Herridge and Everleigh Racing Stables
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January 1, 2014
January 3, 2014
First winner – Unscripted winning at Wolverhampton
RICHARD HANNON, who moved into the pilot’s seat on January 1 when succeeding his father as boss at Herridge and Everleigh, is certainly no rookie, having been an integral part of the team as assistant over the last 12 years.
He realises only too well that he has a hard act to follow, but the fact that the Hannons have been Champion Trainer for three of the last four seasons is in no small part due to the input of young Richard.
Richard has undoubtedly taken the operation to a new level and, helped by his outgoing personality, he has recruited some of the biggest owners in the Middle East, which have included Sheikh Joaan and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani from Qatar and Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum and Saeed Manana from Dubai.
Richard Snr managed to become Champion Trainer without the help of Arab patronage in 1992, but that was then and this is now, and so impressed was Sheikh Mohammed with what the Hannons have achieved recently that last autumn he bought the unbeaten two-year-old Piping Rock and requested that the colt remained in the yard.
Sadly, Piping Rock subsequently died of colic, but it was testimony to just how far the gospel has spread that Sheikh Mohammed was keen to want a part of the action.
Racing has changed so much over the last two decades, and young Richard had the vision to see into the future and he knew that to compete with the big battalions such as Coolmore and Godolphin he would have to raise the bar. And he has done just that.
Her Majesty, The Queen, Julie Wood and the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicates have long been a part of the Hannon success story, but both Sir Alex Ferguson and Middleham Park, who own last season’s Champion Two-Year-Old in Europe in Toormore, were quick to join the owner’s rosta, followed by the Rothschilds, though young Richard stresses that there will always be a place for some of his Dad’s long-standing patrons, such as Bob McCreery, Roger Simmons, Michael Pescod, Ken Ivory, Barry Bull and Norman Woodcock.
Young Richard, who went off to Australia, spending time at some of the top stables and studs Down Under, before settling down as his father’s righthand man, has also been instrumental in upgrading the facilities at Herridge, with a brand new luxury office, which includes a viewing balcony for owners overlooking the exercise ring, and modern equine showers and weighing machines all having proved invaluable in their efforts to ensure that they remain as number one.
Richard, who has a twin brother Henry and a twin sister Lizzie, who is married to Champion Jockey Richard Hughes, plus three other sisters, tied the knot with Jemima in 2011.
Their first child, Eliza, followed in January 2012, and on Christmas Day last year along came their first son, Jack.
“Life has never been better, and I can’t wait for the 2014 turf season to begin,” declared Richard, who has inherited the twinkle in the eye that was synonymous with his father.