Richard Hannon is often the centre of the attention at Goodwood – but he can be sure of being so tomorrow.
The Wiltshire-based handler will be given a rapturous reception when he is presented with the racecourse’s Dick Hern Trophy for an incredible fourth successive season.
You have to go back to 2007 and Mick Channon’s lifting of the trophy – given each year to the trainer with the most wins in Goodwood’s season – to find the last time it went elsewhere.
Hannon, with 19 victories, is so far ahead of his rivals this term he could have been presented with the trophy before Glorious Goodwood.
He aims to go out with a bang, too – with 12 horses among the 110 declared for tomorrow’s eight-race card.
Hannon will pick up the award after the 2.35pm race – the Goodwood Aero Club Stakes.
And Adam Waterworth reckons he deserves all the accolades that come his way.
‘It’s an incredible record he has here,’ said Goodwood’s managing director.
‘In Richard Hughes, he has a stable jockey who rides this course better than most.
‘The yard is relatively local to us and many of his owners enjoy seeing their horses here.
‘The fact he’s on course to be champion trainer again, having run so many horses at Goodwood is also fantastic for the racecourse.
‘And you wouldn’t bet against him being our top operator again next year and even in 2013.’
Kieren Fallon will aim to boost his champion jockey hopes with a couple of rides.
He is just a few wins adrift of reigning champion Paul Hanagan.
Meanwhile, it’s the annual chance for National Hunt jockeys to test themselves on the Downs in the opener – the two-mile Fornells Alderbrook Stakes (2pm).