful lot of this animal; he's very smart indeed.  




He was outclassed in the Queen Anne last month and this is a much easier opportunity for him. The draw in 4 is ok and he's been in good shape in the mornings across at Everleigh. This is a good race for him and he won't be far away.


PEPITA-Steve Drowne

She's been a little unlucky in her last two runs so deserves to get her head in front but this looks a competitive race and she has to give weight all round. That said, she's the best horse on ratings so should be bang there. She worked nicely on Wednesday and should go well if getting the splits.



He's been out of form so far this season but Rossa is very good value for his 7lb claim so potentially he could be well handicapped here and he might be the sort of horse to like the twists and turns of Chester. 




He got undone by the soft ground at Doncaster last time so draw a line through that. His debut was very good and he's getting better all the time. I expect him to go very close indeed. 


I actually quite like this horse and he's shown plenty of ability on the gallops. He ran very green on debut at Windsor but will be much sharper here and I wouldn't be surprised to see him step up considerably on his first run.


PROCURATOR-Oisin Murphy 

We're struggling to find his best trip so we're going back to 6f and I hope it will suit. He's a pretty consistent horse and coming down the weights a bit so I'd be hopeful of a good show if there's enough pace on, which there should be.


MAMDOOD-Dane O'Neill

We've had him gelded and it has made him focus on the job in hand! To be honest he was quite progressive last year and this is his first run in a Handicap over a mile. He will definitely come on for the run but I've been very happy with his work and he won't be far away.



I'm amazed he's never won a race as he works very well and definitely has the ability. This is his first start over 1m4f and he looks quite well handicapped so if everything drops right he would have a big chance.



A real tough gutsy filly by Dick Turpin who wears her heart on her sleeve as her victory over course and distance last time will testify. She's 5ls higher here but there might still be something to come and I really rate her in this race. She won't be far away

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Don't forget to follow @RHannonracing and @stanjamesracing for news on all the runners from our yard along with ante-post price updates, speaking of which I see BARNEY ROY is now 10/30 for the Juddmonte International next month; let's hope the bookies have got it right! 

Best of luck,


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