The Hannon family knows a thing or two about training winners. And how to celebrate them.
Richard Hannon Sr, pictured below, succeeded his father, Harry, as a trainer in 1970 and accumulated a then-record 4,193 winners. He was a four-time champion trainer and won the 2000 Guineas three times and 1000 Guineas twice.
He then passed the baton to his son, Richard Hannon Jr, who has wasted no time rattling up 1200 winners from their Wiltshire base and making his mark in QIPCO British Champions Series races.
He had been working as assistant to his father for almost a decade and is credited by his father as bringing a lot of new owners.
He began in 2014 with 279 horses, a record for the stable, and was crowned champion in his first year with a licence.
Night Of Thunder won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas for him at 40/1 under Kieren Fallon, while Olympic Glory (Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes) and Toronado (Queen Anne Stakes) were other big winners for him that year. He ended 2014 with 206 winners, a tally he has yet to beat.
Other significant victories since then have included Barney Roy (2017 St James’s Palace Stakes), Billesdon Brook (the QIPCO 1000 Guineas in 2018) and King Of Change (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2019).
Hannon is a triplet, with brother Henry and sister Elizabeth. He also has another three sisters, Claire, Fanny and Julie. Elizabeth is married to trainer Richard Hughes, who was formerly champion jockey when riding primarily for the Hannons.
He married his second wife, Jemima in 2011. The couple have two children – Eliza and Jack.