Richard Hannon has enjoyed multiple Royal Ascot successes over the years, with the likes of Toronado, Illuminate and Baitha Alga all recent winners for the Wiltshire trainer. Team Hannon look to have their strongest team in recent years to give them Royal glory.
Oh This Is Us (Queen Anne) – Won listed Spring Trophy before finishing third in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom.
Kool Kompany (Queen Anne) – Fourth in the Diomed, but won listed Doncaster Mile earlier in the season.
“They both had traffic problems at Epsom but both ran very well. The plan is to head to Ascot and off a strong pace they should both be right there. Neil Werrett is coming over from Australia with a load of the guys and this is a very exciting time for them.”
De Bruyne Horse (Coventry Stakes) – Followed up a maiden win by battling out success in Epsom’s Woodcote Stakes on Derby Day.
“He is a progressive sort and won well at Epsom in spite of the track. He has come out of the Woodcote in great form and continues to take everything in his stride. He is a horse that is still learning his trade and should improve again next time.”
Denaar (Coventry Stakes) – Won a Chelmsford maiden, before adding further success in a competitive conditions race at Newbury.
“He showed he was very tough at Newbury and that run will have brought him on a lot mentally. I would expect him to improve and run a big race.”
Barney Roy (St James’ Palace Stakes) – Winner of the Greenham Stakes before finishing second to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas. He was short of room that day, and hopes to turn the form.
“Barney Roy has come out really well from that run and with a stronger pace he would have finished much closer. The mile at Ascot is right up his street and I can see him putting it up to Churchill in a big way.”
Out Of The Flames (Queen Mary) – After a good maiden effort, she won her maiden at Windsor without being asked too much.
“This filly came on markedly, improving plenty from her debut at Ascot. She has plenty of pace and has been working very well since her last start. She should be right there at the finish.”
George William (Royal Hunt Cup) – Won a Nottingham handicap before running well in Newbury’s Spring Cup. Short of room when close second in the Victoria Cup, raised 3lb but looks progressive.
“He has strengthened up nicely this year and has been in great form. He was unlucky not to finish closer in the Victoria Cup last time and back at a track he likes over a mile he should run a big race.”
Son Of The Stars (Britannia Stakes) – Won two races over a mile, before finishing a close second at Newmarket last time out.
The Grape Escape (Britannia Stakes) – Won on debut, but well beaten in a Group Three as a two-year-old. Gone close in two handicaps over a mile this season.
“They are unexposed colts who should be very strong on the line. They have been working well and I am very happy with the hand I have to play.”
Natural (Albany Stakes) – A visually very impressive winner at Doncaster in June, didn’t need much to defeat the field and looks very promising.
“She is a filly with plenty of speed and the six furlongs should suit her well. She won impressively on debut and I think she is a filly with a lot of ability. She should run a very big race.”
Tajaanus (Albany) – Well bred filly who tip-toed through traffic to fly home and enjoy a narrow win at Newmarket on only start.
“She has come on plenty for that run and will be much better back on top of the ground. She did everything wrong at HQ and still managed to win.”
Elysium Dream (Chesham) – Finished fourth at Lingfield on debut, before winning next time out at Windsor in a photo finish over 6f. Expected to do better over a longer trip.
“She did well to win last time at Windsor having just gotten her head in front on the line. The further she goes the better she goes and I think she would have a real chance over the stiff seven furlongs.”
Tupi (Diamond Jubilee or Wokingham) – Impressive four length winner of Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster, before midfield in Duke Of York, rated 109.
“He could either head for the Wokingham or to the Golden Jubilee. I will decide closer to the time but he is in some form and I would expect him to run well wherever we run.”