Trainer Richard Hannon is looking to add to his success at Ascot with the Paradise Stakes in his sights
With 2023 Royal Ascot on the horizon, trainers across the country will be into their final preparations with the hope that their horses will bring them success.
Richard Hannon is most certainly no stranger to success in numerous races at Ascot over previous years. He will be looking for further success in the Paradise Stakes, which will see two of his horses take part.
His initial success at Ascot came in the 2014 renewal, where Toronado crossed the line first in the Queen Anne Stakes to give Hannon his first ever victory at Ascot. Toronado fended off competition from Verrazano (United States) and Anodin (Ireland), who had to settle for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In 2017, another of his horses, Barney Roy, won the St James’s Palace Stakes, with Lancaster Bomber (United States), Thunder Snow (Ireland) and Churchill (Ireland) rounding off the top four.
Fast forward to 2019, further success arrived for Hannon when King Of Change won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The lead was never really in doubt in what was a comfortable victory. The Revenant (Great Britain), Safe Voyage (Ireland) and Veracious (Great Britain) occupied the remaining three spots in the top four.
Lusail is one of Hannon’s two horses entering the Paradise Stakes in 2023, and has had great success in Group 1, 2 and 3 races in recent times.
Group 2 success came at York Racecourse in the Dubai Gimcrack Stakes in August 2021. A fantastic performance in the 2022 St. James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) at Ascot followed in June 2022, with a 2nd place finish being secured.
As for Chindit, it was a very respectable 4th place finish in the 2022 Queen Anne Stakes. Hannon will be hoping that both horses challenge near the top of the order. Pat Dobbs is set to be Chindit’s jockey, and the Irishman has had previous Ascot success, winning the Coronation Cup with Pether’s Moon in 2015.
Speaking about his ambitions for this year’s Paradise Stakes, Hannon said (via Racing Post): “I’m very happy with his (Chandit) work but he can’t go on soft ground, so we’ll wait and head for the Paradise Stakes at Ascot and then the Lockinge.
“He’ll carry a Group 2 penalty this year, so we have to be aiming high, and if we have to go abroad, then so be it. The mission is to win a Group 1 and make him a stallion.”
All eyes will be on the Paradise Stakes, which is a trial race for the Queen Anne Stakes. Success in this race will give a clear indication as to the chances of success when the race takes place as part of the 2023 Royal Ascot in June.
With the Royal Ascot just weeks away, excitement and anticipation is building for what is set to be an enthralling five days of world class horse racing once again.
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